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Technical Studies

Technical Studies

The Technical Studies program is designed to support the diverse needs of skilled workers in our community to obtain an associate degree by offering credit for recognized technical experience, certifications and training. With consultation from a faculty advisor from diverse technical backgrounds, the program allows students to build on the success of their individual area of technical expertise by choosing technical electives to complement their Technical Specialty area. The Technical Studies degree is intended to be a program of study in an area other than the current degree programs of the college.

Students coming from recognized apprenticeship programs or students with certifications in a technical field (in an area that we do not offer an Associate Degree) may receive credits toward an associate’s degree in Technical Studies for industry training and/or certifications. Documented certification exams and/or military experience may also be reviewed for credit

Program Goal

The goal of the Technical Studies program is to offer a flexible curriculum tailored to the students’ professional needs and to provide avenues for credit for prior learning experiences.

Program Outcomes

Students who graduate from this program will be able to:

  • Complete a specialized degree program
  • Complement their work experiences, training experiences and certifications with academic coursework

Admissions Requirements

In addition to college-wide admissions requirements, students must participate in a personal interview with the Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Employment Opportunities

Due to the nature of this degree, the vast majority of students are already employed when they are accepted into the program. In many fields, a degree is required for advancement in that field and the General Studies degree affords students that opportunity.

Technical Studies Degree

Technical Specialty/Core up to 20 credits
Awarded for demonstrated knowledge through Prior Learning Assessment, completed industry training/certification; US Department of Labor Apprenticeships; CCSNH Certificate programs which are not in an area that the college offers an associate degree, documented certification exams, military training, etc. All training/certification materials must show hours of training, document type of training received and have grades (or other form of assessment). MCC coursework can also be used to satisfy the Technical Specialty/Core requirements.
Related Technical Support 16 credits
Students take a minimum of 16 credits of MCC coursework related to their individual technical specialty/core. Course selections must follow program and course prerequisites. At least 8 credits must be in upper level (200 level) courses in order to meet MCC residency requirements.
Required Courses
GA101M Assessment of Prior Learning 1 credit
FYE100M MCC Essentials 1 credit
  Total 2 credits
Liberal Arts Course Requirements
ENGL109M or
College Composition I with Corequisite or
College Composition I
4 credits
  English Elective 3 credits
  Foreign Language/Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3 credits
  Mathematics Elective 4 credits
  Lab Science Elective 4 credits
  Social Science Elective 3 credits
  Liberal Arts & Sciences Electives 6 credits
  Open Elective 3 credits
  Total 30 credits
Total Credits - 68