Individualized Tech. Studies
Associate in Applied Science Degree
Credits Required for Graduation: 64.00
This program is for students who wish to build a program of study around individual career goals. It allows students to combine courses from two or more associate degree programs into a unique associate in applied science degree. To be accepted into this program, students need to complete a program plan outlining career goals and the courses required to meet those goals. To do this students need an occupational mentor.
The Individualized Technical Studies Degree is intended for currently employed individuals who have a specific career objective which cannot be met by the college`s existing degree programs. By combining state board approved courses from two or more major areas of study, the student, along with an occupational advisor, designs an occupational degree program into a unique Associate Degree.
More specifically, it is encouraged that a student to work under the direction of an individual at their current place of work so that the student and the current employer “buy into” the course work and place value on it`s possibly unique mixture. These requirements are in place to avoid having students and/or a college design a program which fits what the students may perceive as a need or job in the workplace and upon graduation find out that they have spent time and money developing a series of courses that are not marketable.
The key to a successful experience and graduation from this program will be the input of an occupational mentor. This is a real-world business person who knows about the requirements and skills needed to be successful in the field of choice. The mentor, with the assistance of a WWTC contact, helps the student decide the combination of technical courses needed to meet the job requirements.