The Associate of Applied Science degree in Technical Studies is designed specifically to provide cooperatively sponsored educational opportunities leading to an associate degree for employees/students participating in quality education and training programs. This degree is just the first step – you can continue your educational journey into the Regents Bachelor of Arts and Supervisory Management (BAS).
WVU Parkersburg works with employers or agencies to develop programs which combine general education and technical training provided by the college to offer this 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, and will reach a minimum/maximum of 60-credit hours. Degree programs implemented under this degree designation will include instruction consistent with the following components and categories.
Washington County Career Center
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
- 3 hours college-level mathematics course
- 6 hours
- 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.
- 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 the lecture at a rate consistent with the lab hour/credit ration of the degree-granting institution for laboratory credit.
- 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.