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Career and Technical Degrees

Career and technical programs are developed with business and industry input and oversight. They prepare students for high skill jobs or to pursue a four-year technical degree. More than 100 professional and technical certificates and degrees are offered. The colleges also offer learning opportunities for students upgrading skills, seeking new careers or re-entering the workforce.

The colleges partner with business, industry and service organizations to provide work-based learning opportunities for career and technical students.

For more information, contact a counselor or program advisor.

Career and technical degrees include:

  • Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
  • Associate in Applied Science – Transfer (AAS-T)
  • Career and technical certificates

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in a career and technical area requires:

  • A minimum of 90 quarter-credits in program requirements
  • A grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or better
  • One-third of the credits for the degree be earned from the college awarding the degree
  • Courses from communications, computation and human relations/leadership

A student with proven competencies in the program requirements may be granted credit. The program must approve any credits awarded.

Associate in Applied Science-Transfer (AAS-T)

An Associate in Applied Science-Transfer (AAS-T) degree is an AAS degree that provides transfer opportunities for students continuing toward a four-year degree at specific universities. An AAS-T degree is a degree awarded in a career and technical field that contains a minimum of 20 transferable general education credits in communications, quantitative reasoning, and social science, humanities or science. Not all programs offer the AAS-T.

For more information, consult a program instructor, academic advisor or counselor.

Career and Technical Certificates

Certificates vary in length and number of credits and require:

  • A grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or better
  • One-third of the credits for the degree be earned from the college awarding the degree

Career and technical certificates may include related instruction in computation, communications and human relations/leadership.