Technical programs and courses of instruction are designed to prepare students for employment in specific occupations after one or two years of study.
The technical programs offered through the Technical Education Division are college-level programs of study which have been developed by advisory committees comprised of representatives from the fields of education, business and industry. Students who complete all courses prescribed in a particular program of study receive an Associate of Applied Arts degree, Associate of Applied Science degree or Certificate of Proficiency. Technical programs and courses are not intended for transfer to a university for credit toward a baccalaureate degree; however, some universities accept certain technical courses for transfer. Students should contact the transfer university to verify acceptance of technical courses for credit.
Students who enter the Technical Division and work toward an Associate of Applied Science degree may have the option of receiving the Enhanced Skills Certificate in specific career and technical education (CTE) programs. Students holding the Enhanced Skills Certificate will have additional technical skills combined with a strong academic foundation that will enhance the transition to either career placement or additional education.
Additionally, South Plains College offers a number of career programs which award a Certificate of Proficiency upon successful completion. These college-level certificate programs are designed to provide specialized training for a particular career field in a relatively short period of time. Most certificate programs can be completed in one year. Program courses are designed to prepare students for employment in the current job market or emerging occupations. All career and technical programs are approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the State Approval Agency for the Veterans Administration.
Minimum competency levels for graduation have been established for all technical education programs. These competency levels have been established by business and industry advisory committees comprised of employers and representatives from local business, industry and the professional community. Competency levels generally are acquired over the prescribed course length unless the program coordinator grants a student advanced standing on the basis of previous professional certifications and/or education.
Technical programs on the Levelland Campus, Byron Martin Advanced Technology Center, the SPC Reese Center and the Plainview Extension Center are under the administrative direction of Rob Blair, Dean of Technical Education.
Departments and Programs of Study
Technical Education programs that prepare students for careers in occupations where industrial safety is a critical competency will require students to successfully complete a program specific safety examination prior to participating in laboratory activities. Occupational safety is an important competency that is taught in safety oriented programs. Therefore, prior to participating in laboratory activities, students will be required to successfully complete program administered safety examinations.
South Plains College offers technical programs on its Levelland Campus, at the SPC Reese Center and at the Byron Martin Advanced Technology Center in the areas of business, computer information systems, creative arts, industrial technology and professional services. Selected technical programs and courses are offered at the SPC Plainview Extension Center. The division is organized into five instructional departments, which offer 68 individual program and curriculum options. Some programs are offered at more than one SPC location, while others are limited to a particular college location.
Special Supplies and Equipment
Certain supplies and hand tools are required in laboratory work in specified technical programs. Supply and tool lists are determined by the program faculty. Equipment and supplies purchased by the student are the responsibility of the student. Since the requirements and costs vary according to the specific program, students should contact the program coordinators for information regarding required supplies and tools.
Verification of Workplace Competencies
To qualify for associate degrees or certificates, students must demonstrate eligibility for a credentialing exam, capstone experience, or an external learning experience during the last semester of the student’s educational program.