Career and Technical Programs

Career and technical education programs at CCS provide avenues for students to enter high-skill and potentially high-wage occupations or transfer to university-level technical education programs. These programs are developed with business and industry input and continued oversight from professionals actively employed in the occupations. Students are able to earn certificates of completion and associate in applied science degrees in more than 100 professional and technical areas. Additionally, the colleges' focus is on extended learning opportunities for students who are upgrading skills due to technological changes, seeking new occupations or re-entering the workforce.

Industrial, professional and service organizations partner with the colleges to provide work-based learning opportunities for career and technical students, enabling them to apply skills learned in an actual job setting. These opportunities also reinforce social and community focused behaviors that lead to productive and responsible citizens. For more information, see the Cooperative Education Work Experience section of this catalog.

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree candidate in a career and technical area must complete a minimum of 90 quarter credits in program requirements with a grade point average of 2.0 or better. Many programs require more than 90 credits. The candidate must earn at least one-third of the credits required for the degree in residence from the college awarding the degree.

A minimum number of credits must be completed in related instruction. Related instruction areas are defined as communications, computation and human relations/leadership. A minimum of three credits must be completed in each area. Safety and hygiene requirements must be completed. SCC and SFCC have different requirements that must be met and are outlined online and in the program outlines section of this catalog.

A student possessing proven competencies in the program requirements and/or related instruction area may be granted advanced standing. The appropriate administrator must approve advanced standing placements.

All credits and grade points received from the time the student enrolls in the program are used for GPA calculation.

See Program Outlines for more details.

Career and Technical Certificates

Career and Technical Certificates of at least three quarters in length also include a specified amount of credits in related education. The three areas of related instruction are computation, communications and human relations/leadership. A student possessing proven competencies in these areas may be granted advanced standing. The appropriate instructional dean must approve advanced standing placement. These courses also may be footnoted with the following: "This related education requirement may be substituted with any course, or combination of courses, approved by the instructional dean." A minimum grade point average of 2.0 must be maintained. The candidate must earn at least one-third of the credits required for the certificate in residence from the college awarding the certificate.

Certificate in Fine Arts (CFA)

This certificate program provides an opportunity for the student to concentrate his or her program of study in fine arts. The program is suitable for those who wish to pursue art as a profession. The program is not designed with an emphasis on transfer, although all courses in the program are transferable.

A candidate for a Certificate in Fine Arts (CFA) must complete a minimum of 96 quarter credits with a grade point average of 2.0 or better. The program can be completed in two years. However, a longer time span may be necessary for maturation of skills. Students must submit a portfolio and participate in an exhibition during their final quarter. Art faculty will work closely with students to build a strong portfolio. A review committee of faculty will evaluate the artwork before final approval to recommend awarding a Certificate in Fine Arts.

For more information, see Art (Certificate in Fine Arts) in the program outlines section of this catalog.

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