Career and Technical Education Programs

Note: Probable Completion Time as listed on the following Career and Technical Education Programs is the shortest possible time required to complete that specific program. However, completion time is dependent upon the course offerings of the College and the enrollment status of the student. Probable completion times do not in any way obligate the College to offer a program on a full-time basis.

Associate in Applied Science Degree

An Associate in Applied Science Degree is awarded to students who complete requirements in specific Career and Technical Education Programs.

  1. Complete the Core Curriculum requirements and a minimum of sixty (60) semester hours.
  2. Satisfactorily complete at least twenty-five (25%) percent of college-level courses required for the certificate or degree in residence at Vernon College.
  3. Satisfactorily complete at least twelve (12) hours of sophomore-level courses.

Certificate of Completion

Certificate Programs are designed for entry-level employment or for upgrading skills and knowledge within an occupation. Certificate programs serve as building blocks and exit points within AAS degree programs. Level One Certificates consist of at least 15 and no more than 42 semester credit hours. Level one certificate programs are exempt from the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative, but certificate programs may perform local assessment and remediation of students, provided that these activities do not exclude the student from enrollment in the certificate program. Level Two Certificates consist of at least 30 and no more than 51 semester credit hours. Level two Certificates are subject to the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative.

Continuing Education Certificate of Achievement

Continuing Education certificate of achievement is a Coordinating Board-approved Career and Technical Education certificate containing a coherent sequence of continuing education courses totaling 360 or more contact hours and listed in the college’s approved inventory of programs.