The associate degree is most often awarded to students completing educationally broad based post secondary programs usually requiring two years of full-time study. In some instances, particularly allied health programs, three years is the norm. For students who need developmental/remedial coursework, the time will be extended since these credits will not apply toward the associates degree.
However, for an associates degree it is not unusual for students to study part time, and therefore take more than two years to complete the degree. In 2004, 61 percent of U.S. community colleges students were enrolled part time. To accommodate working students, community colleges strive to offer required courses during evening hours.
For students who plan to enter the workforce upon completion of program. Prepares students for a career in a technical, occupational or professional occupation. Emphasis is placed on technical, professional and career training throughout the program.
For students who wish to pursue a broad program of career and transfer coursework without the constraints of subject specialization. There are also emphasis areas within the AGS degree which enable students to pursue a particular academic interest in greater depth. While the A.G.S. degree is not designed specifically to enable transfer to a four-year institution, it can be used for that purpose. Transferability depends upon the courses taken and the requirements of the receiving institution. All of our colleges offer an AGS degree.
For students that have been awarded an AAS and wish to continue their education in professional management and leadership within a technical, occupational or professional workplace.
For students that are looking for short-term training leading to immediate employment. This award is offered in many skilled trades, occupational and professional fields, or academic areas.