We offer over 100 degrees and certificates in person, online and via ITN (Interactive Television Network).

You can earn an Associate in Arts (AA), Science (AS), Business (ABus), or an Associate in Applied Science (AAS); as well as a variety of certificates at AWC.

The Associate degrees may be obtained by completing all required courses for a major, fulfilling the general education requirements, satisfying competencies, and sufficient electives with a grade of “C” or better in each course.

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General Education

AZ Gen. Ed. AGEC A CERT

CERT - AGEC Certificate


Program Purpose:

Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge in general education.

Program Description:
Three AGEC certificates are available, AGEC-A (Arts), AGEC-B (Business), and AGEC-S (Science) for those students who wish to complete a “general education package” before transferring to an Arizona university. Students should see an academic counselor or Academic Advisor to see which AGEC is best suited to their baccalaureate degree plans.

AZ Gen. Ed. AGEC B CERT

CERT - AGEC Certificate


Program Purpose:

Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge in general education.

Program Description:
Three AGEC certificates are available, AGEC-A (Arts), AGEC-B (Business), and AGEC-S (Science) for those students who wish to complete a “general education package” before transferring to an Arizona university. Students should see an academic counselor or Academic Advisor to see which AGEC is best suited to their baccalaureate degree plans.

AZ Gen. Ed. AGEC S CERT

CERT - AGEC Certificate


Program Purpose:

Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge in general education.

Program Description:
Three AGEC certificates are available, AGEC-A (Arts), AGEC-B (Business), and AGEC-S (Science) for those students who wish to complete a “general education package” before transferring to an Arizona university. Students should see an academic counselor or Academic Advisor to see which AGEC is best suited to their baccalaureate degree plans.

General Studies A.G.S.

A.G.S. - General Studies


Program Purpose:

Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in general studies that will prepare them for two of the following areas of specialization: business or computers; humanities; mathematics or sciences; languages or communications; physical education, recreation, and sport; social science; education, nursing, or health; occupational or technology; (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
This degree is designed for students who wish to pursue two different academic concentrations or whose academic backgrounds may include course work taken at other institutions or credits earned, or example, through military experience. This is not a transfer degree, according to the articulation agreements between the Arizona community colleges and universities. Students who wish to use his degree for transfer to out-of-state colleges and universities should consult the catalog of the institution to which they wish to transfer for specific general education and other course requirements. Students who have such educational goals should consult with an Academic Advisor to determine if the A.G.S. degree is appropriate for them, and to determine how to best select courses which will meet their objectives.

Associate in Arts A.A.

A.A. - Transfer Degree


Program Purpose:

Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in the arts, humanities, and social and behavioral sciences that will prepare them for transfer to the university and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
The Associate in Arts degree is designed for students who are undecided about a university major. As such, students are asked to complete two steps: 1. complete the AGEC-A and 2. create a block of credits: (to meet the required 60-64 credit program minimum) which are transferable to any of the three public state universities in Arizona; the selection of these courses (numbered 100 or higher) ought to be made in consultation with an academic or faculty advisor and by consulting the Course Equivalency Guide (CEG) (www.aztransfer.com). Students should select courses based on exploring various fields of interests.

Associate in Science A.S.

A.S. - Transfer Degree


Program Purpose:

Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in the physical and biological sciences or health related professions that will prepare them for transfer to the university and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
The Associate in Science degree is designed for students who are undecided about a university major. As such, students are asked to complete two steps: 1. complete the AGEC-S and 2. create a block of credits: (to meet the required 60-64 credit program minimum) which are transferable to any of the three public state universities in Arizona; the selection of these courses (numbered 100 or higher) ought to be made in consultation with an academic or faculty advisor and by consulting the Course Equivalency Guide (CEG) (www.aztransfer.com). Students should select courses based on exploring various fields of interests.

Arts, Humanities, & Communication

Art - Graphics A.A.

A.A. - Transfer Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate (1) knowledge that will prepare them for transfer to university graphics programs and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas relevant to graphic design.

Program Description:
Students in this major receive a foundation in art and technology; with the assistance of their Academic Advisors, students then select courses according to the major they wish to pursue at the university.

Art - Studio Art A.A.

A.A. - Transfer Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in studio art that will prepare them for transfer to the university and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
Art (Studio) provides foundational and continuing opportunities for the study of visual art.

Broadcasting A.A.S.

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in broadcasting that will prepare them to obtain an entry-level position within the field and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
AWC is the only community college in Arizona to operate both AM and FM radio stations licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The stations, known collectively as Yuma Public Radio, have a potential audience of 135,000 in Yuma County and eastern Imperial County, California. Both stations are also streamed over the internet at KAWC.org. KAWC-AM broadcasts a News/Talk format , while KAWC-FM broadcasts NPR news along with alternative, jazz and classical music. KAWC-FM also broadcasts locally-produced news, alternative music and jazz programs. AWC broadcasting classes use the KAWC facility for hands on learning experiences in audio production, announcing and performance. AWC students are also eligible for hands-on learning experiences as interns in the KAWC studios, working along side Yuma Public Radio professionals.

Computer Graphics A.A.S.

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in computer graphics that will prepare them to obtain an entry-level position within the field of computer graphics, printing, and digital imaging and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
The program is designed to provide the underpinning graphics training needed for a wide variety of graphics professions: graphic designers, illustrators, desktop publishing specialists, production artists, multimedia specialists, digital photographers, computer artists, and web designers. This program focuses on both industry standard software training and design theory.

English A.A.

A.A. - Transfer Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will (1) compose in multiple genres, demonstrating knowledge of the rhetorical contexts and strategies of writing, (2) hone critical reading and thinking skills, and (3) develop proficiency in literary analysis within a writing-intensive environment that will prepare them for transfer and success at the university level.

Program Description:
The English Department seeks to prepare students for the rigorous demands of active personal, academic, professional, and civic engagement in the 21st Century by developing essential writing and critical-thinking skills and by fostering appreciation for the humanistic truths of literature. The selection of courses allows students the maximum freedom in creating an individual curriculum to explore their particular interests in literature, creative writing, journalism, linguistics, and film studies.

Media Arts CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in media arts that will prepare them to obtain an entry-level position within the field and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
This program is designed not only to provide a foundation in basic media arts course work, but also to allow students to select an area of emphasis: photography, broadcasting, graphic arts, journalism, or television production.

Media Arts A.A.S.

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in media arts that will prepare them to obtain an entry-level position within the field and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
This program is designed not only to provide a foundation in basic media arts course work, but also to allow students to select an area of emphasis: photography, broadcasting, graphic arts, journalism, or television production.

Media Arts A.A.

A.A. - Transfer Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in media arts that will prepare them for transfer to the university and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
This program is designed for those students who wish to continue their studies in the following university majors: broadcasting, electronic media, advertising, photography, public relations, and media arts.

Music A.A.

A.A. - Transfer Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in music that will prepare them for transfer to the university and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
The music major provides a solid foundation in music theory and in voice or instrumental performance training. This program is designed for transfer to the university where students then specialize in particular music majors.

Philosophy A.A.

A.A. - Transfer Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge and analytical skill in philosophy that will prepare them for transfer to the university and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
The study of philosophy has, as it's primary aim, the cultivation of wisdom and understanding regarding the most basic and foundational elements of human experience (e.g., the nature and structure of reality, knowledge, and values), pursued through the application of rational argument and critical thinking. This program constitutes an excellent liberal arts foundation for students planning to pursue university studies in philosophy, law, education, communications, science, and art, among others.

Spanish A.A.

A.A. - Transfer Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in Spanish that will prepare them for transfer to the university and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
This program is designed for students who wish to transfer to a university and either major in Spanish or in a closely related major of which Spanish is an integral part. Spanish majors should consult the bachelor’s degree requirements of the universities to determine the inclusion of 100 and 200 level courses as part of the major. 200 level courses are not part of the Spanish major at the three State universities; students choosing this major need to understand that it is preparatory to the upper division course work required at the universities and that the university major may take longer to complete than the usual two years or four semesters beyond the associate’s degree.

