General Education Competencies
All associate degree programs at the College contain a basic core of general education courses that require a minimum of fifteen semester hours. Each associate degree program contains a minimum of one course in English, one course in communication and at least one three semester hour course from each of the following areas: humanities/fine arts; social/behavioral sciences and natural sciences/mathematics. The general education core courses prepare students for life-long learning in pursuit of professional and personal development. These courses provide the foundation for students to increase their ability to express themselves effectively in oral and written communications and to apply logical, creative and analytical thinking to a range of learning experiences. Core general education competencies for all associate degree graduates are outlined below. See Courses.
- Computer Literacy: Students will demonstrate proficiency in the use of computer technology in the integration of microcomputer applications software including word processing, data bases, spreadsheets, graphs, presentation methodologies and applications specific to their discipline of study.
- Mathematics: Students will use appropriate mathematical skills for the purpose of solving practical problems as well as discipline specific math problems.
- Oral and Written Communications: Students will deliver information in a clear and effective manner, demonstrate effective listening skills in communication with others, target the information presented to the audience's needs, and use media to support presentations. Additionally, they will produce unified, coherent, well-developed written communication using standard written English.
- Reading: Students will apply critical reading strategies to evaluate, interpret and analyze academic, technical, and other professional readings.
- Applied Technology: Students will be able to apply general technology as well as discipline-specific technology at the entry job level within their chosen field of study.
- Problem-Solving Skills: Students will be able to demonstrate effective problem-solving skills in practical situations as well as in their specific career field.