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    Lamar Community College
   
 
  Dec 12, 2017
 
 
    
College Catalog 2017-2018

Areas of Study


Degree and Certificate Options

Students at Lamar Community College have the option of focusing their academic pursuits within one of four degrees or several certificates. The requirements for these are described below. Specific information regarding the various academic programs available within the degree and certificate options can be found in the programs section.

Degrees with Designation

In cooperation with the Colorado Commission on Higher Education and CCCS, LCC is now able to give students options for majors within the Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees and place the major on a student’s transcripts and diploma. Additional majors may be added in upcoming academic years. In the 2017-2018  academic year, current options include: 

  •  Agriculture Business, A.S.
  •  Animal Science, A.S.
  •  Business, A.A.
  •  Criminal Justice, A.A.
  •  Early Childhood Education, A.A.
  •  Economics, A.A.
  •  Elementary Teacher Education, A.A.
  •  Equine Science, A.S.
  •  History, A.A.
  •  Soil & Crop Science, A.S.
  •  Psychology, A.A.
  •  Psychology, A.S.

LCC students may have to choose online courses to complete these degrees.

Associate of Arts (A.A.) Degree

The Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree at Lamar Community College provides a foundation in communications, social and behavioral sciences, the arts and humanities. It is designed primarily for those students intending to continue at a four-year college or university. Students who enroll in an A.A. degree program must complete a minimum of 60 credit hours. For Associate of Arts degree plans, please consult the Degree and Certificate section.

  Associate of Science (A.S.) Degree

The Associate of Science (A.S.) degree at Lamar Community College provides a foundation in mathematics and sciences. It is designed primarily for those students intending to continue at a four-year college or university. Students who enroll in an A.S. degree program must complete a minimum of 60 credit hours.

A student may choose to pursue a plan of study while obtaining an Associate of Science degree.  Access degree plans for general and specific requirements (www.lamarcc.edu or contact an advisor). Students who are planning on transferring to a four-year institution may refer to the receiving institution’s catalog or web site for information regarding transferability of LCC coursework. The LCC Transfer Coordinator can also be of assistance.

Plan of Study in Sports & Exercise Science  

The LCC plan of study in Sports & Fitness Management includes classes teaching the hands-on skills needed for care and prevention of athletic injuries as well as supervised opportunities to apply these skills to athletes. There is rigorous coursework in the anatomy and physiology of sports injuries. This Associate of Science degree is designed to prepare a student to transfer to a bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training, Pre-physical Therapy, Sports and Conditioning or other sports-related areas. Without further preparation, our course of study in Sports and Fitness Management prepares a student to take the National Council on Strength and Fitness certified personal trainer exam (NCSF-CPT). Successful completion of this exam results in certification as a Certified Personal Trainer.

Associate of General Studies (A.G.S.) Degree

The Associate of General Studies degree at Lamar Community College is designed primarily for those students who wish to pursue a broad program of career and transfer coursework without the constraints of subject specialization. There are also emphasis areas within the A.G.S. degree which enable students to pursue a particular academic interest in greater depth. While the A.G.S. degree is not designed specifically to enable transfer to a four-year institution, it can be used for that purpose. Transferability depends upon the courses taken and the requirements of the receiving institution. A student who enrolls in an A.G.S. degree program at Lamar Community College must complete a total of 60 credit hours consisting of at least 18 credit hours in general education courses, 39 credit hours of elective coursework, and 3 credit hours of LCC requirements. For Associate of General Studies degree plans, please consult the Degree and Certificate section.

Emphasis Areas in A.G.S. Degree

Courses listed in the following emphasis areas relate to an area of academic interest and are offered as recommendations to those students wishing to pursue a particular academic interest in greater depth. Students who are planning to transfer to a four-year institution may refer to that institution’s catalog for information regarding transferability of LCC coursework. The LCC Transfer Coordinator can also be of assistance.

Emphasis in Agriculture  

This plan of study prepares students who are considering transferring into four-year programs within Agricultural Business, Agricultural Education, Agricultural Extension, Agronomy, Animal Science, Equine Science, Farm and Ranch Management, Pre-vet, and Agricultural Communications.

