At Hartnell College we offer an AS-T, AS, and CT. I agree with other posts that the CT encourages completion of the Degree. It also seems that students work towards the CT when seeking employment in the hopes that it will make them better candidates.
At Napa Valley College we have a transfer degree (useless more most students) and a local AS degree. We offer a 21-unit AJ certificate, 9-1-1 dispatcher certificate and we are in the process of addding two more - an AJ Mental Health/Addiction certificate and an AJ Community Policing certificate. 9-1-1 dispatcher and two new certificates are low-unit certificates intended to strengthen the pathway to a degree.
Hey David, this is my take on certificates. They help the students the most because I believe students are more encouraged and feel as though they are making progress and see light at the end of the tunnel with certificates. I don't think employers necessarily place much value on them except that it does show that a student is able to start and finish something which demonstrates good time management skills and discipline.
David Main here from San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton. Curious as to how many of your programs offer some type of certiciate (non POST) in addtion to your AS or AA degrees. We offer a Law Enforcement Certificate and Corrections certificate and just wanted to see how many offer the same. And the value of those certiciates is what I question. I am not finding many employers that place high vlaue on the certificates but wanted to check here.
Any thoughts or input greatly appreciated.