FKCC offers an array of associate degrees and career training programs to suit your academic and professional goals.  Read below to learn more about the different educational paths available to you at FKCC. Contact an academic advisor to help build your educational plan.

B.A.S. → Work and/or Master’s Degree
A.A. → Bachelor’s Degree

A.S. → Work and/or Bachelor’s Degree
A.A.S. → Work
Certificate → Work and/or A.S., A.A.S.
PSAV → Work


Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.)
The Bachelor of Applied Science degree is designed to provide individuals who hold an Associate in Arts (AA) or Associate in Science (AS) degree the opportunity to further their education. The course of study is equivalent to those offered to junior and senior students in the upper division of Florida’s colleges and universities.

Associate in Arts (A.A.)
The Associate in Arts degree is a transfer degree that provides a course of study equivalent to those offered to freshman and sophomore students in the lower division of Florida’s state universities. The degree includes 36 hours of general education which parallels the university requirements and 24 hours of electives in preparation for a major area of study.

Associate in Science (A.S.)
The Associate in Science degree is a transfer degree. It is a 60-plus college credit degree intended to prepare students for immediate employment in a specific occupational area and prepares students to transfer into the Florida State University System. The degree requires the completion of at least fifteen to eighteen credit hours of transferable general education courses, as well as transferable technical courses. The general education courses will transfer and apply toward the thirty-six hours required for the baccalaureate degree in the Florida State University System.

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)
The Associate in Applied Science degree is a college-level/technical degree. Graduates are prepared for immediate entry into the workforce and have the communications, and problem solving, and academic skills necessary to successfully compete in the job market and advance in the workforce. The Associate in Applied Science degree provides the same career preparation as the Associate in Science degree but is not designed as a college transfer program. The degree may transfer to some universities under special articulation agreements between the College and the university.

College Credit Certificate
A technical certificate is a program of study of less than sixty credits of college-level technical courses that prepares students with the opportunity for immediate employment in a specific occupational field. It generally does not require the completion of general education courses. The certificate may be part of an Associate in Science or Associate in Applied Science degree.

Applied Technical Diploma
The ATD consists of a course of study that is part of an Associate in Science (A.S.) or an Associate in Applied Science degree (A.A.S.), is less than sixty (60) credit hours, is approximately fifty (50) percent of the technical component (non-general education), and leads to employment in a specific occupation. An applied technology diploma program may consist of either technical credit or college credit.

Vocational  Certificate (PSAV)
A Vocational Certificate is a program of study usually one year or less consisting of a prescribed number of vocational credits (non-college level credit). The program focuses on providing students with the specific skills for immediate job entry. The Vocational Certificate is awarded upon completion of all vocational program courses and demonstration of attainment of predetermined and specified performance requirements.

It is important that a student select appropriate courses in both the General Education and university transfer program areas. An FKCC advisor can assist with course selection, or students can use the Florida Virtual Campus on-line system, as detailed in this catalog section.

Nicole Gerrard, Academic Advisor — 305- 809-3262 or

Mark LaHood – 305-809-3269 or

Madeleine Lowe- 305-809-3277 or

Karen Powers, Academic Advisor at the Middle Keys Center and Upper Keys Center – 305- 809-3146 or