Emphasis in Criminal Justice  

This area of study provides legal, technical, and procedural knowledge and skill necessary for students pursuing a career in law enforcement or corrections.

Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S) Degree

The Associate of Applied Science degree at Lamar Community College prepares students for entry-level employment in a given occupation. It is designed primarily for those students intending to seek employment opportunities upon completion. However, four-year institutions accept some A.A.S. coursework toward specific baccalaureate programs. If a student plans to transfer to a four-year institution, he/she should refer to the receiving institution’s catalog for information regarding transferability of LCC coursework. The LCC Transfer Coordinator can also be of assistance. For Associate of Applied Science degree plans, consult the Degree and Certificate section.

Associate of Applied Science in Agriculture Production/Agri-Business  

This degree is designed for the student whose career goals include direct involvement in production agriculture or agribusiness as owner, operator, working manager, or partner. Students have the opportunity to acquire skills and knowledge needed to be successful in the agriculture industry, and students also focus on their emphasis areas through internships.

Associate of Applied Science in Applied Technology  

Available to students who have successfully completed technical coursework for a state-approved Career & Technical Education certificate in one of the four area vocational technical schools (AVTS). Colorado’s AVTS are: Delta-Montrose Area Vocational Technical Center, Emily Griffith Opportunity School, San Juan Basin Area Vocational School, and T.H. Pickens Technical Center. Students complete at least 15 credits of selected general education courses at LCC to earn an A.A.S. degree.

The college strongly recommends that students complete a transcript review with an LCC advisor prior to selecting this option.

Associate of Applied Science in Business  

While the Desktop Publishing/Business Graphics and Business Certificates offer curricula which integrate business and information technology, the flexible AAS in Business allows students to expand both their knowledge and career opportunities.  It prepares students for first line supervisory roles in office settings demanding data entry, PowerPoint presentation, word processing, desktop publishing, and posting/billing skills.

Associate of Applied Science in Computer Information Systems

Associate of Applied Science in Construction Trades

This comprehensive two year degree program prepares students to pursue a variety of professional career opportunities in the construction trades industry immediately upon graduation or continue their education at the next level. The curriculum stresses a balance of classroom, technical and experiential learning within the context of a craft ethic. Students are introduced to the variety of construction trades through a sound theoretical foundation followed by an emphasis in developing the trades’ skills necessary to work with a specialty or general contractor. Students may choose to concentrate their hands-on experience in carpentry, painting, electrical, masonry, plumbing or the welding trades. The program places special emphasis on place based learning.

Associate of Applied Science in Cosmetology  

The AAS in Cosmetology is designed both to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to complete the exam for licensure as a cosmetologist and to earn general education credits for a more well-rounded course of study. 

 Associate of Applied Science in Horse Training & Management, Barrel Horse Training or Equine Business Management  

LCC offers three Associate of Applied Science degrees and three certificate options that prepare students for employment in a variety of areas in the equine industry. While these programs are not intended for transfer, some institutions may accept some or all of the coursework toward a bachelor’s degree. Consult with an academic advisor or LCC’s Transfer Coordinator for more information concerning transfer opportunities.

A student may pursue either  Horse Training & Management , Barrel Horse Training , or an Equine Business Management  program of study. Classroom and practical laboratory experience is provided in both program options. If a student plans to transfer to a four-year institution, he or she may consider an A.G.S. Degree with an Equine Science emphasis (See AGS Agriculture - Transfer).

The curriculum of the HTM and EBM programs are arranged in a sequential series of courses designed to effectively combine theory with practical experience. Therefore, students may enter the program only during fall semester and are expected to progress through the sequence of courses in a two-year period.

Admission Requirements

In addition to general admission requirements for LCC, those seeking acceptance in HTM or EBM programs must complete personal and riding interviews on campus during the year prior to fall enrollment. Interview dates and additional information may be found at www.lamarcc.edu/academics/htm/htm_degrees.html.

