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Occupational/Technical Degrees

The occupational and technical education programs are designed to meet the increasing demands for technicians, paraprofessional workers, and skilled craftsmen for employment in industry, business, the professions, and government. These programs may serve as initial training for students preparing to enter the job market for the first time, as a supplement to work experience for persons who are preparing for advancement in their present lines of work, or as retraining for persons who must develop new skills for the present job market.

To meet these goals, Citizens Advisory Committees provide, in partnership with industry and the community, information and advice to enable continuous updating of curricular, course content, technology and faculty knowledge of current industry practices. Preparation for successful employment may encompass many aspects of education that extends beyond the classroom, such as cooperative education and internships that are conducive to success in the workplace.

Associate of Applied Science Degree programs are designed primarily to prepare the student for employment immediately upon graduation from the community college. Thus, these programs contain a large number of specialized courses.

Virginia Highlands offers both two-year diploma and one-year certificate programs for those students interested in immediate employment in selected occupational fields. The student’s program is designed to facilitate transition into an appropriate AAS degree program at a later date. Students interested in such options should plan their programs carefully with their advisors and counselors at VHCC.

Career Studies Certificate programs are designed in response to the non-conventional short-term program of study needs of many adults in our service region for an award which provides for upgrading, retraining, and investigating career possibilities or specialized interests.


Agricultural and Natural Resources Technology


Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

                Horticulture Technology


Career Studies Certificate (CSC)


                Horticulture: Floral design and Indoor Plant Care

                Organic Food/Plant Production


Business Technology


Associate of Applied Science (AAS)


                Administrative Support Technology - Executive Administrative Assistant

                Administrative Support Technology – Specialization in Legal Assisting

                Administrative Support Technology – Specialization in Medical Office Specialist

                Information Systems Technology

                Information Systems Technology - Specialization in Networking



Certificate (C)

                Accounting and Information Systems Technology

                Clerical Studies

                Health Information Management

                Networking A+

                Supervision and Management

                Web Programming and Design


Career Studies Certificate (CSC)

                (AST) Teleservices

                (HIM) Electronic Health Records      

                (IST) CISCO Networking and A+ 

                (IST) Computer Programming 

                (IST) Database Security and Design

                (IST) Software Applications Specialist 

                (IST) User Support Specialist

                (IST) Web Design and Development

                (MGT) Hospitality and Tourism

                (MGT) Industrial Supervision

                (MGT) Small Business Management   


Engineering and Industrial Technology  


Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

                Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Heating

                Computer Aided Drafting & Design Technology

                Computer Numerical Control Machine Operations

                Electrical Technology 

                Energy Technology

                Technical Studies


Diploma (D)

                Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Heating

                Electro-Mechanical Maintenance



Certificate (C)

                Computer Numerical Control Machining


                Energy Technology



Career Studies Certificate (CSC)

                Basic Computer Numerical Control Operation

                Electrical Wiring

                Industrial Maintenance

                Machine Operator


Health Technology


Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

                Emergency Medical Services Technology


                Nursing - LPN to RN Bridge

                Occupational Therapy Assistant (SWVCC**)

                Physical Therapist Assistant (WCC*)



                *Wytheville Community College

                **Southwest Virginia Community College


Certificate (C)

                Health Sciences


Career Studies Certificate (CSC)

                Computerized Tomography

                Magnetic Resonance Imaging

                Emergency Medical Technology – Intermediate

                Emergency Medical Technology – Paramedic


Public Service Technology


Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

                Administration of Justice 

                Human Services

                Human Services - Specialization in Early Childhood Education


Certificate (C)

                Early Childhood Teaching Assistant

                Human Services Advocate


Career Studies Certificate (CSC)

                (HMS) Child Development




























Last updated: 2/16/2012 4:10:24 PM