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Is an Associate of Applied Science Right for You?

At ACC, we offer over a hundred degree and certificate programs grouped into seven pathways:

  • Arts, Communication, & Design
  • Business
  • Global, Human, & Social Sciences
  • Health
  • Math & Sciences
  • Public Services
  • Technology

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) is the degree choice for students who want to get out into the workforce quickly, while doing something that is meaningful to them. These degrees will give you the specialized, professional training that is needed to perform well in a variety of careers. Upon graduation, you will have the necessary skills for entry level positions into the field that you choose.
In five of our seven pathways, we offer a variety of AAS degrees to give you training that fits with your interests and disposition:

Arts, Communication, & Design

The trope of the starving artist need not be the reality for the creative individual. Creative careers are a great way to let your inner artist flourish, and will allow you to express yourself while making a living doing something you love. Artistic vision has many outlets, whether visual, lyrical, or functional, and with these degree options, you’ll be able to make a career out of your creativity:

  • Architectural Studies: Architecture Technician and Pre-Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Journalism and Contemporary Media
  • Multimedia, Graphic Design, and Illustration
  • Music Audio Technology
  • Commercial Photography


Capitalism, big business, and cash money are often things that people think about when the idea of majoring in business comes up, yet there is so much more to it than that. The purpose of a business isn’t just to make money, it’s a way to support families and self by providing a service to a community. Within businesses are many components that keep them operating smoothly, and these degree options will allow you to be a part of that, whether you want to work for a corporation, a non-governmental organization, or get your own business up and running:

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration: Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Business, International Business and Foreign Language, Management, and Marketing
  • Construction Management
  • Cosmetology and Salon Management
  • Retail Management


The medical field is continuing to expand, presenting many opportunities for all students interesting in entering it. Whether you’re interested in a fast-paced career working with patients face-to-face or prefer working behind the scenes, there is a health career that suits your abilities. Get your start in the hospital or clinic with these degree options:

  • Health Information Technology
  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Mortuary Science
  • Nursing
  • Paramedicine
  • Physical Therapist Assistant

Public Services

Protecting and serving the community is a noble aim that is sometimes taken for granted. Laws are created and enforced in the interest of safety, as well as to ensure our civil rights against abuses by those who would seek to do harm, whether it’s by individuals or larger organizations, including the government itself. If your aim is a career that helps to protect your community, you may be interested in these degree options:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Law Enforcement
  • Paralegal


Tech is a booming field, and computers are becoming increasingly common in everyday life. As technology continues to develop and become more intricate, we rely on those with the know-how to keep it operating smoothly and safely. If machines, hardware, and software are what get your metaphorical gears turning, you may be interested in one of our many degree offerings:

  • Automotive Service Technology
  • Broadband Technology and Communication: Broadband Leadership, Broadband Technology, and Customer Care
  • Computer Information Systems: Business and Computer Support
  • Computer Network Technology: CISCO, General Networking, Network Security, and Systems Administration
  • Cybersecurity
  • Engineering Graphics Technologies - Mechanical Design
  • Game Design and Development
  • Mechatronics Engineering Technology
  • Secure Software Development