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Westmoreland County Community College (WCCC) offers more than 75 programs of study that provide you with endless opportunities.  Our expert faculty give you the specialized attention you need in classes that average 17 students.

Many programs enable you to start your career after graduation, giving you the necessary skills for many in-demand occupations.  These programs also give you the preparation you need to continue your education.  WCCC also offers many benefits to graduates whose goal is to attend a four-year school immediately after earning their associate’s degree.  We have many transfer agreements with area colleges and universities, which will help you seamlessly transfer to a four-year institution.  Starting your education at WCCC by earning your associate’s degree will save you thousands in tuition dollars.  Let Westmoreland County Community College help you achieve your educational and career goals!

WCCC Credential Gives you Length of program
Certificate The specialized skills you need to move into an entry-level job 6 courses / 1 semester*
Diploma Advanced skills to move you into a job or seek a promotion 11 courses / 2 semesters*
Associate of Applied Science Degree The credential required or preferred by some employers for employment 21 courses / 4 semesters*
Associate of Arts Degree/Associate of Fine Arts Degree The coursework you need to transfer to a four-year college 21 courses / 4 semesters*

*Reflects average program length and is based on full-time status.

WCCC A to Z

WCCC offers associate of applied science degrees (AAS), associate of arts degree (AA), associate of fine arts degrees (AFA), diploma programs and certificate programs.

ASSOCIATE OF ARTS DEGREE

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Business Administration, AA

Criminal Justice, AA

Psychology, AA

Teacher Education, AA

All options offer a foundation curriculum parallel to the first two years of a bachelor of arts degree.

Other AA Transfer Options

All options lead to an associate of arts degree.

Biology

Chemistry

Chiropractic

Communication

Computer Science/Information Systems

Criminal Justice

Engineering

English/Writing/Literature

Health & Physical Education

Health Professions

History

Humanities

Library Science

Mathematics

Physics

Political Science

Pre-Law

Psychology

Sociology

Undecided

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ASSOCIATE OF FINE ARTS

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Art Therapy Option, AFA

Music Option, AFA

Visual Arts Option, AFA

All options offer a foundation curriculum parallel to the first two years of a baccalaureate in fine arts (BFA).

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ACCOUNTING

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Accounting, AAS

Career Opportunities:  junior accountant, accounts payable clerk, assistant accountant, assistant to the CPA, assistant auditor, accounting clerk, payroll accountant and accounting technician

Computer Accounting & Tax Specialist, Certificate

Career Opportunities: payroll, accounts receivable or payable bookkeeping positions, or in the preparation of individual and business income tax returns

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ALLIED HEALTH

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Clinical Laboratory Technology, AAS

Career Opportunities: clinical laboratory technician positions

Dental Assisting, Diploma

Career Opportunities: dental assistant positions in general and specialty dentist practices and hospital dental clinics

Dental Hygiene, AAS

Career Opportunities: dental hygienist positions in private dental practices, dental specialty practices, hospital and industrial clinics, correctional institutions, government health agencies, insurance companies and military services

Diagnostic Medical Sonography, AAS

Career Opportunities: diagnostic medical sonography positions in regional medical centers, hospitals, diagnostic centers, clinics and doctor’s offices

Expanded Functions Dental Assisting, Certificate

Career Opportunities: program provides the advanced training in the skills delegated as legal functions for the expanded functions dental assistant by the Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry

Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Certificate

Career Opportunities: MRI technologist positions in hospitals, stand-alone medical imaging centers and mobile MRI providers

Medical Assisting, Diploma

Career Opportunities: medical assistant positions in doctor’s offices, clinics and health maintenance organizations

Nursing, AAS, Diploma 

Career Opportunities: nursing positions in a variety of healthcare settings

Phlebotomy/Specimen Processing, Certificate

Career Opportunities: phlebotomist positions in physicians’ offices, blood banks, hospitals and phlebotomy units; specimen processor positions in hospital laboratories, physician office groups and free-standing surgical facilities

Radiology Technology, AAS

Career Opportunities: radiographer positions in hospitals, medical imaging centers, mobile radiography providers and private physician offices

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BUSINESS

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Financial Management Option, AAS, Certificate

