General Occupational/Technical Studies

The Associate in Applied Science degree in General Occupational/Technical Studies provides flexible alternatives for meeting student and employer needs. This program serves two general purposes:

Credit earned through certificate and diploma program completion will be applicable toward the Associate in Applied Science in General Occupational/Technical Studies degree when consistent with the objectives of the students individual plan of study. This heavily advisor-driven model can combine certificates and/or diplomas in different disciplines for meeting employer needs for unique skill combinations for which there is no established degree program. As much as twenty hours of credit for experiential learning may be applied toward degree completion. KCTCS certificate and diploma credit and acceptable credit transferred from other colleges may also be applied to a students program completion plan. At least 25 percent of the approved curriculum credits must be completed at the KCTCS institution granting the degree.

Associate in Applied Science

For program course requirements, consult the GO/TS Check Sheet.

Employment Opportunities

For employment opportunities in your specific technical area of study go to Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Program Length

You can complete the Associate in Applied Science in two years as a full-time student pending no developmental needs.

Answers to some of your questions:

Use your experience to make your own program. Some jobs just don't fit neatly into one academic program. If this describes your situation, this degree is for you. We combine work experience and skills in different areas to meet the unique needs of your future employers.

How does it work? Your academic advisor helps you shape your studies by combining certificates and diplomas in different subjects. You can use your prior work experience and training to get up to 20 hours toward your degree.

What do I need to do? You can design your program to meet the needs of you and your employer. You earn credit for any courses that meet the objectives of your individual plan of study.

Can I transfer credits? Absolutely. But at least 25 percent of your work will need to be done with us.

Which programs are covered? With a little extra course work, you can get a degree in the following programs:


  • Air Conditioning Technology
  • Automotive Technology
  • Construction Technology
  • Collision Repair
  • Computer-Aided Drafting
  • Culinary Arts
  • Industrial Maintenance
  • Practical Nursing
  • Welding


  • Cosmetology
  • Paramedic

For More Information:

Jack Hawkins
Office T-104, Maysville Campus
(606)759-7141 ext. 66141

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.