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TR Campus discusses degree plans, helps students choose paths

By Eric Poe/reporter

Students recently got an inside look at the process of planning their degrees on Trinity River Campus.

Keisha Shelton Harvey, TR counselor, talked to students March 29 about the most efficient way to make headway on earning a degree from TCC.

“TCC offers a wide variety of degree options, which is awesome,” she said.

A college degree plan outlines the requirements of a student’s prospective associate, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree, Harvey said.

The plan is a “list of classes required to be awarded a college degree in a student’s chosen field of study,” she said.

Explaining the different types of degrees that a student can obtain, she focused on the associate degree, which is offered at TCC. Among the degrees are Associate of Arts, Arts in Teaching, Science and Applied Science.

Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees are intended for students who plan on transferring to four-year universities while the Associate of Applied Science is designed to prepare students to enter the workforce at a technical or semi-professional level, Harvey said.

Harvey showed slides listing the certificate programs that TCC offers from accounting paraprofessional to welding technology. One student asked why so few programs were offered on TR.

“Because it is brand new,” Harvey said. “But the programs coming to the TR Campus in 2011 are nursing, health information technology, long term care administration, mental health clinical, physical therapist assistant, radiologic technology, respiratory care and surgical technology.”

Harvey then shifted the topic to summer and fall 2011 information. The most important dates to remember, she said, are April 15, when summer class registration begins, and June 15, when fall registration begins.

Harvey said students need to be aware of an important change.

“There is a new payment policy. Payment of tuition will now be due at the time of registration. If you do not pay, your classes will be dropped,” she said.

Harvey finished by outlining her plan for success for students.

“Plan your degree early,” she said. “It takes a lot of planning. If you need any help, the counselors are here to help these things get done.”

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