Career Opportunities: corporate finance and banking

General Management Option, AAS, Certificate

Career Opportunities: assistant managers, production managers, management trainees, department supervisors, quality control officers, warehouse managers and inventory managers

Human Resource Management Option, AAS, Certificate

Career Opportunities: compensation management specialists, safety management specialists, general human resources management specialists

Marketing Management Option, AAS, Certificate

Career Opportunities: assistant marketing managers, junior advertising executives, product managers, product designers, administrative assistants, project managers, public relations and media jobs

Real Estate Management Option, AAS, Certificate

Career Opportunities: real estate brokers, property managers, property developers, personal financial planners

Small Business Management Option, AAS, Certificate

Career Opportunities: assistant managers, junior department heads, administrative assistants, front-line supervisors

Supply Chain Management, AAS, Certificate

Career Opportunities: customer service representatives; shipping, receiving and traffic clerks; production, planning and expediting clerks; wholesale and retail buyers; purchasing agents; procurement clerks; transportation managers; storage and distribution managers; logistics managers; and supply chain managers

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COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS

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Computer Information Security, AAS, Certificate

Career Opportunities: analysts or consultants in private investigation or security firms, corporate security managers, Internet security consultants, security technicians

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COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY

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Networking Option, AAS, Certificate

Career Opportunities: network administrators, network engineers, systems analysts, network technicians, technical sales representatives, customer service representatives, technical support analysts, IT trainers

Programming for the Enterprise Option, AAS

Career Opportunities: computer programmers, junior systems analysts, programmer analysts, technical sales representatives, technical support analysts, web developers

Technical Support Option, AAS

Career Opportunities: technical support technicians, LAN technicians, junior systems analysts, technical sales representatives, customer service technicians, help-desk analysts, IT trainers

Telecommunications Option, AAS, Diploma

Career Opportunities: network support technicians, WAN/LAN technicians, junior systems analysts, customer service representatives, help-desk analysts, IT trainers

Computer Technology, Diploma

Career Opportunities: technical support technicians, technical sales representatives, customer service technicians, help-desk analysts, IT trainers

Database Application Development, Certificate

Career Opportunities: database administrators, database operators, customer service representatives, technical sales representatives, technical support analysts, database trainers

Fiber Optic Technologies, Certificate

Career Opportunities: fiber optic technicians, fiber optic cable installation technicians, fiber optic cable restoration specialists, technical sales representatives, customer service representatives, fiber optic technical support analysts, fiber optics procurement specialists

Microcomputer Support, Certificate

Career Opportunities: technical support technicians, junior systems analysts, technical sales representatives, customer service technicians, help-desk analysts, IT trainers

Programming, Certificate

Career Opportunities: computer programmers, programmer analysts, technical sales representatives, technical support analysts, web developers

Web Development, Certificate

Career Opportunities: computer programmers, programmer analysts, technical sales representatives, technical support analysts, web developers

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CENTER FOR CULINARY ARTS & HOSPITALITY

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Baking & Pastry, AAS, Certificate, Diploma

Career Opportunities: pastry cooks, pastry chefs, executive pastry chefs, baker, cake decorator, baking sales representatives, institutional baker/pastry chef, retail baker/pastry chef, wholesale baker/pastry chef, production supervisor, food batch maker, operations manager, sales representative, training specialist

Casino/Gaming, Certificate

Career Opportunities: casino hosts, change attendants, slot floor attendants, slot floor supervisors, marketing representatives, cage cashiers, surveillance/security personnel, wait staff bartenders and bar assistants

Culinary Arts, AAS, Diploma

Career Opportunities: cook, working chef, sous chef, personal chef, sales representative, executive chef, culinary educator and manager

Dietetic Technology/Nutritional Services Management, AAS

Career Opportunities: dietetic technician, dietary manager and health care support positions in long-term care facilities, retirement centers, child nutrition and school lunch program, hospitals, public health nutrition programs, food service systems management firms

Dining Room Management, Certificate

Career Opportunities: dining room manager, maître’d, customer service specialist, training specialist positions in resorts, restaurants, lodging and institutional facilities

Hotel/Motel Management, Certificate

Career Opportunities: hotel assistant managers; food, beverage and banquet assistants; convention and special event coordinators; sales representatives; department managers; assistants for lodging facilities

