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2019-2020 Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


See Academic Information  for a complete list of Pierpont Community & Technical College Programs.

Other Programs: Advanced Skill Set and Skill Set

In today’s work world in order for students to remain competitive, they must adapt to change by seeking new knowledge and building upon their current talent to create the ability to perform a specific job. The skill set has been developed to assist the student with facing this challenge. Skill sets are typically several courses designed to prepare the student with specialized skills. Often skill sets are part of the Certificate of Applied Science and/or the Associate degree. Advanced Skill Sets are 12 or more but less than 30 credit hours (or noncredit contact hours, equivalent to 12 or more but less than 30 credit hours) and Basic Skill Sets are fewer than 12 credit hours (or noncredit contact hours, equivalent to fewer than 12 credit hours). Successful completion of courses with a GPA of 2.0 or better will receive an Advanced Skill Set or Skill Set Certificate of completion.

Skill Set and Advanced Skill Set programs alone do not qualify for financial aid. Students seeking financial aid eligible degrees may incorporate the classes as electives when their schedule allows or may declare an Associate or Certificate of Applied Science degree major of study in which the courses are embedded.

Pierpont General Education Statement

General education outcomes lay a core foundation of learning and academic background for all Pierpont students and support specific degree programs by demonstrating a continual growth in student learning and knowledge. Requirements may include specific general education courses, embedded course outcomes, or extracurricular experiences that are global or specified for each program of study. In addition, the outcomes reflect current national accreditation and WVCTCS recommendations.

Pierpont faculty are dedicated to supporting the mission of the College and promoting the skills and attitudes that every graduate should possess, thereby enriching the quality of life of our students, and promoting the economic growth of our service region and state.

Each program of study is responsible for determining the appropriate platform for delivery of general education outcomes (specific courses broad in nature, embedded outcomes, extracurricular experiences, etc.) and establishing assessment measures and improvement plans to benefit student learning in their discipline. The General Education Committee is charged with evaluation of the quality and validity of the programmatic plans as related to student learning.

Graduate Outcomes and General Education Essentials

Pierpont faculty, administration, the business community, and our graduates have worked together to identify the following qualities and outcomes that are essential for each Pierpont graduate to possess.

Benchmark program and capstone course assessments will be used to monitor progress for each outcome and are available with your program of study.


Write effectively at college level expectations
Speak effectively at college level expectations


Practice ethical behavior, including professional standards of behavior and time management

Critical Thinking

Analyze information from various sources in order to propose and justify solutions to problems

Technical Literacy

Demonstrate the ability to use and adapt to current and new technologies in the context of academic and workplace application

Quantitative Literacy

Demonstrate proficiency in using and applying mathematical concepts and skills in personal or workplace situations

Global Awareness/Diversity

Demonstrate how issues of diversity both in our state and around the world affect us and our profession/service

WVCTCS Title 135 Procedural Rule Series 11

Current General Education Course Requirements

In addition to tracking graduate outcome progress across the curriculum, General Education course completion or the equivalent is expected for all degree and certificate programs.

Associate of Arts 24 hours
Associate of Science 24 hours
Associate of Applied Science 15 hours
Certificate of Applied Science 6 hours( quantitative and communication)

General Education Outcomes