Welcome to Alabama Business Education Association Online!
ABEA is a professional association for business and marketing educators at the middle, secondary, and post-secondary levels. The purpose of ABEA is to promote quality education in all phases of business and to encourage professional growth and cooperative interaction among all individuals involved in this field of education.
Online registration for the ABEA Annual Conference is available now!
For Your Calendar
Alabama Business Education Association Conference
February 6-7 (Birmingham, AL)
National Business Education Association Annual Convention
March 31 - April 4 (Chicago, IL)
FBLA State Leadership Conference
April 17-18 (Birmingham, AL)
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The #BusEdu chat is held every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7PM CST. Visit the chat archive page to learn more. See you there!
Hoover High School
Hometown: Manila, Philippines
Bachelor's in Business Education (Philippines)
Master's in Christian Education (Dallas Theological Semimary)
Education Specialist (Lincoln Memorial University)
National Board Certified Teacher
Microsoft Certified Educator
Microsoft Office Specialist
Years in Profession: 16 years (including four in the Philippines)
Finance Academy I - Career Preparedness
Business Technology Applications
Why She Loves ABEA:
Professional organizations like ABEA keep me fresh, motivated and excited about teaching and the courses that I teach. I also love networking and working with teachers who shares my love of anything Business Education!
How She's Served ABEA:
I helped Judy and Gerri at the ABEA conference this year and learned a lot about the organizational part of ABEA in the process. I also represented Gerri at the NBEA Membership Director’s meeting. I shared with them our plans for recruiting and increasing our membership this year. I also took note of what directors in other states are doing.
A Piece of Advice She'd Give a Brand New Business Educator:
The “I’m here to do my work and I’m good at it” attitude is not enough. Join a professional organization, network with your colleagues, step out of your comfort zone and always be ready to change (most of the time at the last minute)!
What She Enjoys Outside of Teaching:
If I can’t be outside gardening or working with flowers, you will find me reading, posting about my toddler on my blog and other social media or catching up with my family and friends on Facebook.
ABEA members earn Teacher of the Year honors at regional conference
Drs. Geana Mitchell (left) and Elisha Wohleb (right) were selected as this year's Teachers of the Year at the SBEA Annual Convention in Little Rock. Dr. Mitchell was recognized as the Postsecondary TOY for her work at Bevill State Community College. Dr. Wohleb was recognized as the Collegiate TOY for her work at Auburn University.
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Credit for Prior Learning - The Fast Track to College Credit
Dave Laton, Assistant Director of CTE
Ted Davis, Curriculum Development Specialist
Alabama Community College System
Department of Postsecondary Education
Career and Technical Education and Workforce Development Division
The Alabama Community College System recently developed a process by which prospective college students may receive credit for
life experiences and other non-traditional sources of knowledge and skills that equal those gained through a traditional college classroom.
This program is known as, “Prior Learning Assessment” or PLA.
Non-traditional sources of knowledge and skills include learning environments such as on-the-job training, military training, professional development seminars, volunteerism, experience in-field, and many other potential experiences. PLA relies heavily on aligning learning gained through experience with outcomes found in traditional courses of higher education.
Colleges in the Alabama Community College System (ACCS) havethe prerogative to accept transfer credit that has been determined to be acceptable for application to its programs. When making that determination, the college documents that the credit awarded represents collegiate coursework relevant to the associated program in scope, depth, and time consistent with course content and level of instruction. Student competencies must be at least equivalent to those of students enrolled in the college’s own programs of instruction, and with coursework taught by faculty members qualified to teach at the appropriate level.
The process includes students presenting evidence that they possess knowledge and skills in an area for which they are interested. A qualified evaluator for that area will review all documentation to determine if further assessments are needed or to recommend award of credit for courses that match the experience and knowledge of the student. If more assessments are needed then the evaluator will schedule the assessments and provide feedback to the student. Students should contact the college they wish to attend to determine the exact procedure for starting the assessment process. Up to 25% of a program of study can be awarded through this
PLA applies only to technically based courses and is not used for academic transfer courses. Credit awarded through nontraditional means for academic transfer courses may be awarded by examination or nationally recognized guidelines (AP, CLEP, ACT/PEP, DSST, Challenge Exams, ACE PONSI/CREDIT, ACE/MILITARY) or through other statewide programs identified by the Department of Postsecondary Education.
For more information on Prior Learning Assessment, please go to the Alabama Community College System web page.