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The Associate of Applied Science degree in Technical Studies is designed to meet dual purposes. First, it will offer students the opportunity to pursue a Bachelor of Applied Science offered at four-year institutions, including the University of Wyoming. Second, the degree will allow students to combine two technical degrees in order to be more competitive in the job market and meet the requirements of employers.
The general education requirements are designed to encourage students to develop critical and creative thinking, communication, self-directed learning, and technological literacy. The general education courses meet the basic requirements for transfer to the University of Wyoming for those students interested in the Bachelor of Applied Science. This program combines certificates or emphasis in specific disciplines to meet employer needs for unique skill combinations for which there is no established degree program. Employers reviewing transcripts will be able to quickly determine the combined areas of expertise as the degrees will be recorded as in the following examples:
Students awarded a standalone certificate from Central Wyoming College may transition to the Technical Studies AAS degree by selecting additional technical skill courses, in consultation with a faculty advisor and upon approval of the academic dean.
The Certificate in Technical Studies is designed to offer students the opportunity to meet their unique interests, needs, goals, and employer interests.
The general education requirements are designed for students to develop their language arts/communication and computational (mathematical) skills.
The certificate program allows the student to identify an emphasis in specific disciplines for meeting employer needs for unique skill combinations for which there is no established degree program.
Employers reviewing transcripts will be able to quickly determine the combined areas of expertise as the certificates will be recorded as in the following examples:
Students are required to meet with an assigned faculty academic advisor who will assist the student in developing a written plan of study. Current and/or potential employers may be involved in developing the plan of study. The written plan of study is signed by the student and the faculty advisor, and then submitted to the appropriate Academic Dean for final approval. The Dean will submit the written plan of study to the Registrar in order to finalize the degree requirements within the degree audit system.