Walters State Community College graduates are planning careers in more than 80 areas of study.
The college’s spring 2014 graduates will receive 380 Associate of Science degrees; 29 Associate of Science in Teaching degrees; 150 Associate of Applied Science degrees; and 24 Associate of Arts degrees. In addition, graduates will receive 146 technical certificates and 582 academic certificates.
The Associate of Science degree prepares students for transfer to a four-year college or university to finish a bachelor’s degree. The majority of these degrees, 170, are in general studies. This major serves as a foundation in many majors for transfer students. Other popular majors are business, criminal justice, biology, accounting, pre-radiography, psychology, social work and pre-health professions including pharmacy, occupational therapy, physical therapy and medicine.
The Associate of Science in Teaching is awarded for completion of the first two years of a four-year teacher education degree.
The Associate of Arts degree is also designed for students planning to transfer and complete a four-year degree. Popular majors for this degree include mass communications, English and foreign languages.
The Associate of Applied Science Degree is awarded to students in areas of study that prepare them for immediate entry into the workforce. The largest number of graduates in this category is nursing, with 77 graduates. Other health care majors are also popular, with degrees going to 23 physical therapist assistant majors, eighteen health information technology majors; and 17 respiratory care majors.
Other popular majors for this degree include business administration, health information technology and paralegal studies.
Technical certificates also provide individuals for direct entry into the workforce. The most popular concentrations this year are basic emergency medical technician, culinary arts, medical coding, medical insurance and pharmacy technician.
In 2011, Walters State began holding two commencements each year. The second commencement for the Class of 2014 will be in December.