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Technical Studies
Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree

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Under New Jersey Pathways Leading Apprentices to a College Education (NJ Place), community colleges, organized labor and several state agencies have developed a program to award college credit for registered apprenticeships in the construction trades. Through a unique blend of coursework, specialized training and hands-on-work experience, students will acquire the knowledge and skills to succeed in their chosen profession and earn an associate degree.

Why major in Technical Studies?
The Associate in Applied Science Degree in Technical Studies provides an opportunity for students to earn credits for apprenticeship training programs in the building and construction trades, based upon the American Council on Education (ACE) review and evaluation of the program The earned credits will be applied to the degree. For further information about how apprenticeship credits may be applied to an A.A.S. degree, visit: www.njplace.com.

Can students who major in Technical Studies transfer to a four-year college or university?
The major is job-oriented and designed for entrance into the workplace. However, students can transfer to a four-year college and apply the courses taken at MCC towards a bachelor’s degree.

Are there any special requirements that must be satisfied before taking courses in the major?
Algebra I is a prerequisite for all majors. Algebra I competency may be verified with a passing score on the college’s placement test or by completing the appropriate class.

How long will it take to complete this degree?
Once students complete developmental coursework, if needed, and complete the apprenticeship requirements, the degree can be completed in two years of full–time study.

Are there any special requirements once the student is admitted to the major?
Students will submit satisfactory completion of the apprenticeshi pprogram to be eligible for credits. A maximum of 25 credits will be awarded.