Restaurant/Culinary Management, AAS, Certificate, Diploma

Career Opportunities: general operations manager, catering manager, restaurant sales representative, restaurant manager, assistant restaurant manager, food service director, assistant food service director, food purchasing agent, party planner, dining room manager, sales and marketing manager, training and development specialist, customer service manager

Travel, Tourism & Lodging Management, AAS

Career Opportunities: hotel/motel managers or assistant managers; food, beverage and banquet managers or assistants; convention and special event coordinators; sales managers; department managers or assistants for lodging facilities; travel wholesalers; customer service representatives; tour guides; tourist promotion representatives

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GRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS

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Graphics & Publishing Option, AAS, Certificate

Career Opportunities: assistant graphic designers and multimedia artists/animators, prepress technicians, print binding/finishing technicians, free-lance artists

Web & Mobile Design Option, AAS, Certificate

Career Opportunities: assistant art directors, computer support specialists, graphic designers, multimedia artists/animators, in-store customer sales/service representatives, self-employment

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HORTICULTURE

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Floriculture Option, AAS, Certificate

Career Opportunities: greenhouse growers, garden center managers, interior plantscapers, floral shop managers, self-employment

Landscape Design, Installation & Maintenance Option, AAS

Career Opportunities: landscape designers, managers, estimators, technicians,
self-employment

Turfgrass Management Option AAS, Certificate

Career Opportunities: turf care professionals, golf course or athletic field superintendents, lawn care technicians

Horticulture, Certificate

Career Opportunities: technicians in nurseries, garden center or landscaping companies

Landscape Design, Certificate

Career Opportunities: landscape designers, consultants, technicians

Landscape Installation & Maintenance, Certificate

Career Opportunities: technicians, foremen in landscape installation and maintenance

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OFFICE TECHNOLOGY

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Medical Administration Option, AAS, Diploma, Certificate

Career Opportunities: front office personnel, medical registrars, medical secretaries, billing specialists, insurance verifiers, entry level coders, claims processors, unit secretaries

Office Administration Option, AAS, Diploma, Certificate

Career Opportunities: administrative assistants, executive office managers, office managers, executive secretaries, receptionists, personnel clerks, word processors

Customer Service, Certificate

Career Opportunities: customer service assistants, representatives, office managers, technical support clerks, customer service clerks, administrative assistants

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PUBLIC SERVICES

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Criminal Justice, AAS

Career Opportunities: private investigator, corrections officer, security manager, police officer, youth worker

Information Security Option, AAS

Career Opportunities: corporate security manager, Internet security consultant, security technician

Corrections Officer, Certificate

Career Opportunities: entry-level positions in corrections facility

Education/Pre-K–Grade 4, AAS, Diploma, Certificate

Career Opportunities: preschool teacher, group supervisor, assistant group supervisor, center supervisor, home visitor, self-employed child care center

Education/Early Childhood Director, Certificate

Career Opportunities:  director credential

Human Services, AAS

Career Opportunities: entry-level case aides or caseworkers, resident counselors, entry-level human service positions

Library Science, Certificate

Career Opportunities: entry-level positions in libraries, information centers, schools, government agencies, hospitals, corporations, law firms, museums

Paralegal, AAS, Diploma

Career Opportunities: legal assistant positions at law firms, corporations, government agencies and may specialize in corporate law, real estate, labor law, litigation, domestic law or estates and trusts

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SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY

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Bionanotechnology, AAS

Career Opportunities: lab technician, quality control and manufacturing technician

Forensic Science, Certificate

Career Opportunity: forensic investigator

Science Technology, AAS

Biology Option

Career Opportunities: biological technician; technicians in research,
product development, industrial hygiene, pharmaceutical production, food production, waste water management, microbiology, genetics, cell biology;
sales representative

Chemistry Option

Career Opportunities: technicians in chemical processing, industrial hygiene, product development, chemical manufacturing, pharmaceutical production, food production, waste water analysis, sales representative

Forensics Lab Technician Option

Career Opportunities: crime science technicians, lab technicians, evidence room technicians, fingerprint identification technicians

