Career and Technical Education Programs

Associate in Science Degrees (A.S.) are the career education and transfer degrees of Florida College System institutions. This two-year degree is intended to prepare students for immediate entry into the workforce and some programs can lead to transfer to a higher degree in that same field in the State College & University System. Each program contains at least 15 college credit hours in General Education.

Associate in Applied Science Degrees (A.A.S.) are career education programs consisting of college level courses that prepare students to directly enter the workforce instead of transferring to a university. The programs contain college credit offerings of a specialized nature and at least 15 college credit hours in General Education.

College Credit Certificates are college credit certificates consisting of less than 60 college credits. College credit hours earned in a Technical Certificate can be applied to a related Associate in Applied Science or Associate in Science degree.

For degree and certificate completion, at least 25 percent of credit hours for the program must be earned through instruction at LSSC. All A.A.S. and A.S. degree seeking students must take a minimum of 15-18 semester hours in General Education - at least one course from each of the following areas: Humanities/Fine Arts, Social/Behavioral Sciences, Natural Sciences and/or Mathematics. Credits earned in Gordon Rule writing courses (designated with the code GRW) or Mathematics courses covered by State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.030 (Gordon Rule) may be used to fulfill graduation requirements only if a grade of “C” or higher is attained.

Job Placement Rates

Florida Statute, 1008.42(2), requires that each college publish, in its annual catalog, the placement rate for the preceding three years for each career certificate program and for each career degree program. "NA" indicates that placement data is unavailable or there were no graduates of the specific program for the year indicated.1

Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science Degrees
2017/18 2016/17 2015/16
Business Administration A.S. 100% 100% 67%
Computer Information Technology A.S. NA 75% 71%
Criminal Justice Technology A.S. 100% 80% 33%
Electrical Distribution Technology A.A.S. 60% 60% NA
Engineering Technology Substation A.S. 100% N/A NA
Management Technology A.S.  NA NA NA
Nursing A.S. 100% 97% 97%
College Credit Certificates
2017/18 2016/17 2015/16
Business Management 100% 100% NA
Business Operations 100% 100% NA
Business Specials 100% 100% 100%
Chemical Lab Specialist NA NA NA
Criminal Justice Technology Specialist NA NA NA
Cybersecurity NA NA NA
Electrical Distribution Basic 75% 75% 100%
Electrical Distribution Advanced 86% 100% 80%
Engineering Technology Support Specialist 100% NA NA
Help Desk Support Specialist NA NA NA
Information Technology Analyst 83% 86% 50%
Information Technology Support Specialist NA NA NA
Medical Information Coder/Biller 86% 80% 67%
Medical Office Management 100% NA 50%
Scientific Workplace Preparation NA NA NA

1 Source: Florida Education and Training Placement Information Program (FETPIP) Reports and local data