You can earn credit for prior college-level learning and apply it toward your associate or bachelor's degree. Your personal faculty mentor will help you determine what relevant college-level learning you already have.
Transfer credit from other colleges is one source of such prior college-level learning. Other sources include:
For more details on credit for prior learning, including relevant learning that has been evaluated by Empire State College, the American Council on Education (ACE) or the National College Credit Recommendation Services (National CCRS) view the student degree planning and prior learning assessment guides.