PROGRAMS OF STUDY
Okaloosa-Walton Community College offers two types of degree programs and
several certificate options, as well as adult education, high school
equivalency instruction, and non-credit continuing education. A program of
study may also be custom developed to meet the needs of an individual student.
Many of the program options are designed to provide educational ladders for
students who wish to alternate their college studies with employment or to work
while attending college.
Associate of Arts Degree
The A.A. Degree represents the first two years of the four-year bachelor's
degree and is generally referred to as the two-year transfer degree.
Completion of the A.A. Degree, which consists of 36 general education credits
and 24 college credit electives, prepares the student to continue studies at
the university level. Although the number of credits and specific courses
required for a bachelor's degree may vary across upper-division schools, the
Florida community colleges and universities enjoy an articulation agreement
which guarantees certain transfer rights for students who complete the A.A.
Degree. See the "Student Bill of Rights" and the A.A. Degree requirements later
in this section.
Associate of Science Degree
(A.S. Degree) 1
The A.S. Degree provides the student with college credit curricula not
generally intended for transfer to upper-division, but rather to prepare the
student for immediate employment. OWCC offers a number of A.S. Degree programs
in various semi-professional, technical, and managerial fields. The programs
include a minimum of 60 college credit hours, of which at least 18 are general
education courses. Students may earn multiple A.S. Degrees with the specific
program reflected on their diploma and college transcript. See the specific
A.S. Degree program requirements later in this section.
Certificate Vocational Education
OWCC offers a variety of short-term programs referred to as certificates. All
are designed to provide students will the skills necessary for entry into
employment. A College Credit (Technical) Certificate is awarded for the
completion of a program of instruction of fewer than 60 credits of
college-level courses, which are a part of any A.S. Degree program offered in
the State of Florida. Many technical certificates represent all or part of the
non-general education requirements for a specific A.S. Degree and can serve as
the first step toward completion of that degree. An Advanced Technical
Certificate is awarded for a program of instruction of between 9 and 45 credits
beyond the A.S. Degree; the advanced certificate may be issued for completion
of a specialized area of instruction which supplements the A.S. Degree. A
Vocational Certificate is awarded for the completion of the vocational credits
prescribed in a planned program of study in a specific professional, technical,
or career area. Normally, a vocational certificate is a short-term program
designed to be completed in less than a year.
Adult General Education1
OWCC offers a comprehensive program of non-credit instruction designed to
improve the employability and life skills of adult students. Courses are
offered in literacy, adult basic education, English-as-a-Second-Language, GED
preparation, basic skills review, and vocational preparatory skills.
Continuing Education and
Non-credit continuing education courses provide an opportunity to increase
occupational efficiency, to enhance leisure time, or to pursue personal
development goals. Typical subjects range from computer skills, interpersonal
relations, marketing, insurance, and supervision, to painting, gardening,
cooking, and exercise. Instruction is offered through a variety of programs,
including PRIME TIME (Positive Retirement through Imaginative Education) and
the Institute for Professional Development. Continuing Education Units (CEU's)
may be earned upon completion of certain continuing education courses. CEU's
allow individuals to accumulate, update, and transfer their records of
1At catalog press time, the
State of Florida was reviewing the nature and titles of those programs which
comprise the Florida Workforce Development Education Program. Certain program
definitions and requirements may be subject to change per the results of that
review. Questions should be directed to the Office of the Vice President for
Instruction or the Office of Technical Education and Workforce Development.
vA.A. Degree Requirements