Ranger College setting new standards for community colleges

Ranger College continues to be an industry leader when it comes to setting the new norms. No longer is a community college a place where students just take some basic classes to save money. Now, students can earn 60 hours towards a Bachelor’s Degree, an industry certification or even a terminal degree and of course still save money.

At Ranger, we are working hard to be the most industry-friendly community college in the state. Until recently, for a student to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in an industry-related profession like welding or machining RC would accept a maximum of 50 percent of an overall degree in Continuing Education Unit Credits (CEU) or industry certifications. Following changes made to the curriculum, Ranger will now accept 75 percent of a degree in CEU credits or certifications. As long as the instructor of record meets the same qualifications as the course for academic credit. The student must have completed 12 hours of credit through Ranger College prior to being credit being awarded.

This new strategy meets the standards of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools guidelines and uses the maximum amount of credit already earned by students in the industry. This is a great opportunity for students who already have industry certifications like NIMS Level 1 or SENCE Level 1.

Ranger College currently awards credit through: Experiential Learning through CAEL, Credit by Examination, Advanced Placement Exam, ACT, SAT, CLEP, military experience through ACE, CEU’s, NIMS certifications, and SENCE certifications.  We also award credit for an LVN through our LVN to RN Bridge program.  Our curriculum committee is working with workforce development to explore other ways to get students credit for work they have already completed in the industry and other certifying entities.

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