Associate of Applied Science in Business Marketing/Management  

This degree program is designed to provide the student with the skills and knowledge necessary to plan, organize, influence, and control organizational resources to achieve goals in a dynamic business environment. Successful graduates are able to apply their knowledge in ways that benefit businesses and decision-making processes from technological, financial, marketing, management or other relevant business perspectives. The goal of the program is to provide students with the practical skills and competencies that are important elements in enhancing employability in business marketing and management careers.

 

Associate of Applied Science in Historic Preservation  

This comprehensive two year Associate of Applied Science degree program prepares students to pursue a variety of professional career opportunities in the historic preservation industry immediately upon graduation or continue their education at the next level. The curriculum stresses a balance of classroom, technical and experiential learning within the context of a craft ethic. Students are introduced to the building arts through a sound theoretical foundation followed by an emphasis in developing the crafting skills necessary to execute historic building preservation interventions. The core materials sciences of wood, masonry, and metals are complimented by a broad spectrum of electives. Students may choose to concentrate their hands-on experience in the construction or decorative arts components of historic preservation treatment. The program places special emphasis on place based learning. The curriculum meets the standards set by the National Council for Preservation Education.  

Associate of Applied Science in Nursing  

The LCC Nursing Program is an Associate Degree program comprised of two levels. Level I is the first year of the Associate Degree Nursing Program. Students have the option to sit for the PN licensure exam (NCLEX-PN) upon the successful completion of Level I. Level II is the second year of the program. Students who have completed Level I may go directly on to Level II. Level II is also open to L.P.N.’s seeking an Associate Degree in Nursing and transfer students. Level II completers are awarded an A.A.S. Degree in Nursing and qualify to sit for the R.N. licensure exam (NCLEX-RN). For Nursing degree plan, please consult the Degree and Certificate section of this catalog.

For additional information regarding LCC’s nursing program, including admission requirements, see the Nursing Student Handbook on LCC’s website at www.lamarcc.edu/nursing

Associate of Applied Science in Renewable Energy Technologies  

The Renewable Energy Technologies Associate of Applied Science degree is a program designed for students interested in the manufacturing, repair, installation and maintenance of photovoltaic systems, wind turbines, solar thermal systems and biofuel equipment. Students will learn about design requirements, welding, installation guidelines, materials and resources, green buildings, safety issues, maintenance and trouble shooting. This program will include training in energy auditing for commercial and residential applications.

Associate of Applied Science in Welding: Fabrication  

This degree program is designed to train students in basic, intermediate and advanced welding applications.  Students who complete this degree will be qualified for a variety of career opportunities in the welding industry.

 


Certificate Options

In addition to the four types of degrees available through Lamar Community College, students may earn a Certificate of Study by successfully completing specific sequences of coursework. Certificate programs are designed to prepare students for entry level jobs in occupational and professional areas. They also provide the opportunity to upgrade skills or acquire additional skills in occupational fields. Students enrolling in certificate programs are subject to the same basic skills requirements as those enrolling in degree programs.

Certificates are available at LCC in the following programs/areas:

Program Credits
   Accounting   32
   Advanced Horsemanship  28
   Agriculture 25.5
   Barber 50
   Building Preservation Specialist 1 16
   Building Preservation Specialist 2 16
   Business Certificate 16
   Preservation Research Specialist 16
   Construction Trades Essentials 16
   Computer Technician I 16
   Cosmetology 60
   Desktop Publishing and Business Graphics 18
   Electrical Certificate 39
   Emergency Medical Technician - Basic 12
   Emergency Medical Technician - Intermediate 15
   Fundamental Horse Training 24
   Hair Stylist 40
   Nail Technician 20
   Nurse Aide  6
   Practical Nursing (Level I ADN) 60
   Small Business Management Records & Computerization 18
   Small Business Management Financial Analysis & Planning 18
   Small Business Management Marketing Planning 18
   Small Business Management Marketing & E-Commerce 18
   Small Business Management - Small Business Planning 18
   Starting Colts 28
   Veterinary Science 36
   Welding  38.5
   Welding: Basic 16
   Welding: Intermediate 16
   Welding: Advanced 16

Accounting Certificate

This one year program teaches the student basic accounting and payroll skills and offers more accounting theory than the bookkeeping certificate program. It augments a student’s basic writing skills as well. With electives, the student may pursue additional knowledge in income tax, business law, business report writing, and/or accounting software packages. The certificate prepares the student to be a full charge bookkeeper in an accounting department and equips the student with the skills needed to advance beyond that level. The program gives the student the necessary academic background to complete an associate or bachelor’s degree in accounting, if one so desires.