Television Production A.A.S.

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in television production that will prepare them to obtain an entry-level position within the field and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
AWC provides TV classes and programs on AWC-74, cable channel 74. This is a joint project with NAU in Yuma, the City of Yuma, the Yuma Educational Consortium, and Time Warner Cable. AWC-74 programming includes telecourses offered by AWC faculty, courses from other educational institutions, PBS shows, productions and cablecasts of educationally related subjects, cultural events, and AWC sports. AWC’s TV studio is a modern facility which trains students who are seeking a job in television, production companies, and media related fields. The program provides practical experience in the use of professional equipment in a television studio.

Theatre A.A.

A.A. - Transfer Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in theatre that will prepare them for transfer to the university and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
After a solid preparation in theatre history and the fundamentals in acting or stagecrafts, theatre majors then have the opportunity to include their performances as cast or crew members as departmental credit.

Business & Computers

Accounting CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Graduates will focus on their vocational training with the program being designed to deliver the necessary tools to equip the student in obtaining an entry level position within the field of accounting.

Program Description:
Graduates will be equipped with the essential skills required of an entry level employee in the accounting industry. The required major and other departmental (business) courses are designed to meet the growing demand for competent accounting personnel in both the private and public sectors.

Accounting A.A.S.

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate ability in accounting for skilled entry level positions within both the private and public accounting sectors.

Program Description:
This degree program is designed for students seeking a two-year vocational degree. A variety of accounting along with complementary business and general education courses will guide the student to establish a clearly focused foundation to enter the accounting profession in a wide range of available positions.

Business A.A.S.

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in business with an area of emphasis that will prepare them to obtain an entry-level position within a specialized business field and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
For students who plan to attend college only two years and then enter the workforce. Students can select an area of emphasis to specialize this degree. Areas of emphasis include: General Business, Entrepreneurship, Financial Management, Marketing, Office Management, Management, and Logistics.

Business A.BUS

A.BUS - Transfer Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in business that will prepare them for transfer to the university and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
This program provides the opportunity for students to complete the lower division (freshman and sophomore) requirements, preparatory to specialization in appropriate fields, in general education and business subjects, for transfer to a university. The students should study carefully and discuss with their advisors the following statement of policy promulgated by the Colleges of Business Administration in the three Arizona state universities regarding transfer credits from community colleges: Undergraduate programs in business administration in universities normally concentrate on the professional courses in the last two years of a four-year program. Only a limited amount of work in business courses is offered below the junior year. The objective of this policy is to permit the student to acquire a foundation of work in the basic arts and sciences as prerequisites for professional courses in business. All business programs accredited by the American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business require the student to take a minimum of 40 percent of the four-years’ work in the arts and sciences, including work in mathematics, social science, humanities, and the natural sciences. Students desiring a four-year degree are advised to take a majority of their work during the first two years in the arts and sciences, including a strong background in mathematics. Students planning to take their first two years’ work at a community college or at another four-year college should take only those courses in business that are offered as freshman or sophomore level courses at any of the three universities. Full lower division transfer credit will be granted for all courses equivalent to those specified for the freshman and sophomore years at any one of the three four-year state universities in Arizona. Professional business courses taught in the junior and senior years in the three state universities may not be completed for transfer credit at any community college. Courses taught as occupational or career classes at the community colleges, even though similar to professional courses offered at the junior and senior levels at the three universities, will not be accepted for credit toward a bachelor’s degree. A one-semester course in business law will be accepted as an exception to this policy. A maximum of 30 credits of business and economics courses from community colleges may be transferred toward a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Computer Information Systems CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge in computer information systems that will prepare them to obtain an entry-level position within the field.

Program Description:
This program is for students seeking immediate entry-level employment in an office environment or computer industry.

Computer Information Systems Programming Emphasis A.A.S.

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in computer information systems that will prepare them to obtain an entry-level position within the field and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
This program is for students pursuing a two-year degree with the intent of eventual employment in the computer industry with aspirations of attaining the position of (1) computer programmer, (2) programmer/analyst, or with further study (3) computer systems analyst. Programmers are responsible for writing a detailed set of logically ordered instructions that tell the computer to perform the necessary tasks, in the correct sequence, to process data into useful information. Systems analysts are responsible for the analysis of existing systems and the design development and installation of new or redesigned systems that provide information necessary to successfully operate businesses and other organizations. Students receive sufficient background in business and accounting to seek entry-level employment in the information processing environment. This program articulates with the B.A.S. degree in Technology Management offered by NAU-Yuma Branch Campus.

Computer Science A.S.

A.S. - Transfer Degree


Program Purpose:
This Associate of Science degree focuses on the theoretical foundations of computing, algorithms, and programming techniques, as applied to operating systems, artificial intelligence, informatics and the like.

Program Description:
Focuses on computers, computing problems and solutions, the design of computer systems and user interfaces from a scientific perspective. Includes instruction in the principles of computational science, and computing theory; computer hardware design; computer development and programming; and applications to a variety of end-use situations.

Computer Security CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Development and guidance for increased secure IT planning, implementation, management and operation.

Program Description:
Increase awareness of Information Technology risks, vulnerabilities, and protection requirements for new and emerging technologies.

Entrepreneurship CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Graduate will demonstrate basic knowledge to develop a business plan by understanding all facets of owning a business.

Program Description:
This program offers a dynamic curriculum to prepare students to be an Entrepreneur of an Intrapreneur. An entrepreneur is an individual who performs development, marketing and management functions associated with owning and operating a business. An Intrapreneur is an individual that applies entrepreneurial skills and approaches within an established company; being creative with ideas and procedures.

Hotel Restaurant Management A.A.

A.A. - Transfer Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in hospitality that will prepare them for transfer to the university and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
Designed to develop the student’s professional and technical competence in preparation for a leadership role in the hospitality industry, including tourism, lodging, and food service enterprises. The degree transfers to the NAU-Yuma Branch Campus Hotel and Restaurant Management program.

Logistics Advanced CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate ability in logistics for skilled entry level positions within both the private and public logistics sectors.

Program Description:
This certificate program is designed for students seeking a vocational degree. A variety of logistics along with complementary business and general education courses will guide the student to establish a clearly focused foundation to enter the logistics profession in a wide range of available positions.

Logistics Basic CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate ability in logistics for skilled entry level positions within both the private and public logistics sectors.

Program Description:
This Certificate program is designed for students seeking a vocational certificate. A variety of logistics along with complementary business and general education courses will guide the student to establish a clearly focused foundation to enter the logistics profession in a wide range of available positions.

Logistics Supply Chain Management A.A.S.

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate ability in logistics for skilled entry level positions within both the private and public logistics sectors.

Program Description:
The Associate of Applied Science degree in Logistics Supply Chain Management provides students with an understanding of the fundamental principles of logistics and business, and with the working knowledge of inventory control, transportation, and warehouse management required for employment in the field of logistics.

Networking CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge in computer networking that will prepare them to obtain an entry-level position within the field.

Program Description:
The computer networking certificate is appropriate for students who want to obtain an entry-level position in network administration for a business, government agency, or nonprofit organizations. The program provides hands-on training in state-of-the art computer technology. With appropriate choice of courses, the majority of this certificate may be completed while pursuing the Associate of Applied Science in Computer Information Systems.

Office Administration CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge in office administration that will prepare them to obtain an entry-level position within the field.

Program Description:
For students whose personal interests and needs can be met by a concentration of office administration courses and who do not wish to earn a degree. Advantages to students enrolled in this program include marketable office skills and the program may be completed within a year. On the other hand, a certificate program may limit or restrict individuals from future job programs or opportunities for advancement. Individuals who successfully complete this program in office administration may secure entry-level positions such as front office clerk, cashier, teller, or hospital admitting clerk.

