Post # 1
I’ve been wanting to go to grad school but I simply afford to take out more loans. My loans are too high that I can’t afford to save to go back to school anytime soon. A position within my company that I would love to have just opened up but I do not have a decent backround to get the job, I spoke with our VP of HR who I have a great relationship with and she told me that it would help if I had at least had some kind of knowledge of communications.
I looked into the local community college and I could take classes and get an AA in Business, business organizational studies, and Business/Technical Communications for less than a 1/4 of what it would cost to get a masters in one of the subject areas and to add to that my company will reimburse a % of the tuition which will almost cover the entire cost (they will reimburse for grad school too but it would only cover 1 class because of cost).
So is it even possible to get an AA if you have a bachelors? How would that work? I assume I wounldn’t need to take the GenEd classes as I’ve already fulfilled them. It would be the core corses I was interested. Is this just a ridiculous idea?
Post # 3
As long as your credits transfer. Some community colleges have different systems and not all classes transfer to their levels; so you may still have to take some general classes over. But yes you can get an AA even with a Bachelors.
Post # 4
Yup you can def get an associates even though you have a bachelors.
I have a degree in Comm if you have any questions.
Would your work accept a certificate in Comm? That’d be a lot cheaper.
Post # 5
You sure can! My Fiance has his BA in Marketing and went back for an Associates in Graphic Design. More power to you!
Post # 6
@SoontobeMrsA: I’m trying to figure it all out now and it looks like the business/technical communication has a certificate route which would be a lot cheaper!
If I don’t have to take most of the GenEd’s then this would be the fastest cheapest way to start getting my foot in the door (and making more money).
@HnyBee: Awesome to hear! Thanks!
Post # 7
My degree is Communications with a concentration in tech writing. I really enjoyed my classes and am a much stronger writer than most of my co-workers (well former co-workers since I was laid off).
Post # 8
You can. I am doing that now with an associate’s in accounting. The bad part is that you typically have to put so many credit hours in at a school to graduate with any degree. So, I have to do at least 15 credit hours at the community college to get my associates. That means taking a couple courses I really don’t need.
Post # 9
@amber.woulfe: I saw that requirement too but there are tons of communication courses I can take which I think I would actually benefit from, so its not really a negative for me at the moment but a very good point!