General Education


General Education prepares students for life in the global community by helping them develop a core of knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential for personal and professional success.


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General Education is an essential part of occupational programming and the institution as a whole. It is the role of General Education in the Associate Degree and Technical Diploma programs to provide an educational core of knowledge that enables students to integrate their education into the context of the larger society. Classroom activities in communication, social science, mathematics, and natural science are developed in an applied, integrated curriculum to reflect real world work situations specific to program areas while also preparing students to be lifelong learners.

General Education Methods of Delivery

The General Education Division prides itself on its flexibility. Classes are offered in a variety of formats including traditional, IPTV, Accelerated Learning (ACCEL), Internet and web-enhanced. These alternative delivery systems should be selected carefully.

These courses meet several times weekly over a 17-week period. Instructors meet face-to-face with students in a traditional classroom setting.

IPTV (two-way video and audio):
Instructors meet face-to-face with students in studios both on- and off-site. Activities mirror regular classroom instruction with paperwork generally faxed between sites.

These courses generally meet four hours one evening per week for six to eight weeks. Students are expected to work in learning teams and complete a significant amount of work outside scheduled class hours. These courses were designed for working adults whose knowledge and expertise are an important part of the learning process.
Web-enhanced: Course that uses web-based technology to supplement a traditional course but does not reduce face-to-face time requirements. To be successful students should have regular access to a computer with Internet capability.

Course that blends online and face-to-face delivery to reduce a portion of the seat time required. A substantial proportion of the content is delivered online with only about one-third of class meeting time required on campus.

A course where all of the content is delivered online with no face-to-face requirement. May require an on campus or online orientation, or other campus visits (testing).

Required for Associate Degree (21-30 Credits)
Students should check with their program advisor or counselor for the specific program requirements.
The General Education core for associate degree programs consists of 6-15 additional credits from the following disciplines:

Communication – 6 credits required:
Course #    Course Title                                 Credits
801-195     Written Communication                 3
801-196     Oral/Interpersonal Communication     3
801-197     Technical Reporting                        3
(Pre-requisite: Written Communication)
801-198     Speech 3
(May be substituted for 801-196)
Social Science – 3 credits required:
809-103 Thinking Critically and Creatively 3
809-166 Introduction to Ethics: Theory and App 3
809-172 Race, Ethnic and Diversity Studies 3
809-174 Social Problems 3
809-195 Economics 3
809-196 Introduction to Sociology 3
Behavioral Science – 3 credits required:
809-159 Abnormal Psychology 3
809-198 Introduction to Psychology 3
809-199 Psychology of Human Relations 3
809-188 Developmental Psychology 3
809-199 Psychology of Human Relations 3
Math and/or Science - 3 credits required
(Check with your program advisor or counselor for the specific program requirements.)

Electives - 0-6 credits required.
(Check with your program advisor or counselor for the specific program requirements.)

Technical Diploma and Certificate programs also require certain General Education courses to fulfill program requirements. It is important for students to determine the General Education requirements for their particular programs.