Paralegal Studies CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate 1) basic knowledge in legal skills which will prepare them to obtain an entry level position within a law office, corporation, governmental agency, or other entity and 2) competency in communications, critical thinking, quantitative analysis, and technological applications.

Program Description:
Preparation for entry level employment in law offices. Provides students with practical legal skills enabling them to draft legal documents. Students are familiarized with fundamental concepts of substantive areas such as torts and business law. Legal theory and related practical applications are integrated throughout the program.

Paralegal Studies A.A.S.

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate 1) basic knowledge in legal skills which will prepare them to obtain an entry level position within a law office, corporation, governmental agency, or other entity and 2) competency in communications, critical thinking, quantitative analysis, and technological applications.

Program Description:
Preparation for entry level employment in law offices. Provides students with practical legal skills enabling them to draft legal documents. Students are familiarized with fundamental concepts of substantive areas such as torts and business law. Legal theory and related practical applications are integrated throughout the program.

Recreation Management CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge in recreation planning and development, leisure delivery services in public, private, and commercial settings, as well as general knowledge of outdoor skills.

Program Description:
Provides graduates with essential skills required of an entry level employee in parks and recreation, community agencies such as long term care centers, and other recreation based organizations.

Recreation Management A.A.S.

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge in recreation planning and development, leisure delivery services in public, private, and commercial settings, as well as general knowledge of outdoor skills.

Program Description:
Provides graduates with essential skills required of an entry level employee in parks and recreation, community agencies such as long term care centers, and other recreation based organizations.

Retail Management CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate leadership skills in retail management.

Program Description:
Fundamentals in business accounting, management, marketing, personnel supervision and leadership.

Sports Management A.A.

A.A. - Transfer Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will learn basic skills in management and marketing. They will demonstrate critical thinking skills that will prepare them for an entry level position in the field or prepare them to transfer to a university to further pursue an education in the sports management field.

Program Description:
This program prepares graduates with essential skills required for an entry level position in a variety of sports management fields.

Education

Early Childhood Education CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate a basic knowledge in early childhood education.

Program Description:
For students who wish to have basic knowledge in early childhood education. The certificate can work with an existing degree in another area of education or related fields.

Early Childhood Education A.A.S.

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in early childhood education that will prepare them to obtain an entry-level position within the field and (2) competency in communication, critical thinking, quantitative analysis, and technological applications.

Program Description:
This program is for students contemplating careers in early childhood education and for individuals employed in day care, Head Starts, at risk preschools, or other early childhood environments. Student must obtain TB test, a background and fingerprint check before entering any field placement.

Education - Elementary A.A.

A.A. - Transfer Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in education that will prepare them for transfer to the university and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
Students planning to enter the field of elementary education may complete their first two years of study at AWC. It is recommended that education majors consult often with their Academic Advisors concerning the courses required for certification in Arizona and/or graduation from a state university with a bachelor’s degree in education.

Education - Elementary with Early Childhood Education Emphasis A.A.

A.A. - Transfer Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in early childhood education that will prepare them for transfer to the university and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
Students planning to enter the field of education may complete their first two years of study at AWC. Students interested in working with children grade four and below, in an elementary setting, are encouraged to follow the prescribed and recommended lists of courses for certification in AZ and/or graduation from a state university with a degree in education.

Education - Secondary A.A.

A.A. - Transfer Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in education that will prepare them for transfer to the university and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
Students planning to enter the field of secondary education may complete their first two years of study at AWC. It is recommended that education majors consult often with their Academic Advisors concerning the courses required for certification in Arizona and/or graduation from a state university with a bachelor’s degree in education. Secondary education students also need to “double major” in the discipline they wish to teach in high school.

Family Childcare Education CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge in family childcare education that will prepare them to obtain an entry-level position within the field.

Program Description:
This program is designed for those individuals who wish to earn a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential in Family Childcare Education. The CDA training program follows the prescribed criteria set forth by the Council of Professional Recognition based in Washington, D.C. The CDA competencies for this program are as follows: (1) to establish and maintain a safe, healthy learning environment, (2) to advance physical and intellectual competence, (3) to support social and emotional development and to provide positive guidance, (4) to establish positive and productive relationships with families, (5) to ensure a well-run, purposeful program responsive to participant needs, and (6) to maintain a commitment to professionalism.

Infant and Toddler Education CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge in infant and toddler education that will prepare them to obtain an entry-level position within the field.

Program Description:
This program is designed for those individuals who wish to earn a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential in Infant and Toddler Education. The CDA training program follows the prescribed criteria set forth by the Council of Professional Recognition based in Washington, D.C. The CDA competencies for this program are as follows: (1) to establish and maintain a safe, healthy learning environment, (2) to advance physical and intellectual competence, (3) to support social and emotional development and to provide positive guidance, (4) to establish positive and productive relationships with families, (5) to ensure a well-run, purposeful program responsive to participant needs, and (6) to maintain a commitment to professionalism.

Preschool Education CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge in child development that will prepare them for a national credential and to obtain an entry-level position within the field.

Program Description:
This is a highly individualized, competency-based program taught primarily on-site in early childhood settings where students are working with children. The courses are organized around the competencies adopted by the CDA National Credentialing Program. Employment in this area is expected to rise as Head Start and other day care providers are requiring the CDA credential. This program is “open entry/open exit,” therefore, students may be enrolled at any time. All courses require permission of instructor. Students, in consultation with the Director of Early Childhood Programs, develop the program of study that prepares for the national credential process. Additional modules may be required to demonstrate competency before a student is scheduled for the assessment process. Students will undergo a background and fingerprint check before entering any of the laboratory courses.

Healthcare & Public Safety

Administration of Justice Studies A.A.S.

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in administration of justice studies that will prepare them to obtain an entry-level position within the field of law enforcement, juvenile justice, or corrections and (2) competency in communication, critical thinking, quantitative analysis, and technological applications.

Program Description:
This program is designed for students who are seeking employment upon completion of a two-year A.A.S. degree in the criminal justice system.

Administration of Justice Studies A.A.

A.A. - Transfer Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in administration of justice studies that will prepare them to transfer to the university and (2) competency in communication, critical thinking, quantitative analysis, and technological applications.

Program Description:
This program is designed for students planning to transfer to a university. Because the programs at the university level are so unique to this major, students should work closely with an Academic Advisor regarding the requirements at a specific four-year institution.

Administration of Justice Studies: Law Enforcement Emphasis A.A.

A.A. - Transfer Degree


Program Purpose:
The purpose of the program is to meet the educational needs of the local, state, and tribal law enforcement agencies. It is to encourage law enforcement officers to seek a degree in their field which will assist them in pursuing promotional opportunities within their respective law enforcement agency.

Program Description:
Law enforcement has become a large, complex, and dynamic enterprise consisting of multiple professions, skill sets, and expertise. The degree in homeland security is to assist the individual officer in understanding the constant innovation and unrelenting evolution of law enforcement as well as the threats facing the community and the profession. The degree will assist the individual officer in their professional endeavors in their chosen field.

Community Health Worker CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge of professional skills required for community health advocacy (promotores) and (2) appropriate application of skills (3) competency in communication, critical thinking, ethical decision making, and a comprehensive skill base with a foundation of the sciences (4) fundamental concepts for working effectively in the health care environment.

Program Description:
This program is designed to provide students with the essential skills to become a community health worker, also known as a Promotora/o. The curriculum focuses on integration of the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the individual while providing the philosophical foundation and technical skills required. Students will learn to build individual and community capacity by increasing health knowledge and self sufficiency through outreach, education, informal counseling, social support and advocacy. Students are prepared for frontline community health work serving as liaisons between health/social services and the community.

Computed Tomography CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
The Computed Tomography (CT) certificate will provide technologists with the opportunity to learn CT Imaging Technology, to gain practical clinical skills and to be prepared academically to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) CT Registry Examination. CT Certificate completers will enhance their job opportunities and become eligible to work with hybrid imaging systems that include CT such as PET/CT or SPECT/CT.

