Technical Studies degrees provide a quality education through an individually planned technical program designed to respond to the specialized needs of an individual or the community.
As the primary objective of the Associate of Technical Studies (ATS) degree is to broaden the educational program alternatives in a community that has a very limited industrial base, the proposed educational objectives may be very unique and nontraditional.
The Associate of Technical Studies (ATS) degree is open to any student admitted to the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College if the Chair of the School of Engineering Technologies determines that an existing technology degree program will not meet the student’s educational goals and that those goals are based on a feasible occupational objective.
The proposed program of study must meet the requirements of the Ohio Department of Higher Education for content and must be approved by a committee of School of Engineering Technologies faculty members, who advise the student as needed throughout the implementation of the program.
Application for an ATS degree program must be made before 33 semester credit hours of combined transfer and University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College academic coursework have been completed. The remaining courses must include at least half of the specialized/technical courses of the program.