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    Jan 29, 2023  
2015-2016 Catalog and Student Handbook 
2015-2016 Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Overview of Programs

Associate of Applied Business and Associate of Applied Science

These degrees are awarded in recognition of successful completion of minimum of 60 semester credit hours of study in a specific degree program aimed at preparing a student for entry into a specific occupation. The credit hours in each degree program consist of 50% in a declared technical technology (major); and 50% in non-technical courses, including general studies courses and those that serve as a base to the technical field.

Associate of Arts and Associate of Science Transfer Degrees

The Associate of Arts and Associate of Science are transfer degrees that fulfill the requirements for completion of the first two years of a baccalaureate degree at most four-year colleges and universities.

Students are encouraged to discuss their transfer intentions with a Terra State advisor early in their Terra State experience to ensure that the correct courses are selected to meet the specific requirements of the receiving college or university.

The Associate of Arts degree is appropriate for students who plan to transfer to a bachelor of arts or related program. These include English, foreign language, humanities, social sciences, psychology, or K-12 education.

The Associate of Science degree is appropriate for students who plan to transfer to a Bachelor of Science or related program. These include engineering, business, pre-medicine mathematics or the natural sciences.

  1. Concentration-An Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree concentration at Terra State Community College must contain a minimum of twelve (12) semester hours in an academic discipline, including both freshman and sophomore level major courses. If an approved Transfer Assurance Guide exists for the discipline, the concentration must include the TAG courses identified for that academic major. A concentration is designed to enable transfer students to enter a public, state of Ohio, baccalaureate degreegranting institution ready (or very nearly ready*) to pursue upper-division coursework for their academic major.

    *Colleges of Arts and Sciences require foreign language proficiency through the sophomore-level to award baccalaureate degrees.
  2. Pre-Major Pathway-Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degrees at Terra State Community College may also be granted using a Pre-Major Pathway in a specific academic discipline. A pre-Major Pathway may exist if the coursework in the discipline contains a minimum of ten semester hours but does not contain sophomore level major courses and/or all major TAG courses, providing that an approved Transfer Assurance Guide exists for the academic major.

Individualized Degree Programs

Associate of Technical Study
Associate of Individualized Study

Terra State Community College awards two individualized degrees: the Associate of Technical Study Degree and the Associate of Individualized Study Degree. Students, with the assistance of college staff, develop an individual program of study which may combine technical and general studies courses. More information may be obtained by contacting the respective academic division office.

Certificate Programs

Certificates of Completion are presented to students who complete a course or a series of courses established to certify a job skill or competence with a 2.0 grade point average or better.

Students who complete certificate programs can apply their certificate coursework toward an associate degree and are encouraged to do so as their resources permit.

Information Technology Pathways

Terra State has multiple “pathways” for students to prepare for jobs in the Information Technology Industry.

These include degrees and certificates in Digital Arts and Media Design, Computer Systems, Programmable/Computer Controls, and courses and certificates through The Kern Center for Community and Industrial Development.

Digital Arts and Media Design
Areas of study include web design, computer animation, and digital video.

  • 3-D Animation
  • Web Design

Computer Systems
Areas of study include hardware, networking, data communications, routers, fiber optics, and RF

  • Computer Information Systems
  • Desktop Support Management
  • Systems and Networking Support

Areas of study include PLCs (programmable logic controllers), HMI’s and CAD.

The Kern Center for Community and Industrial Development
Provides non-credit courses that provide information that prepares students for the following certifications:

  • A+ Certification
  • N+ Certification
  • MCSE Certification
  • MCSD Testing

STEMM Pathways

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are the content areas to boost the state economy and regional progress. Some define STEMM as the study of the natural sciences, modern technology, engineering, mathematics, and medical sciences.

Terra State offers students an opportunity to begin work on a STEMM degree. Various programs and certificates in the catalog are marked as a STEMM pathway.

For more detailed information on STEMM programs, click here .

Cooperative Education

Standards and Guidelines

Definition of Cooperative Work Experience:
A cooperative work experience is on- or off- campus paid employment that augments formal classroom instruction. The experience is coordinated by a technical faculty member related to the major and by the co-op coordinator.


