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Associate of Technical Study Major

Associate of Technical Study

Associate of Technical Study

Key Program Features: Small class sizes, professional opportunities, and an engaging faculty.

The Associate of Technical Study (ATS) is awarded for successful completion of a minimum of 60 credit hours of an individually planned technical education program designed to respond to a student’s need for specialized technical education not currently available in the formal degree programs available at Hocking College, an Ohio technical college.

The typical technical student is seeking a unique, flexible degree that combines two or more technical degree programs from Hocking College, needs a degree as soon as possible for their current job, or has already completed many technical credits but lacks focus in one specific technology.

The Associate of Technical Study program must have an area of concentration that is equivalent to 30 credit hours in technical studies and clearly identifiable with a career objective. The area of concentration can be formed either by:

  • A coherent combination of technical study courses selectively drawn from two or more technical programs currently offered by Hocking College to serve a career objective which would not be adequately addressed by one of those existing programs; or
  • Courses completed or training received at other institutions of higher education, vocational centers, or other educational enterprises judged by Hocking College to be of college level to a maximum of 30 credit hours, prior to the declaration of candidacy for the degree.

In preparing your Associate of Technical Study degree plan you will:

  • Enroll in GS 1137, Associate of Technical Study Degree Development Seminar if you have 30 credits or less on your Hocking College transcript;
  • Submit occupational documentation for the career requiring a blend of technologies as a part of your application for an Associate of Technical Study degree. One of the following may be used:
    • Job Description from the industry or other third party source;
    • Letter from an employer; or,
    • Document from the industry regarding qualifications required.
  • Select degree programs to blend together to fit this career’s needs; and,
  • Select academic advisors from each area of concentration to sit on your degree approval committee.

This technical study program allows Hocking College to call itself one of the most comprehensive Ohio technical schools. As an Ohio technical college, Hocking prepares students for the workforce by providing a technical degree that is built upon a strong, but flexible basis that caters to a variety of students’ needs - the Associate of Technical Study is another great degree option provided by Hocking College.


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2018 - 2019 Associate of Technical Study in Associate of Technical Study

Total Credit Hours:

Estimated Course Fees:

Class Hours: 9.0
Lab Hours: 0.0

Total Credit Hours:

Estimated Course Fees:

Class Hours: 9.0
Lab Hours: 0.0


Hocking College Reserves the right to modify curricular requirements, to change course content, and change course fees at any time.
  COURSE NO. CORE REQUIREMENT Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  GS-1135 AIS & ATS Degree Development 1.00 0.00 1.00 $30.00
  COMM-1130 Speech 3.00 0.00 3.00 $40.00
  *** Math Elective 0.00 0.00 4.00  
  *** Social Science/Psychology Elective 0.00 0.00 3.00  
  *** Natural Science Elective 0.00 0.00 3.00  
  ENGL-1104 Job Search Techniques 1.00 0.00 1.00 $15.00
  ENGL-1510 English Composition I 4.00 0.00 4.00 $50.00
    Totals 9.00 0.00 19.00 $135.00
Class Hours: 9.00 Lab Hours: 0.00 Cost: $135.00

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The Associate of Indivualized Studies is a Part of the Hocking Advantage

Student Learning Outcomes 

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are statements of what a student will be able to do when they have completed a program. They represent the knowledge and skills a program has determined are most important for students to gain from that program and include both the Success Skills (institutional outcomes) and Program Outcomes. SLOs are specific and measurable so the program can accurately assess the degree to which students have achieved each outcome, and they align with college and institution mission and values. Data on the achievement of SLOs is used to make improvements in the program and increase student success. 

Success Skills

  • CE - Communicates Effectively
  • PA - Maintains Professional Skills and Attitudes
  • CT - Demonstrates Learning Critical Thinking, and Problem Solving Skills
  • ET - Maintains a Code of Ethics
  • HR - Practices Human Relations Skills
  • MS - Demonstrates Math Skills
  • GA - Demonstrates Community, Cultural and Global Awareness
  • IT - Implements Career-Appropriate Technology

To learn more about each of these, click here.

Program Outcomes

The following outcomes are skills, behaviors, and attitudes cultivated in students seeking an Associate of Technical Study Major. 

  • The Associate of Technical Study Major is a customized program designed to meet the career goals of the individual student.

Retention Rates

Retention rates are determined by the office of Institutional Research utilizing the following criteria:
  • All registered fall/autumn students with registration status for the following fall/autumn.
  • Excludes special populations - College Credit Plus, Non Degree, Online Military and University Center.
  • Potential for upcoming fall/autumn excludes graduates from that fall/autumn, spring and summer terms.
Academic Year Retention Rate
2016 - 2017 45%
2015 - 2016 50%
2014 - 2015 29%

2017 - 2018 Retention Rate: N/A

2016 - 2017 Retention Rate: N/A

2015 - 2016 Retention Rate: N/A

2014 - 2015 Retention Rate: N/A

2013 - 2014 Retention Rate: N/A


Graduation Rates 

Graduation rates are determined by the office of Institutional Research. To ensure appropriate time for data collection, this report will be run and posted annually in the last week of September for the previous academic year. It should be noted that annual graduation rates may change as students continue to graduate. The following criteria will be utilized for the calculation of graduation rates:

  • Overall Program Completion Rate is defined as a percentage of the ratio: 

    All graduates of the program
    All students with the program in their history of programs of study

  • For the purposes of reporting, the program completion rates are aggregated by academic year of entry.
  • A student is considered to have completed or graduated from a program or certificate by virtue of having been awarded the degree or certificate.
  • A student is considered to be undertaking activity in a program of study for the duration of time that they are in an active status in a program or certificate. This is defined by having a Program of Study with a status of ‘A’ during the duration of time they are taking coursework.  Should a student move in and out of active status in a program of study while continuing to take coursework, we only take into account the student’s activity while the program has an active status for that particular program of study.
Academic Year Graduation Rate
2016 - 2017 6.11%
2015 - 2016 41.94%
2014 - 2015 34.29%

2017 - 2018 Graduation Rate: N/A

2016 - 2017 Graduation Rate: N/A

2015 - 2016 Graduation Rate: N/A


2017 - 2018 Employment Rate: N/A

2016 - 2017 Employment Rate: N/A

2015 - 2016 Employment Rate: N/A

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