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Degrees

Specific information may be found on these degrees by clicking any of the degrees listed below.

You may earn more than one degree at Clatsop Community College. To be awarded an additional degree or degrees, however, you must complete at least 24 credits of coursework different from each of the previous degree(s). In addition, you must fulfill all the specified requirements for each new degree. Degrees will be awarded once you have completed the graduation petition process.

Many students attend Clatsop Community College to explore academic disciplines in preparation for transfer to a four-year college or university.  Others seek a broad general education as a foundation for specialization during their junior and senior years at a four-year institution.  For both purposes, the Associate of Arts, Oregon Transfer (AAOT) degree can further a student's seamless transfer.

Students earning the AAOT complete lower division requirements at Clatsop Community College. Once a student completes the AAOT at Clatsop you can transfer to one of Oregon's seven (7) public universities and have the AAOT degree accepted as a complete package, meaning you will have all the lower division General Education requirements for a baccalaureate degree accepted. For many students this results in being admitted with junior standing, just as if you had spent your first two years at that university - except for a much more sensible cost!

However, some departments within the Oregon University System (OUS) may require additional courses for admittance with junior standing. It is always best for students to confer with an advisor at Clatsop and with an advisor at the OUS university/department to which they expect to transfer concerning the requirements of their specific baccalaureate major.

Several Oregon private colleges also accept the AAOT quite favorably. Again, please see your faculty advisor at Clatsop for more information and guidance to make the most of your transfer to a four-year college or university once you earn your AAOT here!

Details of the requirements for the AAOT are available in the current college catalog.

Applied Science programs provide the skills and work experience you’ll need to qualify for employment. With the help of a local industry advisory committee, each program is carefully planned to meet the needs of the current job market. Instruction is provided by trained, experienced professionals, and classes are conducted in an industry-like work setting. Cooperative Work Experience in each degree provides on-the-job experience with local employers in the field.

 

Clatsop Community College offers the Associate of Applied Science in the following technical fields:

 

Additional information about each of these degrees is also available in the college catalog.

The Associate of General Studies (AGS) degree provides students flexibility in using a variety of college-level courses (generally 100-level or above) to design a two-year degree program in broad interdisciplinary areas. These courses can come from general education, academic, or collegiate-level professional-technical courses found in the college catalog to the meet Clatsop Community College’s general associate degree requirements.  

 

The AGS can be tailored to your needs and interests while maintaining high general education standards. You will work closely with an academic advisor at Clatsop in designing your individual degree plan of study, including identifying  36 credits or more from a cluster of related courses. The cluster of courses should be set as soon as possible after enrollment, but no later than the term prior to the term in which you plan to graduate.

 

The college is in the process of identifying several pre-approved clusters representing common interests or non-OUS transfer plans.  Clusters for Women's Studies and for Art have been defined.  Contact student services/admissions for details.

 

Please note: Students planning to transfer to a public four-year institution within Oregon should complete the AAOT degree, which is articulated statewide with the Oregon University System four-year colleges and universities.

The Associate of Science, Oregon Transfer Degree in Business provides you an opportunity to complete the first two years of a four-year business degree at Clatsop Community College. This degree allows you to complete all of the lower division general education requirements of Oregon University System institutions. 

 

However, some lower division course requirements must be satisfied for business programs at the Oregon University System institution.  When you identify the Oregon University System institution to which you plan to transfer, you should work closely with your academic advisor at Clatsop since each university has its unique lower division business program prerequisite requirements, including, in some cases, grade point average.

 

You should also confer with a business advisor at the university to which you intend to transfer to ensure that you are satisfying all of their requirements for admission into the business program. Clatsop Community College may not offer all of these lower division business program prerequisite requirements.

 

More information is available in the current college catalog.

The Oregon Transfer Module represents approximately half (45 credits) of an associate degree or the first year of a baccalaureate degree. Although students do not earn a degree or certificate, any student successfully completing an OTM (which conforms to the list found in the college catalog) will be able to seamlessly transfer their first year of general education requirements to any Oregon community college, Oregon University System institution or participating Oregon independent college or university.
 
 
It is the student’s responsibility to confer with the school to which they intend to transfer. The receiving institution may specify additional course work that is required for a major or for degree requirements or to make up the difference between the Transfer Module and the institution’s total General Education requirements.
Requirements for the OTM endorsement on the Clatsop Transcript are in the college's current catalog.

Certificates

The College also offers structured state-approved certificates in particular Applied Science fields. Specific requirements are listed in the program descriptions in the catalog. A certificate may not be awarded concurrently with or subsequent to a degree in the same applied science program.
 
There are different types of certificates offered at the College. They are in the following categories: 
 
  • Career Pathway: typically 12-18 credits of coursework that provides a specific subset of skills.
  • Less than One-year: less than 45 credits of coursework.
  • One-year: requires a minimum of 45 credits. 
 
