WHAT IS General Occupational and Technical Studies?
The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in General Occupational and Technical Studies provides flexible alternatives for meeting student and employer needs.
This program serves two general purposes:
- Individualized program provides a flexible curriculum that can be designed to meet specifics student and workplace needs.
- Degree completion provides a structure through which credit may be granted for significant prior learning experiences in occupational/technical areas.
Credit earned through certificate and diploma program completion will be applicable toward the Associate in Applied Science in General Occupational/Technical Studies degree when consistent with the objectives of the student's individual plan of study.
This heavily advisor-driven model can combine certificates and/or diplomas in different disciplines to meet employer needs and unique skill combinations. This helps for areas there are no established degree program.
As much as twenty hours of credit for experiential learning may be applied toward degree completion.
KCTCS certificate and diploma credit and acceptable credit transferred from other colleges may also be applied to a student's program completion plan. At least 25 percent of the approved curriculum credits must be completed at the KCTCS institution granting the degree.
What are my career options?
A General Occupational and Technical Studies degree provides practical skills that can lead to several potential career paths, including the following career fields:
- Air Conditioning Technology
- Automotive Technology
- Computerized Manufacturing and Machining
- Construction Technology
- Diesel Technology
- Electrical Technology
- Industrial Maintenance Technology
- Medical Assisting
- Surgical Technology
- Welding Technology
What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?
Credit earned through certificate and diploma program completion will be applicable toward the Associate in Applied Science in General occupational/Technical Studies degree when consistent with the objectives of the student’s individual plan of study.
Length of Program
You can earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.
This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.