Associate in Applied Science in Occupational Development

Occupational Development

Learners interested in any of the Occupational Development Programs outlined below should contact Sherry Michael, Education Programs Coordinator: 1-877-982-2322; or 304-434-8000 ext. 9264.

The Associate in Applied Science in Occupational Development is designed to provide for cooperatively sponsored educational opportunities leading to associate degrees for students in approved U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Apprenticeship Training (BAT) programs. The specific course of study is determined by agreements between Eastern and the training sponsor. Mandatory components in the program include a general education core, classroom training, and on-the-job experience.

Upon completion of these programs, graduates will be able to:

  • Effectively use both written and verbal communication in the workplace
  • Demonstrate an understanding of technical skills required in the specific occupational area through the successful completion of an approved apprenticeship or training program
  • Demonstrate knowledge of interpersonal skills and their application in the workplace
  • Apply principles of mathematics and science to contemporary issues in society and in the workplace

Required Credit Hours

  • Component I:General Education Core (15+ credit hours)
  • Component II: Classroom Instruction in the Occupation (40 credit hours maximum)
  • Component III: On-the-Job-Training in the Occupation (12 credit hours maximum)
  • Total Program Credit Hours: 60 Maximum  

Approved Partnerships

Occupational Development approved partnerships include:

  • Apprenticeship for Child Development Specialist (ACDS): U.S. Department of Labor, WV Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, WV Child Development Specialist program, and WV Department of Education

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