Advanced Horsemanship Certificate

This one-year certificate within the Horse Training and Management program builds upon skills and knowledge acquired in the Starting Colts certificate program. It combines hands-on experience with a one-semester internship with a professional trainer. For the Advanced Horsemanship Certificate plan, consult the Degree and Certificate section.

Admission to this certificate program requires successful completion of the Starting Colts certificate program, or permission of the program instructors.

Agriculture Certificate

This one-year certificate allows students to focus solely on agriculture studies. It introduces students to the basics of animal science, agronomy and ag business. For the Agriculture Certificate plan, consult the Degree and Certificate section.

Barber Certificate

The Barber certificate is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to complete the exam for licensure as a barber, including working with the scalp and hair of the head, performing face shaving and beard trimming and basic barber facials. Instruction is provided through classroom, clinical, and applied learning activities.  It offers the newest techniques and hands-on experience needed, as well as the business skills and management preparation to launch a successful career in the barbering industry.  The course of study has been approved by the Colorado State Office of Barbers and Cosmetology.

Building Preservation Specialists 1 Certificate

This certificate prepares graduates to pursue a variety of career opportunities in construction, sustainable building, and historic preservation industries.  The curriculum stresses a balance of classroom, lab, and experiential learning. 

Building Preservation Specialist 2 Certificate

This certificate prepares graduates to pursue a variety of career opportunities in construction, sustainable building,  and historic preservation industries.  The curriculum stresses a balance of classroom, lab, and experiential learning. 

Business Certificate

Today’s business support personnel perform functions in coordination of various activities in an organization. Upon successful completion of the Business Certificate program, students possess basic skills and knowledge necessary for an entry-level position in a business organization. For the Business certificate plan, consult the Degree and Certificate section.

Constructions Trades Essentials Certificate

This Certificate provides entry-level as well as upgrading skills courses in commercial and residential carpentry practice. The program is offered on an open enrollment basis. Students may complete certain courses to enter the workforce then return to complete the program or to upgrade skills.

Computer Technician I Certificate

This certificate prepares a student for an entry level position as a computer technician. It focuses on computer repair, installation and maintenance of operating systems, and basic security principles. Electives allow the student to learn more about networking for the small and home office, advanced security, computer forensics and/or data recovery.

Cosmetology Certificate

The Cosmetology Department offers four certificate programs designed to provide the successful graduate with the skills and knowledge needed to acquire licensure in these fields. The course of study in each field has been approved by the Colorado State Office of Barbers and Cosmetology. The Cosmetology certificate is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills necessary to complete the exam for licensure as a cosmetologist. Instruction is provided through classroom, clinical, and applied learning activities delivered in three phases: introduction, intermediate, and advanced. Students may enter the program in the fall, spring, or summer semester.

Desktop Publishing/Business Graphics Certificate

This certificate program prepares students for jobs requiring knowledge of and skill in word processing, image manipulation, font selection and use, and other small-scale publishing tasks. For the Desktop Publishing/Business Graphics Certificate plan, please consult the Degree and Certificate section.

Electrical Certificate

The Electrical Certificate provides entry-level courses as well as courses for upgrading skills in electrical technology.  The program is offered on an open enrollment basis.  Students may complete certain courses to enter the workforce then return to complete the program or to upgrade skills.

Emergency Medical Technician - Basic Certificate

Successful completion of the Emergency Medical Technician - Basic certificate allows a student to sit for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Basic Exam.  The curriculum includes basic trauma and medical assessment as well as treatment of the sick and injured.  Note:  Students must be 18 years of age or older to qualify to take the licensure exam for EMT-Basic.

