The Early College course sequences are designed to give students the opportunity to graduate with a high school diploma and an associate degree in 4 years or an applied associate degree in 5 years. While the goal is to graduate in 4 years with an associate degree, we realize that different students progress at different rates for various reasons; some students are required to take remedial courses before taking credit bearing college courses, some students might struggle with a college class, or some students want a reduced course load. Regardless of the reason, students at the Early College do have a 5th year option we call the Super Senior Year. This additional time offers students the opportunity to catch up or spread out the college course load over 5 years.
The Early College offers course sequences for the following associate degrees and students will be able to access all the programs regardless of which Early College they are assigned. Students have until their junior year to decide on the AA, AS, or AAS degree.
Associate in Arts (AA) – The AA program emphasizes liberal arts and is intended for students who wish to transfer to a four-year college or university. This degree program offers courses comparable to the freshman and sophomore levels at four-year colleges and universities.
Associate in Science (AS) – The AS degree is awarded for study in science and mathematics and is intended for students who wish to transfer to a four-year college or university. This program is recommended for students planning to pursue programs of study in agriculture, dentistry, engineering, forestry, furniture, mathematics, medicine, science, textiles or other areas leading to a bachelor of science degree. This degree program offers courses comparable to the freshman and sophomore levels at four-year colleges and universities.
The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) – The AAS degree is a technical degree where the college classes are geared toward a specialty area so that students acquire the specific skills needed for an entry-level position. Students with an AAS degree can enroll in a four-year college/university; however, some of the courses may not transfer. [Read More...]
Stackable Industry and Educational Certificates – Students can also take as part of their pathway a series of courses that will lead to industry recognized certificates in different technical areas. The U.S. Department of Labor defines stackable certificates as “a sequence of certificates that can be accumulated over time to build up an individual’s qualifications and help them to move along a career pathway or up a career ladder to different and potentially higher paying jobs.