Vernon College awards the Associate in Arts degree, the Associate in Science degree, the Associate in Applied Science degree, the Certificate of Completion, and the Marketable Skills Achievement Award. All students applying for a degree, certificate, or award must complete an application for graduation and pay the appropriate fee.
The Associate in Arts (AA) and Associate in Science (AS) degrees provide general academic curricula in university-parallel and pre-professional courses of study which generally correspond to the first four semesters of a bachelor’s degree program. While Vernon College does not offer a major in the AA or AS degrees, suggested transfer curricula are included in the catalog to serve as a guide for students whose educational goals include transfer to a four-year university. Students should consult the catalog of the receiving institution for specific requirements.
The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree programs are designed to prepare the student for immediate employment and/or career advancement. These programs are generally workforce or paraprofessional in nature and are identified with a specialty designation.
Certificate programs are designed for entry-level employment, meeting a particular specialty within an occupational area, and/or upgrading one’s skills and knowledge within a vocation. It is possible for a student to earn a certificate while qualifying for an associate degree in some programs. Vernon College certificate programs are categorized into two classifications for graduation purposes: the skills certificate containing less than twenty-four (24) semester credit hours and the general certificate containing twenty-four (24) or more semester credit hours.
Marketable Skills Achievement Awards consist of a course or series of courses that provide workforce skills for basic entry-level employment in a vocational career field. An award may be a Career and Technical Education credit program of 9-14 semester credit hours or a continuing education program of 144-359 contact hours. The awards meet standards of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), but are too short to qualify as Certificates of Completion.