The college’s career and technical programs are designed both to prepare students for employment and to provide additional education for those already employed. They meet the increasing demand for technicians, paraprofessionals, skilled craft workers, and specialized clerical workers for employment in industry, business, government, and the professions. Programs include preparation for agricultural, business, engineering, health and medical, industrial, service, and other career and technical fields.
Three different lengths of programs give students convenient options. Career studies programs supply basic skills and may be completed in one or two semesters. Certificate programs add more advanced training and general education courses. They generally last two or three semesters. Associate of Applied Arts (A.A.A.) and Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) programs are two-year degrees that include both basic and advanced courses in the major field as well as general education requirements. All programs, whatever the length, may offer more than one track, or area of specialization.
In most cases, courses included in the career studies and certificate programs apply to the two-year associate’s degree. Many students complete career studies or certificate programs, find employment, and then continue to upgrade their skills and earning power by completing the A.A.A. and A.A.S. degrees.
The A.A.A. and A.A.S. degrees are generally considered non-transfer degrees, meaning that courses taken to earn the degree may not transfer to four-year colleges or universities. Some A.A.S. programs, however, do transfer to specific four-year schools as the first two years of a baccalaureate degree program. Students planning to transfer should meet with a transfer counselor to plan their program and investigate the requirements of transfer institutions before choosing electives.
In addition to the college’s general admission requirements, students are required to complete placement tests in reading, composition, and mathematics. The college has a required developmental program for students who need to remedy deficiencies in these areas.
In order to graduate with the associate degree, you must meet the college’s computer competency requirement.
Some programs are not offered on all campuses. Most general education classes, such as English, social sciences, and humanities, can be taken on any campus.