At least 12 credits must be earned at Clatsop to receive any of these certificates from the College. Additionally, there are mathematics, writing, and human relations requirements for the Less than One-year, and One-year certificate programs.

Clatsop Community College offers certificate programs that provide the skills and work experience needed to qualify for employment in the designated career. With the help of a local industry advisory committee, each program is carefully planned to meet the needs of the current job market. Instruction is provided by trained, experienced professionals, and classes are conducted in an industry-like work setting.  Cooperative Work Experience for each certificate program provides on-the-job experience with local employers in the field.

 

The following Certificate of Completion programs include general education courses to assure a basic understanding of writing, mathematics, and human relations. While these courses may not be specifically intended for transfer to four-year colleges or universities, most of these general education courses are currently accepted for transfer. In most cases, the Professional/Technical courses can be transferred to other community colleges which offer similar programs. If you are planning to transfer, consult with appropriate representatives of the school you are planning to attend and with your Clatsop Community college advisor.

 

Clatsop's One-Year Certificates (at least 45 credits) include the following:

 

Certificate course requirements are found in the current college catalog.

Clatsop Community College offers several certificates of completion for course of study less than one year.  These courses of study a prepare the student for entry level employment in the field studied.

 

The courses of study for Pathways Certificates are wholly contained in a parent one-year certificate or associate of applied science degree.  Students can begin their study for the parent certificate or degree by completing the Career Pathway requirements.  At that point students are prepared to enter employment in the field if they choose to, then continue study to receive the parent recognition.

 

The college currently offers the following Career Pathways Certificates:

 

Program details are found in the current college catalog.

 

The Maritime Science Department also provides training required for United States Coast Guard licensing of maritime personnel.  For details, click here

 

Career Pathways

Career Pathways are a series of educational programs that enables individuals to gain employment advantages in a targeted occupation or industry. By completing a Career Pathways Certificate Program at Clatsop Community College, students increase their qualifications for work opportunities, and then may advance over time to successively higher levels of education and employment. 
 
Career Pathways provides avenues for career advancement for current workers, reentry into the job force for displaced workers, and opportunities for new entrants into the labor market. It creates entry points into the labor force and promotes educational attainment related to local industry needs. 

By targeting jobs of importance to the local economy, the Career Pathways Program also provides a supply of qualified workers for area employers.

Whether you’re a high school student, college student, or adult worker, you may find just what you’re looking for at Clatsop Community College in the Career Pathways Program. 

 

  • Take 4 - 9 classes (12-22 credits, depending on the Career Pathways Program you choose) 
  • Attend school part-time or full time 
  • Further develop your skills and knowledge 
  • Prepare for career advancement by gaining additional experience and education 
  • Increase your wage potential and self sufficiency 
  • Choose your own time frame 

 

Courses in the Career Pathways Program may be applied to the completion of the Less-Than-One-Year and One-Year Certificate Programs and/or Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree. Courses may also support the attainment of a Bachelor’s degree.

Roadmaps show the connections between education and careers at different levels with the industry.

Pathway Certificate Program Approximate Training Time Roadmap Related Degrees

Accounting for Business

12 Months

Automotive Technician

9 Months

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Automotive Technician Chassis/Suspension

PENDING STATE APPROVAL

9 Months

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Automotive Technician Drivability

PENDING STATE APPROVAL

9 Months

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Automotive Technician Electrical/Electronics

PENDING STATE APPROVAL

9 Months

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Automotive Technician Powertrain

PENDING STATE APPROVAL

9 Months

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Business Professional

9 Months

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Communication in Business

9 Months

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Criminal Justice

9 Months

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Criminal Justice - Professional Skills

9 Months

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Emergency Medical Services

6 Months

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Emergency Medical Technician

6 Months

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Entrepreneurship

12 Months

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Entry Level Accounting Clerk

9 Months

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Fire Science

6 Months

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Historic Preservation & Restoration

6 Months

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Seamanship

3-6 Months

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Welding

3 Months

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Welding: Flux Core Arc & Gas Tungsten Arc

3 Months

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Welding: Gas Metal Arc & Flux Core Arc

3 Months

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Welding: Gas Metal Arc & Gas Tungsten Arc

3 Months

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Welding: Shielded Metal Arc & Gas Metal Arc

3 Months

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Welding: Shielded Metal Arc & Gas Tungsten Arc

3 Months

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Welding: Shielded Metal Arc & Flux Core Arc

3 Months

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For additional information and to get started on a Career Pathways Certificate, contact: 

Admissions Office 
Clatsop Community College 
1651 Lexington Avenue 
Astoria, OR 97103 
503-338-2411 
http://www.MyPathCareers.org