The Associate in Applied Science degree in Technical Studies (A.A.S.-T.S.) is designed for students who want to take technical and general courses for college credit to meet the training or retraining demands of current or prospective employers. This interdisciplinary degree program enables individual students or groups of employees associated with one employer to tailor technical programs to their own specific needs. Courses are selected on the basis of a student's interests, goals and abilities. Each student's program is individually designed. As the two examples point out, the A.A.S.-T.S. degree is designed to be flexible and interdisciplinary. Because of the variety offered in this degree program, the number of credits required for graduation could vary from 60 to 66.
Anyone interested in earning an A.A.S.-T.S. degree should speak with an admissions officer. Qualified students are referred to the Dean of Business, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math to assess prior learning experiences. Procedures for the assessment of prior learning are outlined in the Credit for Prior Learning section of this catalog and on www.ccri.edu/priorlearning/. If qualified, a learning contract outlining course requirements leading to the A.A.S.-T.S. degree is developed.
Note: The learning contract is an official document filed in the student's permanent record. It can be changed only with the written approval of the Dean of Business, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Any approved changes in a student's program become part of the learning contract.
In general, the program is divided into three parts.
Credit for Prior Learning (Not More Than 20 Credits)
Any occupational or technical training for which prior learning credit is sought must be relevant to a student's education and career goals. This includes apprenticeship, union activities, military training, etc. Awarded credit is based on:
- Assessment of individual portfolios and records. See Credit for Prior Learning in the Academic Information section of this catalog.
- Work completed in evaluated apprenticeship programs and accepted by the appropriate academic teaching departments.
- Other sources, such as CLEP, military schools or industrial schools.
Technical and Related Courses
A student will take 20 credits in technical and related courses. If he or she has insufficient prior experience to receive an award of the full 20 credits of prior learning experience, the student will take additional technical and related courses so that the degree equals no less than 60 credits.
At least 20 general education credits must be taken across the three disciplines (Math and Science, Humanities, and Social Science). See this page for a complete listing of courses that meet these requirements.
In this example, an individual completes an evaluated apprenticeship program to be an electrician, has an interest in system modeling, automation, digital systems or networking. This individual wants to stay local. A program that might give this individual mobility within the job market might look like the one below. This schedule is meant as an example only.
|General Education Requirements|
|Select one of the following courses:||3|
|ENGL Elective 1||3|
|Social Science Elective||6|
|MATH 1025||Introduction to College Mathematics||3|
|Humanities OR Social Science Elective||3|
|Complete an approved apprenticeship||20|
|ENGR 1020||Introduction to Engineering & Technology||3|
|ENGR 1030||Engineering Graphics||3|
|ETEE 1050||Introduction to Electromechanical Systems||3|
|ETEE 1800||Introduction to Digital Systems||3|
|CNVT 1810||Networking Technology||3|
|ETME 1010||Robotics and Control||3|
|INST 1010||Introduction to Instrumentation Technology||3|
Course above 1000 level
In this case, an individual may have completed a credit-worthy organized training program, yet new developments in his or her field indicate that he or she will need more formal business-related education. A degree program for this student might look like the one below. This schedule is meant as an example only.
|General Educaton Requirements|
|ENGL 1010||Composition I||3|
|COMM 1100||Public Speaking||3|
|PSYC 1050||Psychology in the Workplace||3|
|MATH 1200||College Algebra||3|
|Select one of the following: 1||3|
|Principles of Microeconomics|
|Principles of Macroeconomics|
|Complete an approved apprenticeship||20|
|Technical and Related Courses|
|BUSN 1010||Introduction to Business||3|
|BUSN 2050||Principles of Management||3|
|BUSN 2060||Principles of Marketing||3|
|ACCT 1010||Financial Accounting||4|
|ACCT 1020||Managerial Accounting||4|
|LAWS 2050||Law of Contracts||3|