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Tompkins Cortland to Add New Degree Programs: Applied Science and Technology (A.A.S.) and Human Services (A.S.)

May 14, 2015

The Tompkins Cortland Community College Board of Trustees has approved two new degree programs: Applied Science and Technology (A.A.S.) and Human Services (A.S.). Both have been sent to SUNY and the New York State Education department for final approval. The plan is to begin enrolling students in each program for the fall 2015 semester.

Applied Science and Technology (A.A.S.)

The Applied Science and Technology Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree program is designed to give students the technical skills high-tech employers in our area need, right now.

Students in the program will learn the foundational STEM and problem-solving skills that make them an in-demand, immediately employable technician with knowledge in science, technology, and math.

This program is ideal for veterans, workers eligible for Trade Adjustment Assistance, adult students, employees looking to upgrade skills, and past or present manufacturing employees.

Career Opportunities

Companies are looking for the STEM skills this program provides.

"We hear a lot about STEM fields and the importance of students pursuing STEM education, and there’s a good reason: That skillset – math, applied technology, problem-solving – is essential for personal and business success in today's environment. It's no longer about learning one skill and settling in for a career. It’s about learning how to learn and how to solve problems to bring value to our customers." – Christine Hannon, Director of Quality Assurance, Marietta Cortland

"The ability to adapt and learn new skills is essential in business today. Potential employees who have a strong background in mathematics and applied technology have the potential to learn, which means they can adapt and adjust when companies adapt and adjust." – Julia Mattick, Director, Tompkins County Workforce Investment Board

Human Services (A.S.)

The Human Services Associate in Science (A.S.) degree program is designed for students who plan to transfer on for a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Human Service or Social Work or a Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.)

Students in the program will complete a solid foundation in SUNY General Education requirements while also having opportunities for elective coursework in alcohol/substance abuse counseling, criminal justice, early childhood education, mental health, and the social sciences. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in one semester of field instruction to prepare for continuing education and future employment.

Transfer Opportunities

Several local and regional schools offer B.S. or B.S.W. programs, including SUNY Cortland (B.S. Human Services); Empire State College (B.S. Community and Human Services); Keuka College (B.S. Social Work); Syracuse University (B.S. Social Work); and Marywood University (B.S.W.). Other SUNY schools include SUNY Albany (B.S. Social Welfare); Buffalo State (B.S. Social Work); SUNY Fredonia (B.S. Social Work); SUNY Brockport (B.S. Social Work); SUNY Plattsburgh (B.S. Social Work); and SUNY Stony Brook (B.S. Social Welfare).