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Academic Program Requirements

Whether you are seeking personal enrichment, preparing to transfer to a four-year school or expanding your career skill base, CCAC has services and resources available to help. Almost all of the college's academic programs may be started at any of the four campuses or college centers, but specific courses required in a program may be offered at only one of the college campuses.


Many of the programs at CCAC have a certificate/diploma option. Credit values associated with certificate and diploma awards vary from 15 to approximately 30 credits and can be completed in four to 12 months of full-time study (longer for part-time students). The credits that students earn to receive a certificate award can often be used toward an associate degree in the same program. Many certificate and diploma programs also appeal to students with previous degrees who wish to acquire new employment skills.

Associate Degree

Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees include specific coursework along with a core of general education courses. Associate degrees require at least 60 credits and take 15-24 months of full-time study. Students who plan to enter full-time employment after attending CCAC should select a career program from among those listed under the following areas: arts & humanities; business; education, social & behavioral sciences & human services; health; science, technology, engineering & mathematics; and trades. The program chosen will determine the required courses taken at CCAC. With the knowledge and skills from these courses, after graduation, students are better able to begin their first job.

What to Expect From Your Educational Plan

College graduates should have an awareness of the world around them, as well as general knowledge and skills in specific areas. The CCAC learning environment is designed to provide students with experiences necessary to explore critical areas of knowledge. Some of these areas are listed below.

  • The Arts: The arts (art, dance, music and theatre) engage the imagination, foster new ideas, help develop discipline and build self-confidence.
  • Computer Competency: Computer literacy is an important tool for acquiring and organizing knowledge and problem solving.
  • English: Competence in English helps individuals communicate attitudes and ideas while expanding thoughts and imagination.
  • Foreign Language: The study of a foreign language promotes greater awareness of cultural variety and improves communication with people from other countries.
  • History: Knowledge of the past provides a basis for understanding our present and making assumptions about the future.
  • The Humanities: Humanities promote an understanding of societal values and an appreciation of their expression through art, language, literature, music, philosophy, speech and theatre.
  • Mathematics: Mathematics is the indispensable language of science, technology, business and finance. Students need a knowledge of algebra, geometry and functions to succeed in most fields.
  • The Sciences: College students must study the sciences in order to function effectively in a society shaped by rapid technological change.
  • The Social Sciences: Problem solving requires the analytical skills learned in the social sciences. Preparation in anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology and sociology helps individuals function more effectively on a personal level and in our modern technological society.