PLA Team and Contact

Welcome to the Office of Prior Learning Assessment!

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you might have about our various prior learning assessment offerings: 802-828-4064 or

20160824_plaHeadShotsMelissa DeBlois
Director of Prior Learning Assessment

Melissa DeBlois is the Director of the Office of Prior Learning Assessment. Melissa coordinates and provides outreach efforts, hires faculty for portfolio review, course challenges and ETES program reviews, trains faculty to teach portfolio courses, provides information to a variety of audiences via presentations, documentation, videos and webinars, and facilitates portfolio reviews. She spent her first 18 years of her career at Community College of Vermont. Before working in prior learning assessment, she was a Coordinator of Academic Services for the CCV Burlington, then CCV Winooski Academic teams. She has reviewed and developed computer degree programs on the Technology Curriculum Committee for the last 15 years. Melissa holds a Bachelor of Arts from St. Lawrence University and a Master of Education with a focus in Technology Integration from St. Michael’s College.

20160824_plaHeadShots-2Tomás Hedin
Records Specialist

Tomás Hedin is the Record Specialist for the Office of Prior Learning Assessment. He is responsible for the day-to-day administrative functions of the Prior Learning Office. Tomás prepares contracts and documentation for Course Challenges; processes portfolios and all of their documentation, coordinates committee documentation, arranges hospitality for committees and prepares portfolio award packets. Tomás started his career in higher education after working in the food service industry. He holds an Associate of Science from New England Culinary Institute, an Associate of Arts from Community College of Vermont, and a Bachelor of Arts from Northern Vermont University.

Mailing Address:
Prior Learning Assessment
Vermont State Colleges
P.O. Box 489
Montpelier, VT 05601

Physical Address:
660 Elm St.
Montpelier, VT 05602

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