The Collin College board of trustees approved two new associate degrees at the Feb. 26 board meeting. The two associate of applied science (AAS) degrees will be in veterinary technology and insurance management.

The new associate degrees will be implemented upon approval by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Both AAS degrees are elements of the college’s Master Plan and Vision 2020 Strategic Plan to add career and technical (workforce) and academic programs which align with projected Collin County labor market needs.

“We are working hand-in-hand with area industry representatives to create degree programs that will simultaneously benefit our local economy as well as our students,” said Dr. Brenda Kihl, Collin College District executive vice president and chief academic officer. “The college’s new degrees and certificates will provide job opportunities for students, employees for area businesses, and improve our community.”

Each new associate degree includes a 15-semester credit hour general education core and career and technical education courses specific to the knowledge and skills required for employment in the industry.

The veterinary technology degree will include 60 semester credit hours. The insurance management degree will include 60 semester credit hours as well as a level I certificate in insurance industry, a level I certificate in sales and agency and a level II certificate in insurance industry. Level I and level II certificates are developed as stackable credentials within the AAS degree. Stackable credentials offer students the opportunity to take courses within a level I certificate which apply to a level II certificate and ultimately apply to an associate degree.

For more information about Collin College degrees and programs, visit www.collin.edu.