Have you graduated from high school or have your GED? Well, maybe you're ready for more… How about new challenges, better opportunities, and yes, a bigger paycheck?
The Cooperative Alliance program allows qualified students like you to earn college credit toward an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree by successfully completing courses at technology centers and colleges in Oklahoma.
Why an A.A.S degree?
The A.A.S. degree is designed to lead students directly into the workforce. Employers in many fields think that an A.A.S. degree shows that potential employees are well-trained and have in-depth knowledge in their fields.
A.A.S. courses, taught at technology centers, have been evaluated by higher education faculty and administrators and determined to qualify for college credit.
It is designed for students who are interested in employment in a specific career. As a workforce degree, the technical college courses are specific to the A.A.S. degree and are not designed to transfer to the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees. However, some credit may apply to a specific Bachelor of Technology degree.
You should speak with your adviser if you have any questions about career plans and appropriate college degrees.
What are the benefits of taking classes through Cooperative Alliance?
- Cooperative Alliance classes are a great value.
- It’s an easy transition from your technology center to college and then to a great career.
- Avoid course duplication from your technology center to college.
- Graduate faster and earn a higher salary.
What is the value in a college degree?
Studies show that people with more education earn higher incomes. After one year of employment, A.A.S. graduates earned more than $33,000 per year,1 while those with only a high school diploma earned $24,403 per year.2
To cover academic and administrative services, an $8 per credit hour fee is charged by the college or university that is granting the college credit. Technology center tuition may also apply.
When you enroll in a Cooperative Alliance course at a technology center, you become a college student, so you will go through the admissions process.
You must have a high school diploma or GED. If you haven’t already taken the ACT, the college will have you take an assessment for placement in math, English, science and history courses taught by the college. Grades earned while taking college credit courses become a part of your permanent transcript.
To get the process started, speak with your technology center Cooperative Alliance coordinator.
So, which colleges and universities partner with which technology centers?
Through the Cooperative Alliance program, all 29 career technology centers in Oklahoma participate as partners with 18 colleges and universities throughout the state.
1Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Employment Outcomes Report, September 2008
2U.S. Census Bureau, 2005-07 American Community Survey