Types of Credentials

Tri-County Technical College awards postsecondary certificates, diplomas, and associate degrees through four academic divisions: Arts and Sciences, Business and Public Services, Health Education, and Industrial and Engineering Technology. Some departments within these divisions offer programs leading to all three types of credentials; others offer a combination.

The College also awards non-credit certificates through five departments in the Corporate & Community Education Division: Licensing and Recertification, World-Class Training Center, Health Care, Personal and Career Development, and the Business Training Center.

Reasons to Graduate

Regardless of whether you plan to transfer to a university or to gain skills so you can get a good job, graduating from your chosen major at Tri-County should be one of your priorities. Why?
  • The credential you earn signifies a personal and educational accomplishment.
  • Most companies ask you to list all postsecondary credentials you've earned on employment applications (not just courses you've taken).
  • Completing what you start indicates something positive about your character and perseverance.
  • You never know what the future holds, and sometimes plans for a bachelor's degree (for example) have to be delayed-completing your degree from Tri-County is an accomplishment that's yours forever.

And, remember, if you're planning to enter Tri-County's University Transfer program, you don't have to graduate before you transfer. But, in many cases, you CAN graduate from Tri-County by transferring credit back, once you complete appropriate courses at your senior college!

"I just want a job, do I need a degree?"

Whether you need a degree to "get a job" depends on the type of job you want to get. Sometimes finishing a few courses in a technical or career area can be enough to get an entry-level job. In other cases, like Nursing, there's no way you can work as a registered nurse without finishing your associate degree and passing the licensure exam. Regardless, it's always wise to complete the program you start at Tri-County and graduate with an associate degree, diploma, or certificate. (If you need a job fast, consider earning a certificate and then come back to work on your associate degree-many employers have tuition reimbursement programs and the Lottery Tuition Assistance Program can help you, too!)

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Graduation (6:00pm) (7/31/2014)

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Student Success Coach Meeting, Oconee Campus, 1 p.m. (7/31/2014)

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Student Success Coach Meeting, Oconee Campus, 2 p.m. (7/31/2014)

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Student Success Coach Meeting, Oconee Campus, 3 p.m. (7/31/2014)

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Student Success Coach Meeting, Oconee Campus, 4 p.m. (7/31/2014)

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