Program Description:
This certificate is appropriate for technologists wishing to enter the field of CT imaging who have no previous CT experience as well as technologists who have worked in CT without extensive formal training. It allows them to meet the new requirements for ARRT Certification, clinical practice for documentation of 125 exams and 16 hours of structured educational classes.

Customs and Border Protections Homeland Security A.A.

A.A. - Transfer Degree


Program Purpose:
The purpose of the program is to meet the needs of the United States Department of Homeland Security (Customs and Border Protection). It is to encourage federal law enforcement officers to seek a degree in their field which will assist them in pursuing promotional opportunities within the Department of Homeland Security.

Program Description:
The homeland security construct has become a large, complex, and dynamic enterprise consisting of multiple professions, skill sets, and expertise. The degree in homeland security is to assist the individual officer in understanding the constant innovation and unrelenting evolution of homeland security as well as the threats facing the nation. The degree will also assist the individual in their professional endeavors in their chosen field.

Cyber Criminology A.A.

A.A. - Transfer Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in cyber criminology that will prepare them for transfer to the university and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC's General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
Victimization through the Internet is becoming more prevalent as cyber criminals have developed effective ways to remain anonymous. Cyber criminology explores Internet Crimes and Criminal Behavior of today's interface of computer science, Internet science, and criminology. Classification and types of Computer Crimes and the legal considerations in collecting and analyzing computer evidence is essential in the investigation and prosecution. Constitutional restrictions including but not limited to privacy and searches and seizures play an important role in the world of cybercriminology.

Emergency Medical Services Paramedic CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge in emergency medical services that will prepare them for employment as paramedics.

Program Description:
This program is offered for both professionals and community members. Emergency medical classes are available for everything from CPR and first aid to paramedic training. The program offers courses sanctioned by various agencies such as the Arizona Department of Health Services, the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, the American Heart Association, and the National Safety Council. Students must maintain 80% or higher in each EMS course specified in the program in order to test for state and national certification. Criminal history self disclosure required.

Emergency Medical Services Paramedic A.A.S.

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in emergency medical services that will prepare them for employment as paramedics and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
This program is offered for both professionals and community members. Emergency medical classes are available for everything from CPR and first aid to paramedic training. The program offers courses sanctioned by various agencies such as the Arizona Department of Health Services, the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, the American Heart Association, and the National Safety Council. Students must maintain 80% or higher in each EMS course specified in the program in order to test for state and national certification. Criminal history self disclosure required.

EMT Basic CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge in emergency medical services that will prepare them for employment as technicians.

Program Description:
Designed to prepare individuals for certification as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs). Upon successful completion of EMS 152, the student is eligible to take the EMT examination and to apply to the Arizona Department of Health Services, Office of Emergency Medical Services for certification as an EMT. Criminal history self disclosure required.

Exercise and Wellness A.A.

A.A. - Transfer Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge in exercise science, health, and physical education that will prepare them for employment in the fitness industry or prepare them for transfer to the universities. Students will learn critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
Designed to prepare individuals for employment in the fitness industry and/or prepare the individual interested in continuing their education leading to careers in exercise science, health and wellness, and physical education.

Fire Academy CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge in fire science that will prepare them for employment as firefighters.

Program Description:
Designed to equip students with the knowledge and practical skills necessary for certification as entry-level firefighters. Successful completion with a "B" or higher allows students to sit for the Firefighter 1 and 2 certification examinations as conducted by the Arizona Center for Fire Service Excellence.

Fire Science A.A.S.

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate expertise in fire science at a level that prepares them for a supervisory position within the fire service. Graduates will demonstrate competency critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas necessary to educate and lead fire service personnel.

Program Description:
Designed for individuals who desire a career in fire science. Beyond being a professional firefighter, the degree will assist in qualifying individuals for related occupations such as building inspector, rescue specialist, and hazardous materials specialist. For the employed firefighter, this degree can be an asset in seeking promotion within fire science.

Fitness Training Professional CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, exercise testing and program principles, nutrition and weight control, and injury prevention.

Program Description:
This program is designed to provide students with work experience in various fitness leadership positions in the health/fitness industry or to become self-employed in health/fitness training and consultation. The program offers students a variety of physical education and health courses, emphasizing the relationship of human physiology, exercise training, lifestyle behavior modification and disease prevention. Extensive focus is placed on integrating text-learned information into practical experience using substantial laboratory work with clients and a training/consultation internship. Fitness assessment, exercise prescription, and exercise program implementation are targeted, preparing students to enter the workforce in the area of personal training at health clubs, gyms, etc.

Homeland Security A.A.

A.A. - Transfer Degree


Program Purpose:
The purpose of the program is to educate the student as to the dangers facing the United States and organizations that protect us from the danger. The program will also assist the student in selecting and preparing a career path within one of the law enforcement agencies of the federal government.

Program Description:
There is an ever increasing threat against the citizens of the United States at home and abroad. As a result, there is a need for individuals in the various agencies of state and federal government to combat this threat. The program will assist the community in meeting this need by providing students with a basic foundation in identifying the threat and response to it.

Law Enforcement Training A.A.S.

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree


Program Purpose:
To award college credit for completing training in the Law Enforcement Training Academy as required by the Arizona Peace Officers Standards and Training Board.

Program Description:
Students are attending a state certified police academy and meeting the academic standards and objectives as set forth by the Arizona Peace Officers Standards and Training Board.

Law Enforcement Training Academy CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge in law enforcement that will prepare them for an entry-level position within the field.

Program Description:
This program is offered only to individuals who have met the minimum qualifications for a peace officer applicant as specified by the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (AZPOST). To attend the academy, an individual must either be appointed by a law enforcement agency or through an application process as set forth by the Public Safety Institute. For information regarding the Law Enforcement Training Academy, contact the Public Safety Institute. The Academy is comprised of two semester segments that operate parallel to the academic school year. Background check required.

Massage Therapy CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge of professional skills required in therapeutic massage and (2) appropriate application of modalities (3) competency in communication, critical thinking, ethical decision making, and a comprehensive skill base with a foundation of the sciences (4) fundamental concepts for working effectively in the health care environment.

Program Description:
This program is designed to provide students with the essential skills to become a massage therapist. The curriculum focuses on integration of the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the individual while providing the philosophical foundation and technical skills required to perform therapeutic massage. Students are prepared to manage a private massage practice and work in collaboration with other healthcare field professionals. This course meets the requirement for state certification as a Massage Therapist.

Massage Therapy A.A.S.

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge of professional skills required in therapeutic massage and (2) appropriate application of modalities (3) competency in communication, critical thinking, ethical decision making, and a comprehensive skill base with a foundation of the sciences (4) fundamental concepts for working effectively in the health care environment.

Program Description:
This program is designed to provide students with the essential skills to become a massage therapist. The curriculum focuses on integration of the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the individual while providing the philosophical foundation and technical skills required to perform therapeutic massage. Students are prepared to manage a private massage practice and work in collaboration with other healthcare professionals. This program meets the requirement for state certification as a Massage Therapist.

Nursing A.A.S.

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate (1) knowledge and skills to provide safe care as an entry level nurse, (2) basic knowledge in nursing that will prepare them for the registered nurse licensure examination, and (3) competency in communication, critical thinking, quantitative analysis, and technological applications.

Program Description:
The program is designed to prepare students for entry level nursing practice in a variety of health care settings. The curriculum is designed to offer an exit option at the practical nursing level. Graduates who have obtained a license to practice (RN) are eligible for transfer to advanced degrees in nursing.

Nursing Assistant CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge as required of beginning nursing assistant practitioners.

Program Description:
This course prepares the learner for taking the state examination to become a certified nursing assistant. The Arizona State Board of Nursing requires evidence of citizenship or nationality for state certification (CNA). Fingerprints needed to take the licensure exam.

