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Arts, Humanities, & Communication

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.

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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.

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English-Language Proficiency Certificate for Non-Native English Speakers CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
To expand academic English skills in Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing as well as learn the necessary skills to take the TOEFL iBT test. 

Program Description:
To expand academic English skills in Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing as well as learn the necessary skills to take the TOEFL iBT test. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Beginning Video Game Design CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
The purpose of this program is to provide students, interested in video game design and technology, the opportunity to get a certificate to enter the workforce with the skills needed to create and design a video game.

Program Description:
Provides graduates with the entry level skills needed for a specialized career in the video game design industry.  

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Bookkeeping CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Provide graduates an opportunity to gain entry-level employment in various accounting positions within the Colorado River Indian Tribe.

Program Description:
An occupational certificate for individuals employed in the accounting industry seeking additional education. Graduates will be employed in entry level accounting positions.

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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: Customer Service Management, Entrepreneurship, Financial Investments, General Business, Logistics, Management, and Marketing.

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Business Administrative Services CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge in office administrative services that will prepare them to 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. Individuals who successfully complete this program may secure entry-level positions such as front office clerk, cashier, teller, or hospital admitting clerk.  


Cloud Architecting CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Prepare students for AWC Certified Solutions Architect-Associate certification.

Program Description:
To prepare students to design patterns for architecting optimal IT solutions on AWS as well as troubleshooting AWS strategies and services.

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Cloud Foundations CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
To prepare students for AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Certification.

Program Description:
Provides students with the fundamentals of building IT infrastructure on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Optimizing the use of AWS Cloud through the development of an understanding of AWS services, best practices, and how they fit into cloud-based solutions.

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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.

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Computer Information Systems 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.

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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.

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Google IT-AWS Joint Certificate CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
To provide students with an education in AWS cloud services, customer service, troubleshooting skills, and systems administration that will enable them to gain employment in IT. 

Program Description:
This certificate is designed to provide CTED learners with a working knowledge in troubleshooting, customer service, networking, operating systems, system administration, security, the fundamentals of building IT infrastructure on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and optimizing the use of AWS Cloud and how they fit into cloud-based solutions.

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Informatics A.A.S.

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree


This degree can lead to a locally obtained Bachelor Degree.

Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge in Informatics that will prepare them for careers supporting scientific research through interfacing devices and providing database management of research materials and data. This major would be tied to an appropriate minor to give background for the specific field supported. They will also demonstrate critical thinking skills in AWC's General Education focus areas.

Program Description:
This degree focuses on computers, computing problems and solutions, and applications to a variety of database situations, preparing the student for jobs, such as Research Analyst, Information Specialist, Clinical Informatics, Technical Support Engineer, and Business Systems Analyst. The education and training will allow the students to enter the field at the entry-level position and, in some cases, mid-level positions in the field.

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Informatics- System Administration CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Provides graduates with the essential skills required of an entry-level employee in information systems.

Program Description:
Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge in information systems.

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Informatics- Cyber Operations CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Provides graduates with the essential skills required of an entry-level employee in information systems.

Program Description:
Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge in information security.

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Informatics- Digital Design CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Provides graduates with the essential skills required of an entry-level employee in information systems.

Program Description:
Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge in digital design.

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Informatics- Software Development/Information Management CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Provides graduates with the essential skills required of an entry-level employee in information systems.

Program Description:
Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge in information management and software development.

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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.

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Organizational Leadership CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


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

Program Description:
For students whose personal interests and needs are to enhance their leadership skills in a workplace environment. The certificate is to assist students to appreciate and explore diversity within the workplace. Individuals who successfully complete this certificate will have a deeper understanding of leadership skills to be utilized in any kind of organizational setting. Also, provides an opportunity to learn how to engage with people to make leadership decisions in a variety of situations in a changing business world. This program may assist graduates in acquiring entry-level positions or for employees currently working in or aspiring to work in supervisory levels or entry managerial training positions


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.

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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.

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Professional IT Support CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


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

Program Description:
Provide learners with a working knowledge in troubleshooting, customer service, networking, operating systems, system administration and security.


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.

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Video Game Art Design CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
This certificate would be a stackable certificate which provides additional gaming design/developmental knowledge to the Beginning Video Game Design Certificate.

Program Description:
Provides graduates with the entry level skill needed for a career in video game art design. Students are familiarized with 2D and 3D animation, as well as, 3D character design. This certification expands on the skills learned in the Beginning Video Game Design certificate.

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Video Game Software Development CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
This certificate would be a stackable certificate which provides additional gaming design/developmental knowledge to the Beginning Video Game Design Certificate.

Program Description:
Provides graduates with the entry level skill needed for a career in video game software development. Students are familiarized with object oriented programming and either Java or Python development language. This certification expands on the skills learned in the Beginning Video Game Design certificate.

