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Types of Program
Certificate programs are designed for students looking for short-term programs of instruction with a high degree of specialization. They are designed to prepare individuals to enter a particular field of employment or provide a level of in-service training or education for those already employed.
Certificates of Achievement are those that are 12 or more units of course work that have been approved by the State of California and will be posted to the student’s transcript.
AA and AS Degrees
The Associate in Arts Degree (AA) and the Associate in Science Degree (AS) are designed for students who want a two-year degree or plan to transfer to another college or university and work towards a bachelor’s degree.
AA-T and AS-T Degrees
The Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer (AA-T) and the Associate in Science Degree for Transfer (AS-T) both provide a pathway to the California State University (CSU). Students awarded an AA-T or AS-T degree are guaranteed admission with Junior standing in the CSU system and given priority admission consideration to their local CSU campus or to a program that is deemed similar to their community college major. This priority does not guarantee admission to specific majors or campuses.
In October of 2010, federal regulations initiated by the Obama administration required institutions to disclose key gainful employment outcomes for students of all certificate programs that are eligible for federal financial aid. On the following pages, you will find Gainful Employment links to program websites for most certificate programs. This Gainful Employment data reflects academic year 2015-16; however, there have been changes in units with specific certificates since the data was collected. At the time of this catalog publication, Gainful Employment data was not available for all certificates. You will find in these program websites:
- Certificate name
- Number of units in the certificate
- Normal time to complete the certificate
- Number of students completing the certificate in the most recent year
- Percent of graduates completing in normal time
- Number of students who received any federal student loans
- Median student loan debt
- Estimated cost of tuition
- Estimated cost of books/supplies
- Estimated cost of fees
- Total estimated cost
- Taxonomy of Programs (TOP) code
- Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code
- Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) codes
NOTES: The following apply to all tables:
1. Percent of graduates completing in normal time provides the percentage of graduates during the reporting year who completed their certificate in the minimum possible time given the schedule of course offerings. For privacy reasons, this percentage is not disclosed for certificates with fewer than 10 graduates
2. Median student loan debt upon completion provides the median amount in student loans accumulated by students who graduated in the program during the reporting year. For privacy reasons, the median loan debt is not disclosed for programs with fewer than 10 graduates
3. SOC code refers to the "Standard Occupational Classification" code from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Click the links below to view a list of courses required for a specific program. This list may not include General Education Requirements, Basic Competency Requirements, and Specific Area Requirements needed to attain a degree. For more extensive information, go to DegreeWorks in WebSMART, contact your counselor, or visit the requirement pages within this catalog:
AA/AS Requirements: http://catalog.canadacollege.edu/current/aa-as-degree/
AA-T/AS-T Requirements: http://catalog.canadacollege.edu/current/aat-ast-degree/