Medical Applications Option

Career Opportunities: technicians in medical product development, clinical testing or genetics; medical sales or pharmaceutical sales representatives

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TECHNOLOGY, ADVANCED MANUFACTURING & ENGINEERING SCIENCE

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Applied Industrial Technology, AAS

Career Opportunities: general maintenance and repair workers, production managers, manufacturing and technical sales representatives, production workers, machinists, dispatchers, supervisors, electrical technicians, telecommunications technicians, safety specialists

Architectural Drafting & Design, AAS

Career Opportunities: architectural drafter, architectural drafting technician, trainee, first-level CADD operators

Computer Numerical Control Technology, AAS, Certificate

Career Opportunities: CNC programmers, operators, technicians and coordinators

Drafting & Design Technology, AAS

Computer Aided Drafting & Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing Option

Career Opportunities: first-level CADD/CAM operators, designers, project engineers, specialists

Mechanical Drafting & Design Option

Career Opportunities: drafter, detailer, drafting technician, drafting technician trainee, CADD first-level entry position

Electrical Utility Technology, AAS

Career Opportunities: electric utility line worker, lineman, cableman, electrical utility foreman, electrical line supervisor, electrical line contractor

Electronics Engineering Technology, AAS

Career Opportunities: electronics engineering technician, electrical technician, industrial technician

Engineering Technology, AAS

Career Opportunity: assistants to engineers

Fire Science Technology, AAS, Diploma, Certificate

Career Opportunities: arson investigator, housing inspector, 911 dispatcher, firefighter

Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration, AAS, Certificate

Career Opportunities: HVAC instructor, service technician, installer, inside sales person, maintenance technician, contractor, troubleshooter

Homeland Security, AAS, Certificate

Career Opportunities: positions in private security industry, homeland security, emergency management agencies

Industrial Electricity Technology, Certificate

Career Opportunities: industrial electronics maintenance technicians, industrial electronics repair technicians

Machine Technology, AAS, Certificate

Career Opportunities: vary by level of education – mold maker, tool maker, die maker, metal worker, machinist, foreman

Manufacturing Technology, AAS

Manufacturing Process Technology Option

Career Opportunities: manufacturing technicians, automation technicians, electromechanical technicians, plant technicians, method analysis technicians, testing and quality control technicians

Nanofabrication Manufacturing Option

Career Opportunities: manufacturing technicians in semiconductor manufacturing, opto electronics, biomedical applications and microelectro mechanical devices

Mechatronics System, Certificate

Career Opportunities:  successful graduates will earn nationally recognized
Level I Siemens Mechatronics System Certification and be prepared to configure and troubleshoot mechatronics systems throughout the industry

Natural Gas & Oil Technology, Certificate

Career Opportunities: electric/electronics installers; field maintenance; heavy equipment maintenance; water management technicians; measurement and regulation technicians; field safety representatives; crew members of the following: seismic, hydraulic fracturing, casing, drilling, service team, boring team and logging; compressor operator; processing operator; well testing technicians

Occupational Health & Safety, Certificate

Career Opportunities: vary, depending upon existing education and qualifications – safety manager, safety technician, quality/risk manager, EH&S coordinator, corporate safety coordinator, safety specialist, safety inspector, loss control consultant, safety analyst, health and safety consultant

Petroleum & Industrial Process Operation Technology, Certificate

Career Opportunities: gas plant operators, petroleum pump system operators, refinery and chemical plant operators, including industrial machinery mechanics, maintenance and repair workers and general maintenance workers

Robotics Technology, AAS

Career Opportunities: technologist positions in the design, troubleshooting, manufacture, maintenance and repair of robots in various sectors including defense, intelligent vehicle highway systems, food processing and pharmaceutical industries

Welding Engineering Technology, AAS, Certificate

Career Opportunities: welder, welding supervisor, nuclear service technician, QA/QC supervisor, technical sales representative and entrepreneur

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WEB TECHNOLOGY

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Web Publishing Option, AAS, Certificate

Career Opportunities: vary by education level – Web content manager, Web master, technical support, corporate communications and Web site production

Web Development, Certificate

Career Opportunities: computer programmers, systems analysts, PC technicians, programmer analysts, technical sales representatives, technical support analysts, Web developers

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