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Individual Studies: Business and Industry

Total Credit Hours: Minimum of thirty (30) credit hours

The Individual Studies Certificate updates the education of people who have work experience or degrees/training in the industrial/business environment. This certificate allows the student to choose appropriate coursework to strengthen their knowledge at their present job or for a potential job opening. This certificate is designed to allow entry workers to have specific exposure to technical and business topics for immediate employment. This certificate can be applied toward an AOS or AAS degree in business, technology, the trades, or several others.
Goals & Outcomes
The certificate requires a minimum of thirty (30) credit hours or their equivalent. Prior to a formal request for candidacy, the student must have completed a detailed plan of study. The student will submit a detailed plan of studies when applying for certificate candidacy. This plan will include a summary of all past educational credits that the student wishes to have accepted toward completion of the certificate. This plan is to be submitted as part of the certificate candidacy process, and will be reviewed and approved by the appropriate Center Dean depending on the student’s area of concentration. Changes may be made later, with the approval of the appropriate Center Dean. The plan will include a projected body of work to be known as the student’s area of concentration. This area is to be a cohesive body of knowledge that the student can justify as having educational and personal relevance. It is anticipated that this area, which will include a minimum of fifteen (15) credits, may cut across Center lines. In addition to the general requirements, the following are required: The student must submit a comprehensive plan of study that includes three (3) credits of mathematics, three (3) credits of English, and fifteen (15) credits of an identified area of concentration. These courses are to be chosen with the aid of an advisor, based upon future educational or occupational goals.

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