Degree Types

Once you know your career interests, you can consider how deep you want to dive into the topic, or how quickly you want to get into the workforce. The more credits a program has, the more time it will take to complete. From that point, you can choose a program or major that fits your goals. There are a number program types, shown below, that you can choose from.

Once you know your career interests, you can consider how deep you want to dive into the topic, or how quickly you want to get into the workforce. The more credits a program has, the more time it will take to complete. From that point, you can choose a program or major that fits your goals. There are a number program types, shown below, that you can choose from.

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Associate Degrees

An associate degree generally includes around 60-64 credits. You will complete the program with impressive knowledge and skills in the area. In some cases it may also serve to complete the requirements needed to transfer into a college or university with junior status. It is also the degree most likely to transfer into a program or major at a college or university. Some students can complete an associate degree with two years of full-time enrollment, however it is not unusual to take longer than that as many students take classes part-time.

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Technical Diplomas

Technical diplomas are similar to associate degrees but require fewer credits. They may be available as short-term, being attainable in under six months of full-time enrollment; or attainable through one- or two-year periods with full-time enrollment. The learning focus may include job-ready, hands-on learning.

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Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships provide students a unique opportunity to enroll in college and work for an employer-sponsor, who agrees to pay for the student's time in school and working for the employer. This arrangement ensures the student develops expertise through both classroom learning and on-the-job, supervised work. Apprenticeships are often in place with highly skilled careers where on-the-job learning is especially beneficial to developing the skills. They are also unique because they may require 2-5 years to complete the on-the-job training. Once an apprentice completes the requirements, they receive journey worker status.

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Certificates

Certificates are shorter-term programs to improve specific job skills and may include 2-18 credits. They may be completed in a semester with full-time enrollment. A certificate may or may not be a part of a pathway, where the credits may count toward a higher level credential such as a technical diploma or an associate degree.

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