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Video Game Sound Engineering CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Create new certificate (stackable) which provides additional gaming design/developmental knowledge to the Beginning Video Game Design Certificate. 

Program Description:
Provides graduates with the entry level skill needed for a career in Video Game Sound Engineering. Students are familiarized with studio recording techniques and electronic music composition. This certification expands on the skills learning in the Beginning Video Game Design certificate.

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Video Game Story Development CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
This certificate would be a stackable certificate which provides additional gaming design/developmental knowledge to the Beginning Video Game Design Certificate.

Program Description:
Provides graduates with the entry level skill needed for a career in video game story development. Students are familiarized with the techniques for creating impactful stories. This certification expands on the skills learned in the Beginning Video Game Design certificate.

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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.

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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.


Family Childcare Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge of family childcare education that will prepare them to obtain an entry level position within the field and become eligible to sit for the National CDA exam.

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.


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.

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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.


Infant-Toddler Center-Based Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential 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 Centered-Based Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential 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.


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

Advanced Detention Officer Training CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate an advanced level of knowledge and skills in corrections to help their obtain employment and or a promotion within their field.

Program Description:
This program is an advanced course of study in correctional operations, to include ethics and professionalism, correctional law, courtroom and correctional facility security, crime scene management, conflict and crisis management, leadership and management, prisoner classification, special populations, restraint procedures and devices, and medical and mental health issues. Applicants must meet program acceptance requirements.

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Basic Public Safety Dispatch CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
The Public Safety Dispatchers' Basic Certificate introduces the necessary skills and knowledge to work in a law enforcement communications center in a productive and professional manner. The course also prepares each student for the basic roles, responsibilities, and duties of a public safety dispatcher within the law enforcement agency.

Program Description:
The Public Safety Dispatcher Course exists to provide newly selected public safety dispatchers with an initial orientation and basic training. The instructional content and teachings methodologies in this course are present to better train new students in the increasingly complex role and function of the public safety dispatcher. Effective initial training is critical for public safety dispatchers to acquire the necessary skills, knowledge, and abilities in order to provide quality service to the public and the law enforcement agencies they serve. Introduces new dispatchers to the basic requirements of their jobs and meets the requirements of Post mandated training for entry level dispatchers. Law Enforcement Certifications include (ACJIS [dependent on agency appointment], CPR, APCO, EMD, NIMS).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Detention Officer Training CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


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

Program Description:
This program is an introduction to correctional operations: ethics and professionalism, communication, custody and control, conflict and crisis management, problem solving, officer integrity, hostage survival, riot control measures, defensive tactics, CPR/AED for first responders, medical and mental health issues, and field experience. Applicants must meet program acceptance requirements.

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Emergency and Disaster Management CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
To provide students with the basic understanding of Emergency and Disaster Management. Orient students to the four principles in which emergency management functions. Develop the understanding of what it requires to be successful in Public Safety.

Program Description:
Students will learn the concepts of Emergency and Disaster Management: preparation, response, recovery and mitigation, and the National Incident Management System which is the process the US operates in times of disaster and national events. The concepts will be reinforced through practical applications, exercises and scenario based teaching. Students will also be assigned to internship programs to gain experience and network with disaster specialists.

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Emergency and Disaster Management A.A.S.

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree


Program Purpose:
To provide students with the basic understanding of Emergency and Disaster Management. Orient students to the four principles in which emergency management functions. Develop the understanding of what it requires to be successful in Public Safety.

Program Description:
Students will learn the concepts of Emergency and Disaster Management: preparation, response, recovery and mitigation, and the National Incident Management System which is the process the US operates in times of disaster and national events. The concepts will be reinforced through practical applications, exercises and scenario based teaching. Students will also be assigned to internship programs to gain experience and network with disaster specialists.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Health Care Aide CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Prepares student for national exam and direct employment as a Health Care Aide with both the front and back office skills. 

Program Description:
Prepares student for national exam and direct employment as a Health Care Aide with both the front and back office skills. 


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.

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Medical Assistant CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
This program provides an understanding of front and back office skills to prepare the student for direct employment in a medical practice setting.

Program Description:
This program provides an understanding of front and back office skills to prepare the student for direct employment in a medical practice setting.


Medical Assistant A.A.S.

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree


Program Purpose:
This program will provide students with a working knowledge of front and back office skills to prepare the student for direct employment in a medical practice setting. Student will be prepared for national credentialing exam.

Program Description:
This program will provide students with a working knowledge of front and back office skills to prepare the student for direct employment in a medical practice setting, as well as the general education courses required for completion of Applied Associate of Science.


Medical Coding and Billing CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Prepares student for national certification and have the technical skills needed to enter the healthcare industry as an entry-level medical coder/biller.