Nursing Practical CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
This program is designed to offer students in the A.A.S. degree nursing program an exit option upon completion of the first two semesters of that program. Those desiring to earn this certificate are required to successfully complete a summer course, NUR 123. Students are also eligible after successful completion of the 3rd semester. They are then eligible to take the NCLEX-PN and to apply to the Arizona State Board of Nursing for licensure as a practical nurse. Fingerprinting will be required for licensure.

Program Description:
Nursing-LPN Exit Option

Pre-Health Careers CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
To prepare the student to enter the healthcare related career programs.

Program Description:
Provide students interested in a health care profession with a consolidated group of courses that will meet the prerequisites for entering into various health care programs

Public Safety-Level 1 CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Implementing a new certificate and degree to meet the needs of local public safety agencies. This program will encourage local public safety personnel to further their education in their profession which will assist them in pursuing promotional opportunities with their agency.

Program Description:
The public safety construct has become a large, complex, and dynamic enterprise consisting of multiple processions, skill sets, and expertise. The certificate in public safety will assist the individual in understanding constant innovation and unrelenting evolution of public safety. The certificate will assist the individual in their professional endeavors in their chosen field.

Radiologic Technology A.A.S.

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree


Program Purpose:
The Radiologic Technology program is a comprehensive competency-based program of study that prepares students to sit for the National Registry Examination offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and allows successful students to graduate with expertise at the entry level in the field of diagnostic radiology. Students will be able to use critical thinking skills, communicate professionally, and apply quantitative analytical skills to community- centered professional practice, for the fulfillment of personal goals, or to be eligible for education and training in other specialized diagnostic imaging fields.

Program Description:
Radiologic Technology prepares the graduate for a career in diagnostic medical imaging. The Associate in Applied Science degree prepares graduates for application to the certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). The radiologic technologist may secure employment in hospitals, clinics, and other health care agencies. Admission to the Radiologic Technology Program requires a separate application procedure. Students are encouraged to meet with a program advisor within the department. Admission to and graduation from the program does not guarantee certification by the ARRT. Under the guidelines of the ARRT a felony conviction can cause the applicant to be denied certification. Applicants are encouraged to contact the ARRT to petition and submit documents pertinent to an existing felony conviction prior to making application to the program.

Science, Agriculture, Engineering & Math

Agricultural Science A.A.

A.A. - Transfer Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in agricultural science that will prepare them for transfer to the university and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
Students preparing for transfer to a four-year college of agriculture will find the necessary required courses in agriculture, science, mathematics, and related subject areas available to them and will be advised by the agriculture faculty. This program articulates with the B.S. in Agricultural Systems Management offered by the University of Arizona—Yuma.

Agriculture Occupational CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge in agricultural technology that will prepare them to obtain an entry-level position within the field.

Program Description:
Over the past several years, the need for well-trained entry-level agricultural technicians has greatly increased. To meet this need, this program is offered for those wishing to pursue this occupation which, upon completion, will enable the student to become employable. The course work contained in the certificate may be applied to the A.A.S. degree in Applied Agriculture.

Applied Agriculture A.A.S.

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduate will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in agriculture that will prepare them to obtain an entry-level position within the field and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
For students interested in agriculture, this program provides entry skills in agriculture and some flexibility for choices in the agricultural area of interest.

Biology A.S.

A.S. - Transfer Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in biology that will prepare them for transfer to the university and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
This program is designed for those students pursuing a career in biological sciences. Students who wish to pursue a pre-med preparation should follow this program as well. It is recommended that all students who wish to enter other related fields, such as medical technology or pre-professional health science (pre-dental, pre-optometry, pre-pharmacy, and pre-veterinary) should also follow this program and consult with an Academic Advisor for the appropriate courses and sequences for their particular field. Students may also be interested in the A.S. degree in Environmental Sciences with Biology Emphasis.

Chemistry A.S.

A.S. - Transfer Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in chemistry that will prepare them for transfer to the university and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
This program is designed for those students pursuing a career in chemistry or in a related field for which chemistry is an integral part.

Crop Production A.S.

A.S. - Transfer Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in agricultural science that will prepare them for transfer to the university and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
Students preparing for transfer to a four-year college of agriculture will find the necessary required courses in agriculture, science, mathematics, and related subject areas available to them and will be advised by the agriculture faculty. This program articulates with the B.S. in Crop Production offered by The University of Arizona, Tucson and Yuma campus.

Earth Systems Science A.S.

A.S. - Transfer Degree


Program Purpose:
Earth Science is an interdisciplinary field offering opportunities to work on practical problems that are important for life as we know it on planet Earth. Because the Earth and its environment are all around us, job opportunities related to the Earth and our environment will always be plentiful. Top industries that hire earth scientists are engineering/surveying, research, and education. Successful completion of the associates degree will result in a strong foundation in several key aspects of earth science, which prepare the student to continue on in the field to study geologic hazards, GIS, climate science, meteorology, oceanography, the environment, resource management, or any number of other related subfields.

Program Description:
This program provides a dedicated path to an Earth Science degree that focuses more on the physical processes.

Engineering A.S.

A.S. - Transfer Degree


Program Purpose:
This program prepares students for a wide variety of engineering majors at the university. Students should work closely with an Academic Advisor in their choice of courses as they consider which engineering specialty best fits their career goals.

Program Description:
This program prepares students for a wide variety of engineering majors at the university. Students should work closely with an Academic Advisor in their choice of courses as they consider which engineering specialty best fits their career goals.

Environmental Sciences - Applied Geology Emphasis A.S.

A.S. - Transfer Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in environmental sciences that will prepare them for transfer to the university and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
Intended for students pursuing a career in fields such as environmental consulting, natural resource management, science education, or graduate school in the sciences. Two emphases are available: Applied Geology and Biology. Students may complete the BS degree with a Biology Emphasis entirely at NAU in Yuma. The Applied Geology Emphasis requires transfer to NAU in Flagstaff or elsewhere for the BS degree.

Environmental Sciences - Biology Emphasis A.S.

A.S. - Transfer Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in environmental sciences that will prepare them for transfer to the university and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
Intended for students pursuing a career in fields such as environmental consulting, natural resource management, science education, or graduate school in the sciences. Two emphases are available: Applied Geology and Biology. Students may complete the BS degree with a Biology Emphasis entirely at NAU in Yuma. The Applied Geology Emphasis requires transfer to NAU in Flagstaff or elsewhere for the BS degree.

Food Science and Safety CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Provide education, training, and credentials in the area of food production safety for current and future members of the industry.

Program Description:
This certificate is designed to provide a student with an understanding of microbial growth, production practices, and prevention and eradication methods.

Geology A.S.

A.S. - Transfer Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in geology that will prepare them for transfer to the university and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
Geology is the study of the earth. The geology department emphasizes a process-oriented approach to studying phenomena which shape the earth’s surface, and ultimately impacts all of our lives. This program articulates with the BS degree in Environmental Science-Geology Emphasis as part of AWC’s “2+2” partnership with NAU-Yuma Branch Campus. Students may also be interested in the A.S. degree in Environmental Sciences with an Applied Geology Emphasis.

Mathematics A.A.

A.A. - Transfer Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in mathematics that will prepare them for transfer to the university and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
Mathematics majors seek employment in the actuarial sciences, statistics, education, cryptology, cartography, topology, and research. This program is designed to transfer to a university major where students can specialize in one of these areas.

Physics A.S.

A.S. - Transfer Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in physics that will prepare them for transfer to the university and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
Physics is the study of nature’s most basic interactions between matter and energy. This program prepares students for transfer to a university to major in physics or in a closely related career for which physics is an integral part.

Social Sciences

American Indian Studies A.A.

A.A. - Transfer Degree


Program Purpose:
Provides an opportunity for Arizona Western College to support the local Native American heritage and to acquaint both the Native Americans and the Non-Native American community with Pan-Indian experience.

Program Description:
American Indian Studies provides an educational experience that will develop appreciation, understanding and protection of Native American cultures and their histories. It introduces students to the diversity and uniqueness of Native American cultures, their sovereignty as independent nations and the challenges they face in our contemporary society.

