Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degrees and Certificates

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) two-year degree is intended to prepare students for direct entry into the workforce upon graduation. Awarded to students who complete the requirements of a specified, two-year career and technical program, Associate of Applied Science degrees are offered in a number of different interest areas. Some AAS degrees may have approved options, noted on student transcripts upon completion. Options within a curriculum constitute a part of the total coursework required and offer a specialized focus.

Certificates are awarded to students who complete specific requirements within a career and technical major and require a specified number of credit hours. Certificates can stand alone or be embedded in related Associate of Applied Science degrees. Students must earn a GPA of at least 2.00 in required courses to earn a one-year certificate.

Certificates of Completion are career technical in nature and are designed to prepare students for entry into the workforce. Certificates of Completion can be a one-year or a less-than-one-year (LTOY) program.

Career Pathway Certificates of Completion are Oregon community college credentials comprised of 12-44 credits wholly contained in an approved Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree or stand-alone one-year Certificate of Completion (45+ credits). Career pathways help guide students towards a specific profession by providing a defined list of courses offering expert training in a variety of industries.