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Associate Degree Program

Do you have your high school diploma in your hands? Do you find yourself looking at it, wondering what your next step should be? Are you pretty sure that a traditional four year degree program isn’t best suited to your academic needs? Have you thought about completing an associate’s degree program so that you will be adequately trained to enter the work force sooner?

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Generally speaking, an associate’s degree will require you to complete approximately two years of coursework. In relation to a higher level degree program, you will choose a specific field of study and your curriculum will be directly aligned with this intended career path. Typically, you can find associate’s degrees in almost any field of study at your local community colleges, junior colleges, vocational schools, and even some four year colleges and universities. Perhaps the best part about an associate’s degree is that it will provide you with the necessary training that will allow you to enter the work force in a fairly short period of time. If you decide to further your level of education, the coursework you completed in your associate’s degree program will likely apply to the requirements of a bachelor’s degree program. Therefore, you can work while you complete your bachelor’s degree, which you can expect to take you about two additional years of course requirements. It is also important that you check into the educational requirements for your intended career path. For instance, there are many occupations that only require that you have completed an associate’s level degree. Therefore, it may not even be necessary for you to continue working towards a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Unlike a certificate based program or a vocational training program, an associate’s degree program will require that you complete general education classes. You can expect to be required to complete classes in areas of: mathematics, humanities, English composition, and social sciences. It is important to understand that if your grades from high school require that you take remedial level classes, then it is likely to take you longer than the normal two year period to obtain your degree. On the other hand, if you feel that your existing skills and knowledge base is adequate then you may want to consider taking the CLEP (College Level Examination Program) test. This will allow you to eliminate any courses that you already excel in; depending upon how many you are able to eliminate, you may drastically cut the time that it will take you to finish your degree program.

In our fast paced society it is quite common for students to attend school on a part time basis so that they may maintain previous obligations. In addition, it may be possible for you to complete some of the requirements through an online learning format. Keep in mind, this may vary depending upon your selected area of study. It is likely that you will be able to pursue an associate’s degree in an area such as: health services, data processing technologies, mechanical and engineering technologies, and business and commerce technologies.