Family Development Credential CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate skills that promote family strengths and prepare them to obtain an entry-level position within the field.

Program Description:
The certificate program includes eleven (11) credit hours. Each of the prescribed courses of this program has an embedded laboratory experience component essential for “application of theory” throughout the training period. Following successful completion of the FDC certificate, individuals may apply for a nationally recognized certification, The Family Development Credential issued by the University of Connecticut.

Family Studies A.A.

A.A. - Transfer Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in family studies that will prepare them for transfer to the university and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
This program strives to integrate relationships between individuals, families, and communities as well as the environments in which they function. This profession is concerned with: the strength and vitality of families; the use of personal, social, and material resources to meet human needs; the well-being of individuals and families; the role of individuals and families as consumers of goods and services; and the development and management of home and community environments that are supportive of individuals and families. Any student may take courses in this area for personal or professional development. Some FAS courses fulfill general education requirements (AGEC and A.A.S.) in the Social and Behavioral Sciences category. To reach the objectives of the profession, students are advised to continue and complete a bachelor’s degree for employability in this area.

History A.A.

A.A. - Transfer Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in history that will prepare them for transfer to the university and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
The history major is offered for those students who would like to continue, at the university level, to pursue history as a teaching or research career or as an adjunct discipline to other majors.

Political Science A.A.

A.A. - Transfer Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in political science that will prepare them for transfer to the university and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
Political science studies governments, politics, and social ideologies. This program not only is for students who wish to become political scientists, but also is an excellent preparation for pre-law.

Psychology/Sociology A.A.

A.A. - Transfer Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in psychology and sociology that will prepare them for transfer to the university and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
This combined major in the behavioral sciences allows students continuing at the university to major in either field. Also, students considering a career in social work or other human services can use this program as a solid preparation for those careers.

Social Work A.A.

A.A. - Transfer Degree


Program Purpose:
This program is designed to prepare students to enter university programs to earn baccalaureate and graduate degrees in the field of Social Work. Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge of social work theory that will prepare them to transfer to university social work programs; and(2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
Students in this major receive a foundation in the social sciences, language and related fields that prepares them to meet the demands of promoting human and community well-being. Graduates will be ready to enter university baccalaureate study versed in the underpinnings of the field of social work. "Guided by a person and environment construct, a global perspective, respect for human diversity, and knowledge based on scientific inquiry, social work's purpose is actualized through its quest for social and economic justice, the prevention of conditions that limit human rights, the elimination of poverty, and the enhancement of the quality of life for all persons." (Council on Social Work Education, 2008, p. 1)

Technology, Trades & Food Science

Air Conditioning A.A.S.

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in air conditioning and refrigeration that will prepare them to obtain an entry-level position within the field and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
Provides the student with the essential skills required to enter this fast-growing field which includes both heating and cooling. The student attains the technical knowledge associated with each type of refrigeration system, their uses, and their controlling devices. This program includes troubleshooting, maintenance, motors, as well as study of related electrical controlling devices and safety related to the use of refrigerants.

Air Conditioning and Refrigeration CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge in air conditioning and refrigeration that will prepare them to obtain an entry-level position within the field and critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
Provides the student with the essential skills required for entry-level employees in the air conditioning and refrigeration industry. Training in various aspects of air conditioning and refrigeration include trouble-shooting, maintenance, repair and servicing of A/C units, related electrical controlling devices, motors, and safety factors concerning the use of various refrigerants. Program curriculum is aligned with National Center for Construction Education Research standardized national skills standards for the construction trades.

Air Conditioning STEM Emphasis A.A.S.

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree


Program Purpose:
Industrial air conditioning and refrigeration requires combined knowledge and skills in a variety of industrial/technical fields. This program will prepare the individual for an entry level job in the air conditioning and refrigeration career field. Students are instructed in the processes and practices of trouble-shooting, maintenance, repair and service, working with electrical controlling devices, motors, and safety. Graduates will demonstrate critical thinking skills in AWC's General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
This program provides courses in air-conditioning and other technical subject areas as well as the required general education courses to prepare students to transfer to a university.

Automotive Brakes and Suspension CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge in automotive brakes and suspension that will prepare them to obtain an entry-level position within the field.

Program Description:
Successful completion of the required courses for this certificate signifies to potential or current employers that the student has completed the steps necessary in obtaining an entry level position as a general or specialized technician.

Automotive Computer Fundamentals Engine Performance and Diagnostics CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge in automotive computer fundamentals, engine performance, and diagnostics that will prepare them to obtain an entry-level position within the field.

Program Description:
Successful completion of the required courses for this certificate signifies to potential or current employers that the student has completed the steps necessary in obtaining an entry level position as a general or specialized technician.

Automotive Electrical and Air Conditioning Systems CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge in automotive electrical and air conditioning that will prepare them to obtain an entry-level position within the field.

Program Description:
Successful completion of the required courses for this certificate signifies to potential or current employers that the student has completed the steps necessary in obtaining an entry level position as a general or specialized technician.

Automotive Powertrains CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge in automotive power trains that will prepare them to obtain an entry-level position within the field.

Program Description:
Successful completion of the required courses for this certificate signifies to potential or current employers that the student has completed the steps necessary in obtaining an entry level position as a general or specialized technician.

Automotive Technology CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge in automotive technology that will prepare them to obtain an entry-level position within the field.

Program Description:
Successful completion of the required courses for this certificate signifies to potential or current employers that the student has completed the steps necessary in obtaining an entry level position as a general or specialized technician. Student will be able to apply for and take the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification examinations.

Automotive Technology A.A.S.

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in automotive technology that will prepare them to obtain an entry-level position within the field and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
Recognizing that a successful career in automotive technology involves much more than the mechanical ability to replace parts, this program is for the individual who has the ability and aptitude to become a skilled automotive technician. Students gain competency in a variety of automotive systems which enables them to diagnose and perform corrective procedures accurately. In addition, students receive advanced technical education procedures on many vehicle components to keep them abreast of current changes in the automotive industry. This program is certified through the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). When completing the automotive training the student will be able to apply for and take the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification examinations. Student-supplied safety glasses are required.

Automotive Techology STEM Emphasis A.A.S.

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree


Program Purpose:
This program is certified through the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). When completing the automotive training the student will be able to apply for and take the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification examinations.

Program Description:
This program provides courses in the automotive and technical subject areas as well as the required general education courses to prepare students to transfer to a university.

Basic Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Service Technician CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge in air conditioning and refrigeration that will prepare them to obtain an entry-level position within the field and critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
Provides the student with the essential skills required of an entry-level employee in the air conditioning and refrigeration industry. Training in various aspects of air conditioning and refrigeration include trouble-shooting, maintenance, repair and servicing of A/C units, related electrical controlling devices, motors and safety factors concerning the use of various refrigerants. Program curriculum is aligned with National Center for Construction Education Research standardized national skills standards for the construction trades.

Basic Carpentry CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge in carpentry that will prepare them to obtain an entry level position within the field and critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
Provides graduates with the essential skills required of an entry-level employee in the carpentry industry. Program curriculum is aligned with National Center for Construction Education Research standardized national skills standards for the construction trades.

Basic Electrical CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge in electrical wiring that will prepare them to obtain an entry-level position within the field and critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
Provides graduates with the essential skills required of an entry-level employee in the electrical wiring industry. Program curriculum is aligned with National Center for Construction Education Research standardized national skills standards for the construction trades.

Basic Plumbing CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge in plumbing that will prepare them to obtain an entry level position within the field.

Program Description:
Provides graduates with the essential skills required of an entry level employee in the plumbing industry. This program is certified with the National Association of Home Builders through the Home Builders Institute and encompasses the National Skills Standards for the Construction Trades.

Bodywork Mastery CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Advanced training in therapeutic massage.