Emergency Medical Technician - Intermediate Certificate

This certificate program builds on the Emergency Medical Technician - Basic Certificate and is designed to prepare the student for eligibility for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians -Intermediate Exam.   NOTE:  Students must be 18 years of age in order to qualify to take the licensure exam for EMT Intermediate.

Fundamental Horse Training Certificate

This one-year certificate within the HTM program is designed to provide students with fundamental knowledge and skills to prepare them for introduction to the Horse Training industry. Students will complete the 100 level courses found in the Horse Training AAS degree but earn a certificate of study.

Hair Stylist Certificate

The Hair Stylist Certificate is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to complete the exam for licensure as a hair stylist. Instruction is provided through classroom, clinical, and applied learning activities delivered in three phases: introduction, intermediate, and advanced. Courses are offered in the fall semester only. For the Hair Stylist Certificate plan, please consult the Degree and Certificate section.

Nail Technician Certificate

The Nail Technician Certificate is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to complete the exam for licensure as a nail technician. Instruction is provided through classroom, clinical, and applied learning activities delivered in three phases: introduction, intermediate, and advanced. Courses are offered in the summer semester only.

Nurse Aide Certificate

This program prepares students for employment as nurse aides in hospitals, skilled care and other health care facilities. Students will learn to become direct caregivers as a part of a team. Entering students must pass a background check through LCC prior to enrollment.  Additionally they must complete CPR (Basic Life Support for Health care Providers) and provide documentation of immunization (2 MMR’s, at least 2 Hepatitis B, Chickenpox, and current TB test) as a requirement for clinical courses.  Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the Colorado National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) for certification through the Board of Nursing.  Approximately an eight week course of study.  For more information see https://lamarcc.edu/academics/occupational-programs/nursing/  

Practical Nursing Certificate

As an option to the two year ladder R.N. program, students may choose to obtain a  Practical Nurse Certificate after successfully completing Level I.  This certificate will allow the student to sit for the PN Licensure Exam (NCLEX-PN).  For information see https://lamarcc.edu/academics/occupational-programs/nursing/         NOTE:  Students must be 16 years of age or older to qualify to take the licensure examination. 

Preservation Research Specialist Certificate 

This certificate prepares the graduate for a variety of career opportunities in construction, sustainable building,  and historic preservation industries.  The curriculum stresses a balance of classroom, lab, and experiential learning. 

Small Business Management Certificates

The five certificates offered in this program are designed specifically for business owner/operator.  New management tools are introduced to business persons, as well as keeping them abreast of the changing environment of business.  Four different certificates are offered and completion of all four certificates will enable the businessperson to analyze financial statements, understand inventory control, complete all tax reports, forecast income and expenses, and learn the value of advertising.  Each certificate is 18 credits and requires a one-year course of study. 

Starting Colts Certificate

This one-year certificate within the HTM program is designed to provide students, through hands-on experience, with the skills and knowledge needed to break colts for riding.

Veterinary Science Certificate

This program is designed to prepare individuals, under the supervision of veterinarians, and animal science professionals, to learn techniques of patient management and clinical procedures. 

Welding Certificate

The Welding Certificate provides entry-level as well as upgrading skills courses in welding technology. The program is offered on an open enrollment basis. Students may complete certain courses to enter the workforce then return to complete the program or to upgrade skills.

Welding Certificate: Basic

The Basic Welding Certificate provides entry-level skills courses in welding technology.  Students who complete the basic welding certificate will be qualified for entry level positions in the welding industry. 

Welding Certificate: Intermediate 

This certificate provides entry level and advancing skills courses in welding technology.  Students who complete this certificate following completion of the basic welding certificate will be prepared for more complex applications in the welding industry. 

Welding Certificate:  Advanced

This certificate provides training in intermediate and advanced skills courses in welding technology.  Students who complete this certificate in addition to the basic and intermediate welding certificates will be qualified for a variety of careers in the welding industry to include pipeline welding in the oil and gas industry.