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General Studies

Occupational Option

For those with a substantial focused occupational history, the experiential learning program allows two options for students to apply work experience and training toward an Associate of Applied Science degree. A). It is a way for students to earn course credits at Mesalands for completed on-the-job training and courses where certificates are given.

B). Experiential learning allows qualified students to improve upon a previously earned certificate and obtain an Applied Science degree. Obvious programs that may qualify for experiential learning credits are in certificate programs like Diesel Technology, Farrier Science and other similar areas of study.

Students must complete a questionnaire and a brief interview with an advisor before enrolling in this degree plan or ENG 210, the Experiential Portfolio course. Students who have had applicable training, previous vocational, or military experience may petition for college credit by submitting an Experiential Learning Portfolio. Students who Up to 18 college credits may be awarded toward the Associate of Applied Science Degree in General Studies. Credit is awarded only if appropriate experiential learning has occurred and is documented in the Experiential Learning Portfolio Handbook

Degree Requirements

AAS General Studies – Plan of Study


Gregg Howard