Program Description:
Students will learn the fundamentals of medical coding and billing and are prepared to take the Certified Professional Coder (CPC?) exam from the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). Program topics include medical terminology; anatomy and physiology; introduction to computer systems; computer applications in healthcare technologies; health information management systems; reimbursement cycle management process; insurance plans; health law; HIPAA; diagnostic and procedural coding; coding compliance and auditing; physician and hospital billing; Medicare, Medicaid, and TRICARE. Students receive training on ICD-10-CM/PCS, CPT, and HCPCS code assignment.

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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.

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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


Personal Fitness Trainer 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.

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Phlebotomy Technician CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Prepares student to have the technical skills needed to enter the healthcare industry as an entry-level phlebotomist.

Program Description:
Phlebotomy Technician program is designed to teach the knowledge in technical and procedural aspects of basic phlebotomy, including collection of blood specimens and venipuncture required to become a Phlebotomy technician. The Phlebotomy Technician program includes theory and hands-on instruction. 

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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.

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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 Registered Technologists (ARRT) allowing successful students to graduate with expertise at the entry level in the field of Radiologic Technology and 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.

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Science, Agriculture, Engineering & Math

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.

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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.

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Crop Management CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Industry has been asking for a hybrid/online program to help students interested in becoming a Pest Control Advisor. This certificate meets nearly all mandatory course requirements with the state.

Program Description:
Students preparing for an entry level position in crop production or continuing their education for pest control advisor requirements will find the necessary courses.


Crop Management CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Industry has been asking for a hybrid/online program to help students interested in becoming a Pest Control Advisor. This certificate meets nearly all mandatory course requirements with the state

Program Description:
Students preparing for an entry level position in crop production or continuing their education for pest control advisor requirements will find the the necessary courses.


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.

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Social & Behavioral Sciences

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.

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Technology, Trades & Food Science

Advanced Manufacturing CAD-CAM CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
To learn drafting techniques using Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) and Solid Works software.

Program Description:
Students will gain understanding and skill in the use of CAD related platforms such as AutoCAD, Solidworks applications for creation of parts drawings, designs, and parametric modeling for use in 3D printing applications associated with computer aided manufacturing for CNC Milling operations.


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.

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Air Conditioning STEM Emphasis A.A.S.

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree


This degree can lead to a locally obtained Bachelor 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.


Automation CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate (1) understanding of electricity both AC and DC, (2) principles and applications of control circuits and (3) the skills and knowledge in the architecture and programming of the programmable logic controllers (PLC) and how to troubleshoot them.

Program Description:
The program will take the student from basic electrical theory to alternating and direct current circuits , control circuits utilizing relay logic and advancing to the operation, programming and troubleshooting of the programmable logic controllers. Upon completion the student will be ready for entry level position in the automated manufacturing field.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Automotive Techology STEM Emphasis A.A.S.

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree


This degree can lead to a locally obtained Bachelor 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.

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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.

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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.

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Basic Manufacturing CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate a basic knowledge in machine/industrial valves and pumps that will prepare them to obtain an entry-level position within the manufacturing field.

Program Description:
Provides graduates with the essential skills required of an entry-level worker to maintain, repair or replace industrial valves and pumps in the commercial industry setting.


Basic Manufacturing CAD-CAM CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
To teach the student the basic principles and operative skills to set up and operate CNC milling machines and lathes.

Program Description:
The course of study will provide students with experiential learning leading to a basic understanding of the preparation, principles and standards used in Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) along with the fundamental operative skills associated with Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) and the use of CNC Milling machines.


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.

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Basic Power Generation CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge in the use of power generators in the manufacturing field.

Program Description:
Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge in the selection, installation, operation and maintenance of generators, including how to isolate and repair minor generator problems


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.

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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.

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Carpentry STEM Emphasis A.A.S.

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree


This degree can lead to a locally obtained Bachelor 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.

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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.

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Construction Trades Management STEM Emphasis A.A.S.

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree


This degree can lead to a locally obtained Bachelor 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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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).

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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).

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Drafting CAD Technology STEM Emphasis A.A.S.

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree


This degree can lead to a locally obtained Bachelor 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.

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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.

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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.

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Electrical Technology Apprenticeship CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Four-year apprenticeship program built to provide hands-on experience on a job while learning about the trade in school. The program prepares you to become a Journeyman Electrician.  

Program Description:
Prepares students for a journeyman level entrance into the electrical 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 STEM Emphasis A.A.S.

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree


This degree can lead to a locally obtained Bachelor 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.

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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.

