Career Education Mission Statement
Delta College's Career Education Programs provide core knowledge, skills and learning experiences that prepare students for successful entry and advancement in careers, baccalaureate institutions, and global opportunities.
Many educational programs offered at Delta College are designed to prepare you for immediate employment in the job market. The career education curricula provides you with the necessary skills and knowledge required for entry-level positions in career fields. In addition, most programs are diversified sufficiently to create some social and economic awareness. Attending full time, you can complete most certificate programs in one year and the majority of associate degree programs in two years.
Most career education programs are not specifically designed for transfer purposes to baccalaureate degree-granting institutions. Transfer of all credits earned should not be expected.
In some programs, credits earned in career education programs may be transferable into a baccalaureate degree program at a four-year college or university; however, these programs are not designed specifically to parallel the first two years of university study. You should consult with your Delta counselor and the Admissions Office of the college or university into which you wish to transfer.
Terms Used in Relation to Programs
Certificate: A certificate is awarded for the completion of various career education curricula. Most certificates prepare you for specific jobs or aspects of a job. Some certificates are part of an associate degree program, in which case the credit earned in the certificate may be used toward the associate degree.
Certificate of Completion (C) - less than 6 credits
Certificate of Achievement (Z) - 6 to 23 credits
Advanced Certificate (A) - 24 or more credits
Post Associate Certificate (P) - beyond associate’s level with 6 or more credits.
Applied Associate Degree: The degree is broader in scope than the Certificate and includes a varying number of general education and support courses.
AAS - Associate in Applied Science
AAA - Associate in Applied Arts
ABS - Associate in Business Studies
AFA - Associate in Fine Arts
DE (Dual Degree)-AAS & ABS
Electives: These are courses applicable toward a degree or certificate which may be chosen to meet your individual interests and needs.