Academics

INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMS — Types of Degrees and Certificates

Paul D. Camp Community College is a comprehensive institution of higher education. The college offers two-year associate degrees, one-year certificates, and short career studies certificates. The requirements for these awards for completion of curricula are determined by the College faculty and are intended to meet the requirements specified by the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and certain specialized accrediting agencies.

Associate of Arts & Science Degrees (AA&S)

These university parallel/college transfer programs include freshman and sophomore courses in the arts and sciences and pre-professional education. These curricula meet the standards necessary for transfer to baccalaureate degree programs in four-year colleges and universities.

Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

These occupational and technical education programs are designed to meet the increasing demand for technicians, semi-professional workers, and skilled crafters for employment in industry, business, the professions, and government following graduation. In some AAS degree programs one or more summer terms may be required. These curricula are not designed for transfer to a four-year college or university. However, in some limited cases, career courses may transfer, and there may be articulation arrangements with four-year colleges as part of a special program.

Certificate Program Plans

Awarded for the completion of various career/technical curricula of study less than two years in length, totaling between 30 and 59 credits, at least 15% of the credits must be in general education. This must include at least 3 semester credits of English (ENG) and at least 1 semester credit for a Student Development (SDV) course.

Most certificates prepare the student for a specific job or aspect of a job. Some certificates are part of an associate degree program, in which case the credit earned in the certificate may be used toward the degree. These curricula are not designed for transfer to a four-year college or university. However, in some limited cases, career courses may transfer, and there may be articulation arrangements with four-year colleges as part of a special program

Career Studies Certificate Program Plans

Awarded for a specific group of career-related courses totaling between 9 and 29 credits. Career studies programs are designed for enhancement of job/life skills, retraining for career changes, and/or investigating new career possibilities. Credit earned in most career studies certificates may be used to meet the requirements in certificate and degree programs that require similar courses.

Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment with Paul D. Camp Community College gives high school students the opportunity to take college courses in their own high school, at a PDCCC campus or center, or with PDCCC online. While students work toward high school graduation, they also earn college credits. Students can even complete a general education certificate or general studies degree at the same time they graduate from high school.

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