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Old 04-20-2021, 01:59 AM
 
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I've graduated in May 2017 with this degree and my prospects still look dim. I don't know if I should transfer these credits to get an associate's degree in something I would enjoy, like IT, or go back to the college I attended and complete a bachelor. Any advice?



Edit: After some work I revised my resume and followed some advice from fellow users, is it possible to transfer the credits I have to get another associate degree to a different college in a more useful field perhaps?
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Old 04-20-2021, 10:18 AM
 
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What is a "general education/studies degree"? Is it a BA or AA? What did you study?
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Old 04-20-2021, 10:44 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Edit: After some work I revised my resume and followed some advice from fellow users,
...is it possible to transfer some/many credits I have to get a **Bachelor** degree ...?
It happens every day
But get out of the minor leagues of the AA and find a useful guidance counselor.
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Old 04-20-2021, 01:11 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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It happens every day
But get out of the minor leagues of the AA and find a useful guidance counselor.
The whole point of a General Studies AA is to transition you to completing the final two years for a BA/S.
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Old 04-20-2021, 01:23 PM
 
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The whole point of a General Studies AA is to transition you to completing the final two years for a BA/S.
I think that’s the best plan. Unfortunately a general studies AA probably doesn’t differentiate much from a high school diploma.
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Old 04-20-2021, 01:28 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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I think that’s the best plan. Unfortunately a general studies AA probably doesn’t differentiate much from a high school diploma.
If he took the "right" classes he should have his College Writing, History, Science, etc. out of the way. Pretty much what you'd take the first couple years at a four year school.
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Old 04-21-2021, 10:13 PM
 
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The whole point of a General Studies AA is to transition you to completing the final two years for a BA/S.
This is a serious question: What degrees does it prepare you for the final two years of?

Reason I ask is this comes up often in this forum yet when I look at the local CC here or previous places we've lived, their AA doesn't provide a solid background for many degree programs. They fulfill the GenEds but seldom the degree specific courses. It bothers me to see so many young people advised to attend CC for the first two years but then find themselves off track and behind when they transfer to full university and pick a degree program.
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Old 04-22-2021, 11:45 AM
 
Location: State of Transition
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This is a serious question: What degrees does it prepare you for the final two years of?

Reason I ask is this comes up often in this forum yet when I look at the local CC here or previous places we've lived, their AA doesn't provide a solid background for many degree programs. They fulfill the GenEds but seldom the degree specific courses. It bothers me to see so many young people advised to attend CC for the first two years but then find themselves off track and behind when they transfer to full university and pick a degree program.
That's the answer to your question (bolded). A CC transcript is mainly for transferring to a 4-hr. college, declaring a major, and beginning your work on your major in your Junior year. Except for those CC programs that are designed to put people into entry level jobs in various fields, like office admin assistant, chef, and the like.

However, there are a few AA degrees that are applicable to a university major. Business management is one IT tech is another.. A few of the business related courses, like Business Law, some of the economics-related courses, a tech course or two, etc. would be transferable. But it's crucial to work with an academic advisor at the CC level in selecting your courses. The adviser can tell you which course's credits would be accepted at the university level.
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Old 04-22-2021, 12:11 PM
 
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That's the answer to your question (bolded). A CC transcript is mainly for transferring to a 4-hr. college, declaring a major, and beginning your work on your major in your Junior year. Except for those CC programs that are designed to put people into entry level jobs in various fields, like office admin assistant, chef, and the like.

However, there are a few AA degrees that are applicable to a university major. Business management is one IT tech is another.. A few of the business related courses, like Business Law, some of the economics-related courses, a tech course or two, etc. would be transferable. But it's crucial to work with an academic advisor at the CC level in selecting your courses. The adviser can tell you which course's credits would be accepted at the university level.
The problem is, while they fulfill the GenEds, there are many majors for which they don't fulfill the prerequisite coursework, esp once you get outside the Liberal Arts. Turns a four year program into five or more years.

If it's only about the GenEds, most kids today have the opportunity to knock most of them out while still in high school.

I just don't see the value proposition for attending CC if your intent is a four year degree. I think CC's are at there best and do the most good when they focus on those programs that require a two year course of study to get a job.
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Old 04-22-2021, 12:32 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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The problem is, while they fulfill the GenEds, there are many majors for which they don't fulfill the prerequisite coursework, esp once you get outside the Liberal Arts. Turns a four year program into five or more years.

If it's only about the GenEds, most kids today have the opportunity to knock most of them out while still in high school.

I just don't see the value proposition for attending CC if your intent is a four year degree. I think CC's are at there best and do the most good when they focus on those programs that require a two year course of study to get a job.
You mean what they were originally designed to do? Unfortunately they've suffered mission creep over the years and have been pushed to do many other things, including being a "cheaper" alternative, in order to fulfill the desire of "College For All". But hey, that kid that spent four years at a community college taking remedial courses can still say he "went to college". Just like Tony Soprano told Dr. Melfi he did.
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