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Geospatial Technologies Technician CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
 To develop a sustainable program that will prepare post-secondary students for successful employment in the rapidly growing geospatial workforce as well as create additional educational opportunities for persons with existing training and experience in the geospatial technology field. Instructors teaching for the program will work directly in the professions of Geospatial Technology. We have a state of the art lab with new computers, update-to-date GIS software, and a new GIS network station for student use.

Program Description:
Geographic Information Science (GIS) is a discipline that endeavors to spatially analyze, study, and critically research aspects of our world with the use of innovative tools and techniques that organize and display large amounts of site specific data. The certificate program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to develop and manage geospatial technology projects and to implement GIS as a dynamic system for decision making and establishment of policies. The GIS program is designed for three major cohort of students: 1) Students seeking an entry level technical position in GIS; 2) Continuing students seeking training in GIS and geospatial technology for their specific discipline; 3) Working professionals seeking GIS and geospatial technology training for their present job. The geospatial curriculum, with course offerings within the discipline, represent a broad cross-section of the key geospatial science sub-fields including physical, human and regional geography, as well as state-of-the-art geographic information processing methods such as digital image processing and geographic information systems. A Technician Certification is established to develop basic procedural and documentation standards for GIS systems, and the methods required in the industry.

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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.

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Industrial Technology STEM Emphasis A.A.S.

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree


This degree can lead to a locally obtained Bachelor 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.

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Manufacturing CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate the knowledge of marketable skills in many areas of the high-tech manufacturing field.  

Program Description:
This certificate is comprised of six stackable certificates*: Basic Manufacturing, Basic Manufacturing CAD, Advanced Manufacturing CAD, Basic Power Generation, Electrical for Manufacturing, and Manufacturing-Automation for Metals Joining and Severing Processes and one additional course. Students who complete the six stackable certificates and this certificate will also earn an OSHA-10 Construction Safety Card or an OSHA-30 Construction Safety Card and NCCER certification in demonstrated skills. 

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Manufacturing A.A.S.

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate the knowledge of marketable skills in many areas of the high-tech manufacturing field.  

Program Description:
Students will learn automated manufacturing processes that involve up-to-date technologies to improve production of products from the design to manufacturing stages. This program allows AWC students the opportunity for specialization in the following stackable certificates: American Welding Society (AWS) Certificate, National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), OSHA-30 Construction Safety Card, Drafting, CNC Certificates: Basic Machining and Advanced Machining, Motor Controls, Advanced Motor Controls, and Power Generation  


Manufacturing-Automation for Metals Joining and Severing Processes CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate fundamental quality control, inspection, basic tool operations, use of an oxy-fuel torch, and welding processes applicable to manufacturing plant maintenance and repairs.

Program Description:
This certificate will provide graduates with the knowledge and skills to engage in quality control, inspections, basic tool operations, use of an oxy-fuel torch, and welding processes applicable to manufacturing plant maintenance and repairs.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Small Unmanned Aerial Systems CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
This certificate is designed to prepare students to enter the Unmanned Aircraft Technology field. The required course work provides the students with the skills to manage and plan flight operations. Students demonstrate the ability to collect and process imagery data for analysis. Students also develop skills that they can apply in multiple applications including agriculture, natural and cultural resources management, emergency response, aerial videography and photography.

Program Description:
A certificate program to prepare students for careers in the field of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). The operations of UAS have a variety of research and commercial uses, with rapid growth and continually evolving applications. A flexible curriculum has been carefully designed to permit either an in-depth or cross-disciplinary approach to the study of geospatial science and aviation, maximizing a student's ability to design his/her academic program beyond the core disciplinary requirements of a degree program. The UAS program emphasizes remote observation with aviation fundamentals and complete knowledge on aviation safety and FAA regulations. The Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) concentration prepares students for careers in the rapidly growing area of UAS, including operations, remote sensing, data collection and analysis.

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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.

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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.

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Solar Photovoltaic Installation STEM Emphasis A.A.S.

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree


This degree can lead to a locally obtained Bachelor 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Welding for Manufacturing- Basic CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge in welding that will prepare them to obtain an entry level position in the manufacturing 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 for Manufacturing-Advanced CERT

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Program Purpose:
Graduates will demonstrate fundamental quality control, inspection, basic tool operations, use of an oxy-fuel torch, and welding processes applicable to manufacturing plant maintenance and repairs.

Program Description:
Graduates will demonstrate fundamentals of materials science, metallurgy; safety and the fundamentals of welding project management, creation of bills of materials and use of blueprints for project production; the fundamentals of Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW) welding process for carbons steel for fabrication and repairs; the fundamentals of Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) welding process for carbons steel, aluminum, and stainless steel for fabrication and repairs; and the fundamentals of welding design and fabrication applicable to manufacturing, fabrication, and repairs.

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Welding Technology STEM Emphasis A.A.S.

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree


This degree can lead to a locally obtained Bachelor 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.

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