Hands-On Learning for Technical Careers
The Manufacturing, Automotive, Construction & Design Technologies Community provides hands-on, practical education for students interested in technical careers, and prepares them to fill the rising need for skilled trades in: automotive, architectural engineering and construction, drafting and interior design, machining, manufacturing, heating and air conditioning and welding.
In this community, you will get classroom instruction combined with hands-on lab experiences working with the most current equipment and technology. With a degree or certificate from these programs, you will find opportunities in various industries and trades.
About Credits and Semesters
- 1 credit = 1 class hour per week
- Part time enrollment = 6-11 credits per semester
- Full time enrollment = 12+ credits per semester (15 credits is recommended)
- For each hour in class, plan on 2 hours of study outside class
Example: For an Associate of Arts degree (60+ credits), if you take 15 credits each semester, you will complete the degree in 4-5 semesters.
15 credits = 15 class hours per week + 30 hours of study outside of class.
Levels of Education
My Academic Plans (MAPs) help guide you toward completing your degree or certificate. When you take classes in the order recommended on the academic plan and based on your schedule, you will save time and money. See MAPs.
You will be assigned to a Pathways Advisor who is knowledgeable in the community’s fields of study, and is an important part of your success helping you reach your academic goals. The first time you meet your advisor will be at the required New Student Orientation.