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Why Get an Associate's Degree First

January 20, 2012

Right out of high school, a major university isn’t the option for many students. There is a better way to start college and you can even start taking classes towards this degree before you graduate high school or even from home. Associate’s degrees are academic degree that are awarded for completing two years, about 60 credits worth, of college courses. However, you can usually finish an associate’s degree sooner than two years. This type of degree is also a good choice for anyone who is considering a military degree, because you can go into any field, such as science or history, and still transfer these credits once you want to move on to a higher school or degree. There are some major benefits to choosing an associate’s degree program to start first.

An Easy Plan

Associate’s degrees can be easily planned out, from the first year to second. You know exactly the classes that you can take and you can add electives into the mix. Not only that, but there are a lot of flexible options with community colleges. AA (associate of arts) and AS (associate of science) degrees are especially easy to find a major and finish within the two year time period. You can get a degree in liberal arts, get most of your general education credits completed and be ready to transfer into a bachelor degree program when you’re finished. Community colleges are known for providing more hybrid and online classes. These are flexible options for college students that you won’t find at many public universities.

Saving Some Green

The choice to go into the military is usually about finding a good way to provide for yourself and family. Community colleges help with that. Associate’s degrees take less time and also cost less than what you will pay at a university. There Is also a high chance that your military experience will earn you credits towards an AS degree. In fact, if you have four or more of years in service, you can pass the general CLEP exams to get out of a bunch of credits, still earning the degree. That saves you a lot of time and energy, as well as money.

Getting the Education

With a lot of schools, you’re going to spend time in a classroom listening to lectures, taking notes, and turning in work. You can do all of this online. Community colleges definitely have more distance learning and online interface programs for college courses. Even though it may seem like an easy way out, it’s still going to earn you more income in the end, because you will have a degree, whereas those who are just going to a four-year, will only get one degree. Many military services also look at college education and like to see that cadets have some education.

Picking the Right School

The best community colleges will also have some kind of ROTC program or military degree program that you can easily transfer into once you’ve finished your credits. You should find a list of schools through the Department of Veteran Affairs who offer ROTC programs and choose one in your area. You can always contact your ESO or Navy College Representative before making any final decisions on colleges.

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