CURRENTLY ENROLLED STUDENTS
You’re already earning college credit for the classes you’re taking at a career technology center. Now it’s time to prepare for your future by finishing the college degree you’ve already started through the Cooperative Alliance!
Let’s face it. You’re busy. Your “to do” list continues to grow. You’re already taking classes at a technology center and earning credit toward your Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree. So, before the year gets away from you, make plans to visit the college where you’re already earning credit.
Why should I visit the campus?
It’s important to remember that the college courses you are taking now will benefit you in the future. Not all of the classes you need to complete your A.A.S. degree are available at the technology center, so you will also need to take classes on a college campus. By scheduling a campus tour now, you will save yourself time – and perhaps anxiety – when you walk into your first class at the college.
When you visit campus, you can find out where you will register, where your classes will be, where the library is, where you should park and where you can meet your friends during breaks. Take along your parents or friends and try to schedule the tour when classes are in session, so you can get the true feel of the campus and perhaps visit with some current students.
Visiting the campus will allow you to see “beyond the brochure.” Campuses are more friendly and useful when you’re up close and personal. You might even want to sit in on a class that interests you.
Why should I finish my degree?
You have already earned college credit. In less than two years, you could be holding your college diploma. You are already on your way to better employment opportunities and a better salary. College helps you explore your interests, discover new areas of knowledge and set new goals. You will learn HOW to learn – how to think critically, solve problems and develop new skills. You’ll meet new people, make new friends and have fun.
A college degree can take you from a minimum-wage job into a good-paying career that you can enjoy. Studies prove it: Continue your education after high school, and you’re likely to make more money and have a better life.
Why should I meet with my adviser?
Before you finish your senior year, you should set up a meeting with your adviser to see if you are on the right track with your classes and to find out how your credits apply toward an A.A.S. degree program.
What if I want to transfer my college credits to a different college or university?
Your transcript is portable. The credits you are earning will transfer to other colleges and universities offering the A.A.S. degree and may apply to the specific degree you have chosen. If you wish to transfer to another higher education institution, you should check to make sure that institution offers an A.A.S. degree program and know how the credits apply to the degree.
Will I need financial aid assistance?
Through the Cooperative Alliance program, your college tuition has been waived, and you have only been paying an $8 per credit hour fee to cover academic and administrative costs. After you graduate, you may qualify for federal- and state-funded programs such as Pell Grants and work-study programs. You should first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after Jan.1 of your senior year. An application can be completed online or downloaded and printed at www.fafsa.gov. ALL of this information is free of charge. Remember, the first “F” in FAFSA stands for “Free!” Be wary of any organization that requires you to pay to fill out the FAFSA.
Some colleges also offer scholarship opportunities, and some are specific to students transferring from technology centers. Be sure to make an appointment with the admissions or financial aid office for assistance in determining eligibility.
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.