Skilled Trades

Skilled Trades

Earn a Degree in Just Six Classes

Designed for those who do not have college degrees and are interested in pursuing further opportunities in supervisory and management positions in the trades, the skilled trades program allows you to earn a degree fast. 

Am I Eligible?

Students who complete a four- or five-year apprenticeship program (defined by a minimum of 8,000 hours of OJL and 576 hours of RTI) approved by the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship (OA) can automatically articulate 46 college credits toward completion of the Skilled Trades associate of applied science (A.A.S.) degree. This leaves only 18 credit hours of prescribed general education courses (6 classes) needed to earn the A.A.S. degree. 

You can start working on these six classes while finishing your apprenticeship training because all six classes are offered during the daytime, evenings, and online. 

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Classes that you can take to earn the Skilled Trades A.A.S. include: 

  • Intro to Computers
  • Elements of Writing
  • Composition
  • Encounters in Humanities
  • Mathematics and Society
  • Intro to Psychology

Program Requirements

To get into the Skilled Trades program, you must complete the following, in addition to Kirkwood’s steps to become a student:

  • Attend a program conference. You'll meet with program advisor Carrie Barker to make sure you meet the apprenticeship qualifications to complete the program.


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