Career Programs- Associate of Applied Science Degree
Pellissippi State offers several programs that prepare students for business and technical careers. These programs are designed for the student whose primary educational goal is entry-level employment or career advancement. The placement rate for graduates of Career Programs is consistently above 90 percent. The College's Career Programs are continually revised to reflect the changes in the skills and knowledge graduates need to be successful in responsible positions in business and industry. These degree programs are not designed for transfer to baccalaureate institutions. However, the general education courses typically transfer to most four-year colleges and universities, and several of the programs are fully transferable.
The degree earned is the Associate of Applied Science. All Associate of Applied Science degree programs offered at Pellissippi State require a minimum of 60 semester hours.
Career Programs Guarantee
The Job Competency Guarantee Program
The faculty of Pellissippi State guarantee that any graduate with an Associate of Applied Science degree judged by his/her employer as lacking in the technical job skills expected of an entry-level employee will be provided additional courses (up to 15 semester hours) by Pellissippi State at no charge.
The graduate must have earned an A.A.S. degree in June 1988 or thereafter in the area of concentration designated on the student transcript. The student must have earned at least a C in all major courses of study.
The employment must be full time, and the job must be certified by the Placement Office as directly related to the graduate's program of study. Initial date of employment of the graduate must be within one year of completion of program requirements.
The employer must provide Pellissippi State written notification that the employee is lacking the entry-level knowledge and skills identified at the time of initial employment and must specify the area(s) of deficiency within 90 days of the graduate’s initial employment.
Affective behaviors, such as attitude, judgment and interpersonal relations, will be considered job competencies for purposes of the guarantee, provided that formal instruction in appropriate affective behaviors is included within the specialty area.
The Retraining Guarantee
Skill retraining will be limited to 15 semester credit hours and to enrollment in credit courses regularly offered by Pellissippi State. The skill retraining must be completed in one academic year.
The employer, the graduate and a college counselor, with the advice of appropriate teaching faculty, will develop an educational plan that specifies the course(s) constituting the 15 credit hours of retraining. The graduate must meet all prerequisites,corequisites and other admission requirements for retraining courses. Failure, withdrawal or audit of a retraining course(s) is creditable to the 15 credit hour limit.
Pellissippi State will waive tuition and fees. The graduate or the employer will bear the costs of books and supplies, as well as other related costs.
Regents Online Degree Programs
The Tennessee Board of Regents colleges and universities have joined together in offering Regents Online Degree Programs. Courses completed in RODP are entirely online and are completely transferable among all the participating institutions that are accredited. Students are able to choose the college or university that will award their degree. All 13 TBR two-year colleges deliver and award associate's degrees, and all six TBR universities deliver and award bachelor's degrees. (more)
Career Program Options
Information is provided in this section for each of the following Career Programs majors and concentrations:
Administrative Professional Technology