Program Description:
Fine tune bodywork skills with additional exposure to seasoned, licensed therapy instructors and closely supervised clinical experience. The addition of this certificate to the Licensed Massage Therapy Program Certificate (AWC =784 contact hours)/ 700 required for AZ State license) results in 1000 hours or more of course work that is required in some state and municipal jurisdictions for licensing.

Carpentry CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Program completers will obtain knowledge and experience in residential construction with emphasis on Carpentry.

Program Description:
The certificate in carpentry prepares the student for an entry level position in the construction industry. This program provides opportunities for students to learn construction technology used to erect, install and repair structures with modern construction materials and techniques. This program focuses on blueprint reading, construction project estimating, and safety practices.

Carpentry A.A.S.

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge in carpentry that will prepare them to obtain an entry level position within the field and critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
Provides graduates with the essential skills required of an entry level employee in the carpentry industry. Program curriculum is aligned with National Center for Construction Education Research standardized national skills standards for the construction trades.

Carpentry STEM Emphasis A.A.S.

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge in carpentry that will prepare them to obtain an entry level position within the field and critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
This program provides courses in the carpentry and technical subject areas as well as the required general education courses to prepare students to transfer to a university. Students should work closely with an Academic Advisor regarding the requirements at a specific four-year institution.

Community Health Worker A.A.S.

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge of professional skills required for community health advocacy (promotores) and (2) appropriate application of skills (3) competency in communication, critical thinking, ethical decision making, and a comprehensive skill base with a foundation of the sciences (4) fundamental concepts for working effectively in the health care environment.

Program Description:
This program is designed to provide students with the essential skills to become a community health worker, also known as a Promotora/o. The curriculum focuses on integration of the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the individual while providing the philosophical foundation and technical skills required. Students will learn to build individual and community capacity by increasing health knowledge and self sufficiency through outreach, education, informal counseling, social support and advocacy. Students are prepared for frontline community health work serving as liaisons between health/social services and the community.

Construction Industrial Safety CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Certificate will allow completers to enhance employment or seek new employment in the construction industry as a person responsible for site safety.

Program Description:
A course of study in regulatory safety requirements associated with construction and industrial site management. Course includes individual body of knowledge required for employment in the construction and industrial work place. Emphasis will be on interpretation, implementation and documentation of required job site safety procedures.

Construction Trades Management A.A.S.

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in the construction trades field which will prepare them to obtain an entry-level position in the field and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
Provides graduates with the essential skills required of an entry level employee in the construction trades industry. This program is certified with the National Association of Home Builders through the Home Builders Institute and encompasses the National Skills Standards for the Construction Trades.

Construction Trades Management STEM Emphasis A.A.S.

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge in the construction trades field which will prepare them to obtain an entry level position in the field and critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
This program provides courses in the construction trades management and technical subject areas as well as the required general education courses to prepare students to transfer to a university. Students should work closely with an Academic Advisor regarding the requirements at a specific four-year institution.

Culinary Arts CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge in culinary arts that will prepare them to obtain an entry-level position within the field.

Program Description:
Designed to prepare the student for a career in food service in the following areas: restaurants, resorts, catering, hospitals, cruise ships, television shows, and food processing companies. Students will develop creative food preparation and presentation. Volunteer placement is available for students who wish to continue training before entering the job market.

Culinary Arts A.A.S.

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate advanced knowledge in Culinary Arts which will prepare them for a position within the food service industry.

Program Description:
Students will develop more advanced skills necessary to compete for a position in a restaurant, school, hospital, or nursing facility. In addition, the student would be capable of pursuing the option of developing a restaurant, catering business or personal chef career. Students will be required to obtain a ServSafe Managers card and become certified through the American Culinary Federation as a CC, (Certified Culinarian).

Culinary Arts General Education Emphasis A.A.S.

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate advanced knowledge in Culinary Arts which will prepare them for a position within the food service industry.

Program Description:
Students will develop more advanced skills necessary to compete for a position in a restaurant, school, hospital, or nursing facility. In addition, the student would be capable of pursuing the option of developing a restaurant, catering business or personal chef career. Students will be required to obtain a ServSafe Managers card and become certified through the American Culinary Federation as a CC (Certified Culinarian).

Culinary Arts with a-Focus in Entrepreneurship CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge in culinary arts and good business practices that will enable them to operate their own catering business.

Program Description:
Designed to prepare the student to operate and manage their own catering business by developing skills in creating an effective business plan, conducting market research, determining the target market and developing a marketing strategy as well as developing skills in food preparation and plate and buffet presentation.

Dietetics CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge in dietetics that will prepare them to obtain an entry-level position within the field. This coursework will also prepare the students for majoring in dietetics at the universities.

Program Description:
Students enrolling in the program will develop basic skills to function in the dietary services of health care institutions, schools, correctional institutions, as well as the commercial food service industry.

Drafting CAD CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate (1) knowledge and ability in the use of computer assisted drafting (CAD) technology which will prepare them to obtain an entry-level position in the field and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
This program prepares graduates for an entry-level position in the career field of drafting through instruction in the use of industry recognized drafting technologies. The content for this program is developed with support from an industry advisory committee to allow students the opportunity to gain work force entry-level skills. This program offers students to meet career objectives by focusing on standards, drafting practices and skill development in the use of computer assisted drafting (CAD).

Drafting CAD Technology A.A.S.

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate (1) knowledge and ability in the use of computer assisted drafting (CAD) technology which will prepare them to obtain an entry-level position in the field and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
This program prepares graduates for an entry-level position in the career field of drafting through instruction in the use of industry recognized drafting technologies. The content for this program is developed with support from an industry advisory committee to allow students the opportunity to gain work force entry-level skills. This program offers students to meet career objectives by focusing on standards, drafting practices and skill development in the use of computer assisted drafting (CAD).

Drafting CAD Technology STEM Emphasis A.A.S.

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate (1) knowledge and ability in the use of computer assisted drafting (CAD) technology which will prepare them to obtain an entry-level position in the field and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC's General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
This program provides courses in the drafting CAD and technical subject areas as well as the required general education courses to prepare students to transfer to a university. Students should work closely with an Academic Advisor regarding the requirements at a specific four-year institution.

Electrical Technology CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Provide program completers with greater knowledge and experience in residential construction with emphasis on electrical technology and competency in communication, critical thinking, quantitative analysis and technological application.

Program Description:
Prepares students for an entry-level position in the construction trades industry. This program provides opportunities for students to learn to install, maintain, and repair electrical wiring, equipment, and fixtures in accordance with relevant codes. Program curriculum is aligned with National Center for Construction Education Research standardized national skills standards for the construction trades.

Electrical Technology A.A.S.

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate a basic knowledge in residential electrical wiring required of an entry-level employee, and competency in communication, critical thinking, quantitative analysis and technological application.

Program Description:
Provides graduates with essential skills required of an entry-level employee in the construction trades industry. This program encompasses the national skills standards for the construction trades.

Electrical Technology STEM Emphasis A.A.S.

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate a basic knowledge in residential electrical wiring required of an entry-level employee, and competency in communication, critical thinking, quantitative analysis and technological application.

Program Description:
This program provides courses in the electrical and technical subject areas as well as the required general education courses to prepare students to transfer to a university. Students should work closely with an Academic Advisor regarding the requirements at a specific four-year institution.

Foundations of Construction CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
This program is part of the contract with the Arizona Department of Corrections and offers inmates of the Arizona State Prison Complex Yuma the opportunity to obtain a vocational certificate.

Program Description:
This program provides inmates of the Arizona State Prison Complex Yuma with essential entry-level employment skills to enable them to find employment after their release from prison.

Industrial Technology A.A.S.

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in industrial technology that will prepare them to obtain an entry-level position within the field and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC General Education focus areas. The program will prepare the individual for entry level employment in a broad range of career fields. Students are instructed in the processes and practices involved in the areas of industrial graphics, technical writing, robotic welding applications, and occupational safety. Competencies related to critical thinking skills in AWC General Education focus areas are embedded.

