Jul 21, 2024  
2018-19 Gaston College Catalog 

General Occupational Technology, A.A.S. (A55280)

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This Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree is a two-year program that prepares students for the workforce. However, there are some senior institutions where all or part of this degree is accepted as the first two years of a four-year program.  Students interested in pursuing a four-year degree should consult an advisor.

The General Occupation Technology curriculum provides individuals with an opportunity to upgrade skills and to earn an associate degree, diploma, and/or certificate by taking courses suited for individual occupational interests and/or needs. The curriculum content will be customized for students according to their occupational interests and needs. A program of study for each student will be selected from any non-developmental level courses (100-189 or 200-289) offered by the College.

Graduates will become more effective workers, better qualified for advancements within their field of employment, and become qualified for a wide range of entry-level employment opportunities.

Choose 46 Hours from a combination of courses. All courses must be taken from approved Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.), Diploma, or Certificate Programs which offer specific job knowledge and skills.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates will:

  1. Develop knowledge and skills specific to an occupational choice; occupational status; job placement; licensure; job satisfaction; performance; productivity; occupational mobility; employer satisfaction, and occupational aspirations.
  2. Use critical thinking, problem solving, analytical and evaluative skills, formal and post formal reasoning, conceptual complexity, creativity, moral reasoning (as a process).
  3. Demonstrate foundational skills that will enable them to effectively use computers and current information technology in the workforce.
  4. Use the mathematical concepts, notations, and manipulations needed in their field of study or occupation.

A program of study for each student will be selected from approved A.A.S., diploma, or certificate level courses offered by the College.

General Education Hours

Total Credit Hours: 12

Total Credit Hours: 3-4

Major Hours

Total Credit Hours: 50

Other Required Hours


  • Approved lab/science course: BIO, CHM, PHS, PHY (4 Credit Hours)

Total Credit Hours: 4

Total Credit Hours: 4

Total Program Hours: 73-74


Contact Work-Based Learning Office for course/section numbers.

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