Student & Alumni Career Services | MCTC

Student & Alumni Career Services


  1. Get to better know yourself. This module asks career seekers: Who are you?  What is motivating you to make positive changes in your life?
  2. Managing Change & Your Attitude. We share the reasons people resist change and how to overcome some of your self-sabotage techniques.  We also discuss attitude and how the way we see the world will share our outcomes.
  3. Goal Setting. We discuss short term, midterm and long-term goals, how to set SMART goals and make sure your goals are balanced. We then have a series of more student success related topics that all tie back to how these skills are going to help participants succeed in the workplace.
  4. Effective Communication & Networking. This module addresses the different ways we communicate I the world from verbal to non-verbal communication.  We also talk about people in your existing network that could lead to a career opportunity and how to identify a mentor that aligns with your career aspirations.
  5. Today's Job Search Strategies. This is where we discuss the hidden job market (people in your network) versus the published job market ( and how to navigate the two effectively. We then have three modules on interviewing.
  6. Branding: Resume, Cover Letter, Job Application, Online Presence.  Professional branding gets into all the factors that contribute to a career seekers professional brand from their first impression in a job application, how their resume is put together, their online social media presence and professional dress.
  7. Learning to Learn & Stress Relief Strategies. We discuss the importance of becoming a life-long learner and how this makes you more adaptable and positioned for upward mobility.  We also give stress relief strategies including mental preparation, physical preparation and breathing techniques.
  8. Becoming a Successful Online Student. This module serves as a translation guide for anyone that is used to learning in a face to face classroom setting that is moving to an online learning environment.  We address LMS navigation, discussion board etiquette, how to communicate with facilitators, etc. We then start to address the skills gap issues employers are asking about regularly.
  9. Time Management. Time Management gets into how to set a schedule, looking at your daily responsibilities, how you are currently spending your time and opportunities to become more productive. We also address procrastination. Not only that we do it, but what are some of the reasons for procrastinating and how can we overcome it.
  10. Preparing for the Interview. This module addresses how to research the company, the specific person your meeting with, what kinds of questions to have prepared.  How to prepare differently if you are meeting on Zoom versus a group or one on one interview.
  11. The Interview Process Part 2.The interview processes let’s career seekers know that interviewing is a buyer/seller relationship.  It is your job to understand the needs of that specific employer and match yourself up as the solution. We share different personality types of interviewers and how to effectively answer questions for their buying style.  We also discuss overcoming objections, asking for next steps and follow up.
  12. Answering Difficult Questions. This module gets into the most commonly asked interview questions and strategies to successfully answer them
  13. Performance & Student Skills. Study Skills gets into note taking, test taking, reading strategies, etc. and how learning these skills will help you in the workplace. 
  14. Cultural Diversity & Conflict Resolution. This module discusses the different biases we all enter the world with based on our background and influences and how we can turn those biases into curiosity to create more productive working relationships.
  15. Responsible Borrowing & Budgeting. This module gets into basic financial literacy including how to set a budget, what is the difference between a student loan and grant, what is a credit score and the factors that contribute to that.  Even down to what is a credit card annual percentage rate and how is that calculated.
  16. Working in Teams. This module addresses group dynamics, the different roles we play when we are working in a team and how to make decisions in a group environment.
  17. On the Job Success. On the job success is all about defining what initiative looks like and how to show up as a 21st century superstar.  Being early, helping with new hires, volunteering for special projects and keeping a positive attitude.
  18. Work Life Ballance & Preparing for the Future. This module goes into all the of the factors that surround a successful career.  What is a 401K? And why should I participate if my company offers one.  The importance of healthy sleep patterns, nutrition, exercise, and work-life balance strategies.


Credit for prior learning is a term used to describe knowledge gained outside of a traditional academic environment. Potential areas for credit for prior learning can include:

  • Work experience
    Participation in employer training programs
  • Military service
    Independent study
    Volunteer work or community service
  • Study of open source courseware

By demonstrating the knowledge gained through these experiences, via various prior learning assessments (PLAs), you may be able to earn college credit. Credit for prior learning is the same credit that would be awarded if you learned through a traditional class.

It is important to note that Credit for Prior Learning is not a guarantee that credit will be awarded; rather Credit for Prior Learning is a process that creates the opportunity for review of relevant skills in consideration for college credit.

How Can I Use It?
Credit for prior learning applies toward majors, minors, concentrations, general education requirements, and electives that count toward the degree or certificate you're seeking. They can also satisfy prerequisite requirements.

What Are the Requirements?
Credit for prior learning can only be awarded to students who have been admitted to MCTC.
We also recommend that any students interested in credit for prior learning meet with their academic advisors to ensure that the credit they're interested in will meet requirements for their academic programs. Changing majors may results in the reassessment of the credit and how it can be used toward the new program's educational requirements.

How Much Can I Use?
MCTC will honor a maximum of 30 credit hours of prior learning credit for an associate's degree. However, whether you're seeking a certificate, diploma, or degree, at least 25% of the credit hours required for a credential must be completed at the MCTC college awarding the credential. This means that the amount of prior learning credit you can apply to your credential may be less than the full 30 credit hours.

For assistance contact Angie K. Potter Coordinator for Credit for Prior Learning.
606-759-7141 ext. 66112 or via email.  

Are you prepared with the right soft skills to jumpstart or reignite your career?  Develop the areas that matter most!

The Sixteen Competencies

  • Analytical Problem Solving      
  • Continuous Learning  
  • Cooperative Teamwork
  • Coping with Pressure
  • Customer Focus
  • Decision-Making
  • Drive for Excellent Results
  • Flexibility
  • Influential Communication
  • Initiative
  • Innovation
  • Integrity and Respect
  • Management of Others
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Reliability
  • Strategic Vision

Getting started 

  1. Click on Am I Job Ready?
  2. Select Develop Your Skills 
  3. Select A Competency Video to Watch
  4. Test the Skill   
  5. Watch another video and test the skill

When you have WATCHED all videos, and MASTERED all sixteen competencies you will have earned an electronic seal that you can show employers that showcase your talents and strengthens your personal brand.

Source: PAN Am I Job Ready?



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Angie K. Potter

Coordinator, Center for Career Development and Experiential Learning & Coordinator, Credit for Prior Learning

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