Program Description:
This program provides courses in the industrial technology subject areas as well as required general education courses to prepare students to transfer to a university.

Industrial Technology STEM Emphasis A.A.S.

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree


Program Purpose:
Industrial manufacturing technology requires combined knowledge and skills in a variety of industrial/technical fields. This program will prepare the individual for entry level employment in the industrial manufacturing career field. Students are instructed in the processes and practices involved in the areas of air conditioning and refrigeration, industrial graphics, electrical, quality control and inspection, robotic welding applications, occupational safety, and project supervision and management. Competencies related to critical thinking skills in AWC General Education focus areas are embedded.

Program Description:
This program provides courses in the industrial manufacturing technology subject areas as well as required general education courses to prepare students to transfer to a university.

Industrial Water Treatment CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate extensive knowledge in industrial water treatment that will prepare them to obtain advancement within the field.

Program Description:
A self-contained program designed to meet the very specific needs and requirements for the certification process associated with Industrial Water Treatment.

Industrial Water Treatment A.A.S.

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate extensive knowledge in industrial water treatment that will prepare them to obtain advancement within the field.

Program Description:
A self-contained program designed to meet the specific needs and requirements for the certification process associated with Industrial Water Treatment.

Masonry CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Program is part of a contract with the Arizona Department of Corrections to offer inmates of the Arizona State Prison Complex Yuma the opportunity to obtain a vocational masonry certificate.

Program Description:
Provides inmates of the Arizona State Prison Complex Yuma with essential skills required of an entry-level employee in the masonry industry.

Plumbing A.A.S.

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge in plumbing that will prepare them to obtain an entry-level position within the field and critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
Provides the student with the essential skills required of an entry-level employee in the plumbing industry. Program curriculum is aligned with National Center for Construction Education Research standardized national skills standards for the construction trades.

Plumbing STEM Emphasis A.A.S.

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate increased knowledge and ability in subjects related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) through completion of courses as part of the AGEC (Arizona General Education Curriculum); as well as basic knowledge in plumbing that will prepare them to obtain an entry-level position within the field and critical thinking skills in AWC?s General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
This program provides courses in the plumbing and technical subject areas as well as the required general education courses to prepare students to transfer to a university. Students should work closely with an Academic Advisor regarding the requirements at a specific four-year institution.

Plumbing Technology CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge in Plumbing that will prepare them to obtain an entry-level position within the field and critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
Provides the student with the essential skills required of an entry-level employee in the Plumbing industry. Program curriculum is aligned with National Center for Construction Education Research standardized national skills standards for the construction trades.

Solar Panel Installation Level 1 CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge in the installation of both residential and commercial photovoltaic panels preparing them to sit for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) PV Entry Level Examination.

Program Description:
Students enrolled in this program using a nationally developed curriculum will develop knowledge and skills to successfully install photovoltaic panels. The student will gain a basic understanding of electrical theory, wiring to proper code requirements, proper safety and panel mounting, panel positioning and tie-in to the commercial grid. Students will have the skills necessary to enter the workforce as an entry level solar panel installer.

Solar Photovoltaic Installation A.A.S.

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate 1) basic knowledge in the installation of both residential and commercial photovoltaic panels preparing them to sit for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) PV Entry Level Examination. 2) competency in communication, critical thinking, quantitative analysis and technological applications prepare the student for career opportunities in the manufacturing industry with an emphasis on plant electrical operations and solar technology.

Program Description:
Students enrolled in this program using a nationally developed curriculum will develop knowledge and skills to successfully install photovoltaic panels. The student will gain a basic understanding of electrical theory, wiring to proper code requirements, proper safety and panel mounting, panel positioning and tie-in to the commercial grid. Students will have the skills necessary to enter the workforce as an entry level solar panel installer.

Solar Photovoltaic Installation STEM Emphasis A.A.S.

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate increased knowledge and ability in subjects related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) through completion of courses as part of the AGEC (Arizona General Education Curriculum); as well as 1) basic knowledge in the installation of both residential and commercial photovoltaic panels preparing them to sit for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) PV Entry Level Examination. 2) competency in communication, critical thinking, quantitative analysis and technological applications prepare the student for career opportunities in the manufacturing industry with an emphasis on plant electrical operations and solar technology.

Program Description:
This program provides courses in the electrical and photovoltaic subject areas as well as the required general education courses to prepare students to transfer to a university. Students should work closely with an Academic Advisor regarding the requirements at a specific four-year institution.

Welding CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge in welding that will prepare them to obtain an entry-level position within the field.

Program Description:
In industrial manufacturing, the practice of joining and severing metals is a science and an art which requires combined knowledge and skills in a variety of industrial/technical fields. The welding faculty offers a selection of technology courses and programs that prepare the individual for entry level in a welding career. The curriculum offers a variety of ways in which students can realize their training and educational goals. Student needs are matched with the appropriate sequence of course work within one of the following: specialized single course, the certificate program, or the A.A.S. program. The content and instruction within welding centers on the “traditional” welding processes and practices of oxyacetylene welding and cutting, shielded metal arc (stick), gas tungsten arc (Tig-Heliarc), gas metal arc (MIG), as well as the “non-traditional” processes of plasma arc, resistance welding, fluxed core arc, submerged arc, and electron beam. Participation in, and completion of, the different sequences of instruction within the welding department prepares the individual for a rewarding career in metal fabrication, maintenance, education, supervision, sales and service, as well as many other opportunities associated with welding technology.

Welding A.A.S.

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in welding that will prepare them to obtain an entry-level position within the field and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
In industrial manufacturing, the practice of joining and severing metals is a science and an art which requires combined knowledge and skills in a variety of industrial/technical fields. The welding faculty offers a selection of technology courses and programs that prepare the individual for entry level in a welding career. The curriculum offers a variety of ways in which students can realize their training and educational goals. Student needs are matched with the appropriate sequence of course work within one of the following: specialized single course, the certificate program, or the A.A.S. program. The content and instruction within welding centers on the “traditional” welding processes and practices of oxyacetylene welding and cutting, shielded metal arc (stick), gas tungsten arc (Tig-Heliarc), gas metal arc (MIG), as well as the “non-traditional” processes of plasma arc, resistance welding, fluxed core arc, submerged arc, and electron beam. Participation in, and completion of, the different sequences of instruction within the welding department prepares the individual for a rewarding career in metal fabrication, maintenance, education, supervision, sales and service, as well as many other opportunities associated with welding technology.

Welding Certificate of Proficiency GMAW FCAW Plate CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate skills in Gas Metal Arc Welding and Flux Core Arc Welding which will prepare them to obtain an entry level position in the field.

Program Description:
Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in the welding field required of an entry level employee in the industry and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Welding Certificate of Proficiency SMAW CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate skills in Shielded Metal Arc Welding which will prepare them to obtain an entry level position in the field.

Program Description:
Graduates will demonstrate skills in (1) basic knowledge in the welding field required of an entry level employee in the industry and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Welding Entry Level 1 CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate skills necessary to obtain entry level welding certification.

Program Description:
Provides students opportunity to develop entry level skills for certification and employment in welding.

Welding Technology STEM Emphasis A.A.S.

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree


Program Purpose:
In industrial manufacturing, the practice of joining and severing metals is a science and an art which requires combined knowledge and skills in a variety of industrial/technical fields. This program will prepare the individual for entry level in a welding career. Student are instructed on the traditional welding processes and practices of oxyacetylene welding and cutting, shielded metal arc (stick), gas tungsten arc (Tig-Heliarc), gas metal arc (MIG), as well as the non-traditional processes of plasma arc, resistance welding, fluxed core arc, submerged arc, and electron beam. Participation in, and completion of, the different sequences of instruction within the welding department prepares the individual for a rewarding career in metal fabrication, maintenance, education, supervision, sales and service, as well as many other opportunities associated with welding technology.

Program Description:
This program provides courses in the welding and technical subject areas as well as the required general education courses to prepare students to transfer to a university.