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Certificates

To earn a certificate, students must meet these requirements:

  1. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 overall. (Some programs have additional grade and course requirements. Follow the guide sheet for your program and meet with an academic advisor for complete information.) Important: only courses with a 2.0 or better will transfer to most four-year colleges and universities.
  2. A minimum grade of 2.0 in each course that applies towards a degree.
  3. Completion of specific courses in a certificate.
  4. A minimum of 30 credits.
  5. A minimum of 12 credits earned at JC, unless otherwise specified.
  6. A completed Application for Graduation for a certificate submitted by the deadline date to Registration and Records, located in the Student Center, main campus or to any JC Center. Students have five academic years to apply for graduation from the time they completed their last course at JCC. See Graduation and Commencement page 17. Applications are available at all locations, or the JC web site. Official audits are processed by the Registrar’s Office.
  7. Completion of the certificate requirements from any catalog of entry during continuous enrollment. Students who are not continuously enrolled and have completed certificate requirements must meet the requirements of the catalog in effect at the time of graduation application. Students re-entering who have not completed the certificate requirements must follow the catalog in effect at the time of their re-entry date.
  8. Coursework completed within a reasonable time period. This may require repeating certain essential courses, even though a passing grade was previously earned. An essential course involves material that affects skill development and successful performance and/or contains content that is likely to significantly change over time, as determined by appropriate academic departments.
  9. A minimum of six additional hours, beyond those credits completed for one certificate, are required to earn a second certificate. Multiple certificates may be conferred in the same graduation period.

Concentrations

JC offers “concentrations” that are a coordinated set of courses whose purpose is to enable students to quickly achieve a specific occupational goal. Each of these credentials will:

  1. Require no fewer than 16 and no more than 29 credit hours.
  2. Provide a coherent set of skills and knowledge of benefit to students within specific career areas.
  3. Serve as building blocks toward certificates or associate degrees.
  4. Require students to have no developmental education holds or have special permission of the appropriate academic department.

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