At PCC you can earn an Associate of Art (AA) Degree, Associate of Science (AS) Degree, Associate Degree for Transfer (AD-T), Certificate of Achievement, or an Occupational Skills Certificate. Use the guidelines below to help you plan which courses to take while at PCC in order to earn a degree and/or certificate.


Associate of Art (AA) Degree

The Associate of Arts degree (AA degree) is a general studies degree. It can stand alone, giving you the skills to enter the workforce. Or, it can be the first steps towards earning a Bachelor’s degree at a four-year university.

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Associate of Science (AS) Degree

An AS Degree prepares you with the unique skills needed to enter a specialized career field. Earned in conjunction with a Certificate of Achievement, it will open up further opportunities for career advancement.

Your major or area of emphasis will be whichever Career and Technical Education Certificate you choose to earn.

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The Associate of Arts (AA-T) and Associate of Science (AS-T Degrees for Transfer make it easier for you to transfer to a California State University to earn a bachelor degree. Earning an AA-T or AS-T degree at PCC guarantees you admission to the CSU system with junior standing and prepares you to complete a Bachelor degree in a similar major at a CSU campus.Requirements to earn an AD-T vary depending on the major that you choose to pursue. Please review the requirements for your specific major. 

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Certificate of Achievement

Our Career and Technical Education Certificates will give you the knowledge and training you need to enter a specialized career or enhance your skills for advancement in your job. Coursework completed while earning a Certificate can also be applied to an AS Degree to further increase your employability. Requirements vary depending on the Certificate that you are planning to earn.

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Occupational Skills Certificate

Earning an Occupational Skills Certificate develops your job skills in a special area of occupational education in a short period of time. Successful completion may certify that you are prepared with job entry skills leading to a full Certificate of Achievement program, or skills to upgrade or advance in an existing career.

See All Certificates Available at PCC