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Indiana Guidance Allows Use of WIA Funds for PLA

An example of close collaboration between a state workforce system and higher education comes from Indiana, where the state issued guidance that allows for the use of Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funds to cover the costs for students pursuing credit through prior learning assessment (PLA).

The guidance, issued in 2012, explicitly allows for WIA funds to be used for fees associated with receiving credits awarded through tests or portfolios, through prior learning assessment courses that lead to the development of portfolios, or from third parties that evaluate prior experience and award credit that is then transferred to an institution.

Adhering to overall WIA requirements, the PLA credits must be part of an individual’s academic and career plan and must be part of a degree or certificate program at an approved training provider.  

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