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Associate of Arts & Sciences (College Transfer Programs)

These programs, leading to the Associate in Arts and Sciences Degree, are merely guides for students. These outlines suggest a sequence in which the various courses may be taken. Students may select their own courses and sequences, but should adhere to the requirements for graduation. Courses are generally scheduled each semester based on the sequence in the suggested guide. If you are planning to obtain an AA&S Degree from SWCC and transfer to a 4 year institution with junior status, you should obtain information from the four-year college of your choice in order to determine the entrance and degree requirements. This recommendation also applies to students who may be interested in a baccalaureate degree in nursing
Review the Transfer Information page and the Virginia Wizard Transfer Planner containing the VCCS Transfer Agreements Listing .

Associate of Applied Science (Technical Programs)

Technical education programs are designed to serve students who are planning to enter their chosen vocation at the semi-professional level at the completion of a program of study, or those who plan to use the educational experiences attained to prepare for advancement in the field of present employment. Programs of study are developed with the assistance of advisory committees representing business and industry and survey information that has enabled the College to identify area manpower needs.

An increasing number of high school graduates who do not plan to enter a four-year college program can continue their education by taking a two-year college-level technical program at SWCC. Broadly defined, technical occupations are those which usually require a high degree of specialized knowledge, a broad understanding of operational procedures, and the ability to supervise the work of others. SWCC prepares students for a number of the basic positions in a particular field, and not for one specific job. Technical programs are not intended for transfer to a four-year college or university. However, increasingly, senior institutions are accepting all or part of a technical program for transfer. Students should consult carefully with the transferring institution regarding technical programs if they wish to gain transfer credit.

Certificate Programs

Certificate Programs are designed to prepare skilled craftsmen to meet the needs created by technological advancement.

Certificate programs are designed to provide related areas of study which equip students with the ability to develop an understanding of the American free enterprise system , and an appreciation for a broader social outlook.

The Certificates are designed to prepare students for initial employment, retraining for new skills, or for advancement within a given vocation. Most certificate programs at the College are one year in length. However, any one of the certificate curricula may be pursued on a part-time basis with the understanding that it will require more than one year to complete the program.

Career Studies Certificates

The length of CSC programs is variable (contain 29, or fewer, credits).

The Career Studies Certificate is in response to the non-conventional short-term program of study needs of many adults in our service region for an award which provides for upgrading, re-training, and investigating career possibilities.

Student must meet general admission requirements established by the College as well as program specific requirements as outlined in the Program Brochures for specific programs.

Students and prospective students may find the information resources of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) of use in planning for college and careers. SCHEV has created an institutional profile for each Virginia public college and university, and for each independent college or university participating in the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant Program. Our profile is available here at the SCHEV profile page for Southwest Virginia Community College.

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SWCC is an open entry institution. The following pathways exist: Administration of Justice & Human Services, Business, Education, Engineering & Technology, General Studies – Transfer, Industry & Manufacturing, Science & Health Technologies.

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