  1. A student must have a minimum cumulative 2.0 grade point average and a 2.0 grade point average in the technical area to participate in a cooperative work experience.
  2. A student must have successfully completed at least 20 credit hours, 8 of which must be in the student’s major area of study, and approval of a technical faculty member to participate in a cooperative work experience.
  3. Each student who is enrolled in a cooperative work experience must have successfully completed a prerequisite one credit hour on-campus seminar (EBE 2980). This can be taken as a co-requisite upon approval of the technical faculty member.
  4. At a minimum, each student is required to meet with the assigned technical faculty member at the beginning of the term, at the mid-term, and at the end of the term to discuss and evaluate progress in the cooperative work experience.
  5. Each student who is enrolled in a cooperative work experience must document learning outcomes to be achieved through the cooperative work experience, and submit these to the technical faculty member for approval by the end of the second week of the term.
  6. Each student who desires to participate in a cooperative work experience must contact the co-op coordinator to record a job placement assignment.
  7. Students who desire to participate in a cooperative work experience must be enrolled in a cooperative education course in their major in order to receive academic credit for the work experience.

Awarding of Credit:

One credit shall be awarded for a minimum of one hundred fifty clock hours of cooperative work experience that is completed during a semester. A maximum of nine semester credit hours may be earned in cooperative work experience, or any combination of cooperative work experience and practicum, over the associate degree program.

The technical faculty member visits the job site for a conference with the student and supervisor at the mid-term and for a final evaluation. Additional visits may occur. The technical faculty member will evaluate the student based upon pre-approved learning outcomes to be determined between the student and the technical faculty member. The technical faculty member assigns the course grade to the student after appropriate consultation with the supervisor/employer.

Cooperative Education Seminar:
Students desiring to participate in a cooperative work experience will enroll in a prerequisite, one-credit seminar (EBE 2980). The seminar will meet for fifteen classroom hours during the semester. The seminar’s curriculum will encompass the following topics:

  • Developing a resume
  • Developing learning outcomes for a cooperative work experience
  • Expectations of students participating in cooperative work experiences
  • Workplace ethics
  • Interviewing tips and techniques
  • Development of a portfolio for presentation to potential employers

Students will be required to successfully complete the on-campus seminar only one time.

For more information, contact the Cooperative Education Coordinator at 419.559.2252.

Field Experience

Field experience is planned, paid work activity which relates to an individual student’s occupational objectives. With permission of a faculty advisor, the field experience replaces elective or required courses in a student’s associate degree program. The experience is coordinated by a faculty member of the college who assists the student in planning the experience, visits the site of the experience for a conference with the student and his/her supervisor at least once during the term and assigns the course grade to the student after appropriate consultation with the employer/supervisor.

One credit hour shall be awarded for a minimum of twelve clock hours of field experience which is completed during a week. A maximum of nine semester (or thirteen quarter) credit hours may be earned in field experience, or in any combination of field experience, cooperative education experience and practicum over the associate degree program.

Summer Session

Terra State Community College offers a 5-week and an 8-week summer session in which a variety of technical, general education, special interest, and learning achievement courses are offered.

Gainful Employment Information Regarding Eligible Certificate Programs

Terra State Community College is providing this information to meet federal requirements to disclose information about programs that lead to gainful employment, (75 FR 66665 and FR 66832). The following table includes important information related to Title-IV eligible certificate programs.

Standard Occupational Classification and Occupational Title

The Standard Occupational Code (SOC) is a system provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to categorize employment groups. Students can go to to search these codes and obtain information about these specific occupations. The occupation column corresponds with the SOC code and provides a job title for occupations you might expect to pursue upon successful completion of the stated certificate program.

Program Cost

The total cost of the program is provided for each of Terra State’s Title-IV eligible certificate programs. The program cost is an aggregate of tuition and fees, books, and the cost of program specific equipment and supplies.

On-Time Rate

The on-time rate measures the percentage of students that complete their certificate program within the published time frame. For instance, if the program length is published as one academic, this rate tells you how many students graduated within the academic year.

Placement Rate

The placement rate measures the percent of Terra State students that obtain employment after completing their certificate program. Currently placement rates at the certificate level are not available. Terra State has provided the institutional placement rate, until certificate level information is provided.

Median Loan Debt

This category provides an overview of the average dollar amount of Federal Stafford loans that students use to complete the stated certificate program.

Private and Institutional Financing

Currently federal regulations require institutions to disclose private and institutional financing done by students. Terra State does not have any student in any of its certificate programs financing their education through private or institutional sources.

Information changes annually. For the most up-to-date Gainful Employment information, please contact the Financial Aid office at 419-559-2344.