Exclusively designed for the adult learner, the Board of Governor’s Degree gives students the flexibility to design their degree and earn it at a faster pace. By using a portfolio process, past work, learning, college, or military experience can potentially count towards college credits. For students out of high school for at least two years and not holding a previous degree, the pace and flexibility of the program will accelerate studies in general education subjects such as business, criminal justice, information technology, and natural sciences.
The Board of Governors A.A.S. requires 60 credit hours, which includes a general education core of 21 credit hours and 39 credit hours of general electives. The structure of the degree assures flexibility in program design to meet the individual needs of adult students. The required general education courses assure the development of essential skills and competencies necessary for an associate-level graduate. The general electives category allows students to demonstrate and document a defined occupational proficiency.
Students are encouraged to explore various options for obtaining credit for prior learning experiences including standardized exams, challenge exams, credential validation, and portfolio credit. Students who choose to earn credit for college-level learning acquired through professional work experience or other life experiences must complete CGEN 112 - Prior Learning Development (3) . ENGL 101 - ~English Composition I (3) must be completed with a grade of C or better before registering for CGEN 112 . There is a $300 fee to submit a portfolio. There is a $10 per credit fee for posting credits to the transcript. The portfolio provides the opportunity for equating documented, college level, experiential learning to college credit. College courses successfully completed at regionally accredited institutions may be transferred into the program and applied toward the 60-credit requirement.
Students in the Board of Governors A.A.S. Program are subject to Blue Ridge Community and Technical College’s requirements for admissions, basic skills testing, and appropriate course placement, including developmental education courses, which may not count toward completion of the program. Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Catalog requirements regarding academic standards, student conduct, and graduation procedures also apply.
Students completing the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Board of Governors will:
- Demonstrate the interpersonal and evaluative skills necessary to effectively provide and receive constructive feedback.
- Identify ways in which lifelong learning and aesthetic interests correlate with college-level learning.
- Exhibit skills necessary for a successful transition to other colleges/universities or into the workforce.
- Apply work experience to reduce the average time toward earning a degree
- Assess historical, social, political trends that have shaped culture through completing general education courses.
- Cultivate an understanding of basic computer concepts applicable in the real-world environment.
- Explain the theoretical correlation of prior learning from previous experience and how it applies to the current degree path.
This degree program prepares students for entry into or to move up in, a variety of business, criminal justice, technology, or scientific fields.