Technical Studies A.A.S.
This degree is designed specifically to provide cooperatively sponsored educational opportunities leading to an associate degree for employees/students participating in quality educational and training programs. The AAS in Technical Studies is just the first step. You can continue your educational journey into the Regents Bachelor of Arts (RBA) Degree.
Technical Studies Degree:
WVUP works with employers or agencies to develop programs which combine general education and technical training provided by the College to offer an associate degree. Students must be employees or clients of the sponsor to be eligible for enrollment in this program. Required courses are specified in agreements between the College and the sponsor. Minimum / Maximum of 60 credit hours. Degree programs implemented under this degree designation will include instruction consistent with the following components and categories.
- HVAC Training Program
- Advanced HVAC Training Program
- Welding Training Program
- Pipe Welding Training Program
- Maintenance Mechanical Millwright Training Program
- Information Technology Professional Training Program
- Building Construction Technology Training Program
- Advanced Building Technology Training Program
- Instrumentation and Electricity Training Program
SAMPLE State Approved Curriculum Guide (may vary slightly by organization)
General Education – 15 hours minimum
3 hours business or technical writing course
3 hours communication
Quantitative Skills/Laboratory Science
3 hours college level mathematics course
General Education Elective
Technical Core – 39 hours maximum
Each program of study must include a general technical core that meets the goal of developing skills that may be applied to a variety of occupations or that may be specific to an occupation. Technical courses such as the examples listed below are to be a part of every program of study under this degree designation.
Technical Core/Occupational Specialty – 39 hours maximum
This component consists of technical specialty courses specific to an occupational area. Apprenticeship and industry based education and training program courses are to be converted to college credit hours at the usual ration of 15:1 for lecture at a rate consistent with the lab hour/credit ration of the degree granting institution for laboratory credit.
On-The-Job Training (OJT) in the Occupation or Supervised Work Based Learning – 12 hours maximum
The on-the-job training component is to be converted to credit hours at a ratio of 160:1 with the maximum of 1,920 contact hours allowable. A statement of the total number of contact hours experienced through on-the-job training may be placed on the college record. This credit will be recorded immediately prior to graduation from college.
For more information contact the Workforce & Economic Development Division at 304-424-8383