NJ PLACE Degree Pathways

NJ PLACE has set up a degree program with New Jersey’s community colleges where you can transfer up to 25 credits from your eligible apprenticeship program toward an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Technical Studies. You can get the general degree that's customized for your occupation or concentrate your studies in business management or construction management at select community colleges.  Thomas Edison State College also offers NJ PLACE's construction trade participants the opportunity to transfer apprenticeship credit into an AAS in Construction and Facilities Support and may have other associate degree options available for apprenticeship credit transfer. 

Some apprenticeship program partners find their coursework fits better with a degree program other than Technical Studies.  Apprentice graduates from the eligible programs listed below can have apprenticeship credits transferred toward these specific related degrees:

  • Automotive Technicians with IAM CREST:  Associate in Applied Science in Automotive Technology at Union County College
  • Child Development Specialists with Starting Points, Inc: Associate in Applied Science in Early Childhood Education at Hudson CountyCommunity College 
  • Cook with UNITE HERE! Local 54:  Associate in Applied Science in Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College
  • NIMS Machining Level I and/or II Credential Holders:  up to 21 credits toward an AAS in Construction and Facilities Support, AAS in Electrical Mechanical Systems and Maintenance, or AAS in Multidisciplinary Technology at Thomas Edison State College.

By law, NJ PLACE participants can transfer the AAS in Technical Studies in full to a related bachelor degree at any New Jersey public four-year institution.  The following colleges have created bachelor degree pathways for AAS in Technical Studies graduates:

Degree Components

Regardless of which degree you earn, each degree program consists of general education requirements, a technical core/area of study, and (career) electives.

General Education: The required general education curriculum consists of courses in: Communication (i.e., English), Mathematics, Science, and Technology; and Social Science and Humanities. Since each NJ college determines its general education requirements for an AAS degree, some colleges have additional general education requirements, like Physical Education. General Education requirements comprise a minimum of 20 toward an AAS degree and will vary among the colleges. A college may choose to count some of your apprenticeship’s recommended credits toward your general education requirements as appropriate.

Technical Core/Area of Study: More commonly referred to as your "major", the technical core is comprised of the courses in your specific area of study.  Accordingly, each participating apprenticeship program has a different recommended technical core which corresponds with its apprenticeship instruction. New Jesey's community colleges have agreed to accept a minimum of 25 credits from the apprenticeship program toward the technical core. Thomas Edison State College also may accept apprenticeship credits directly toward the area of study for related associate and bachelor degrees.

(Career) Electives: The remainder of your degree is comprised of elective courses which are generally related to your major area of study, the career concentration you’ve chosen. or your degree option. A college may choose to count some of your apprenticeship’s recommended credits toward your career electives requirement.

Please click on the links below to view the related degrees description and requirements at participating NJ colleges:

Automotive Technicians with IAM CREST, please see link below for your program. 

Child Development Specialists with Starting Points, Inc., please see link below for your program.

Cook with UNITE HERE! Local 54, please see link below for your program.

NIMS Machining Level I and/or II Credential Holders, please see the links below for your degree pathways:

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