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Soar Ahead: Done in One

Accelerated Associate of Arts Degree Program

Soar Ahead is an accelerated Associate of Arts degree program designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year Bachelor’s degree program. Through Soar Ahead, students can earn their AA degree, which traditionally takes two years, in just one year.

Students selected for the inaugural cohort will begin in Fall 2022. By following the graduation plan and course schedule, these students will graduate at the end of the Summer 2023 semester.

How does it work?

Soar Ahead features condensed course timelines of just eight weeks each, which means a student can complete up to 24 credit hours of coursework in a traditional 16-week semester. It is important to note that while the timeline is condensed, the amount of coursework and learning outcomes are the same as in traditional 16-week courses.

Your AA degree consists of a total of 60 credit hours which includes 36 credit hours of General Education courses and 24 credit hours of electives. The table below shows how you can get all of your credit hours completed in just three semesters.

 

Fall 2022 (August – December)

Spring 2023 (January – May)

A Term (8 Weeks)

B Term (8 Weeks)

       A Term (8 Weeks)

       B Term (8 Weeks)

12 Credits

12 Credits

            12 Credits

            12 Credits

 

                                 Summer 2023 (12 Weeks)

               A Term (6 Weeks)

               B Term (6 Weeks)

                      6 Credits

                       6 Credits

                                    

Sample Schedule

(Please note: Elective courses are chosen based on your intended area of study at the four-year institution).

Fall Semester

FALL SEMESTER

AUGUST EXPRESS

Area

Course ID

Credit Hours

Communications State Core

ENC 1101

3

Mathematics State Core

MAC 1105/MAC 1105C/MGF1106

3

Social Science TCC Core - Group 2

SLS 1510

3

Social Science State Core - Group 1

PSY 2012

3

Total Term Hours

 

12

 

OCTOBER EXPRESS

Area

Course ID

Credit Hours

Communications TCC Core

ENC 1102

3

Mathematics TCC Core

STA 2023 / MGF 1107

3

Elective

SPC 2608

3

Social Science TCC Core - Group 1

HSC 1100

3

Total Term Hours

 

12

Spring Semester

SPRING SEMESTER

JANUARY EXPRESS

Area

Course ID

Credit Hours

Social Science State Core - Group 2

AMH 2020

3

Humanities State Core

PHI 2010

3

Natural Science TCC Core

OCE 1001

3

Elective

Elective

3

Total Term Hours

 

12

 

MARCH EXPRESS

Area

Course ID

Credit Hours

Humanities TCC Core

HUM 2230

3

Natural Science State Core

BSC 1005

3

Elective

CGS 1060

3

Elective

Elective Choice

3

Total Term Hours

 

12

Summer Semester

SUMMER SEMESTER

MAIN SEMESTER

Area

Course ID

Credit Hours

Elective

Elective Choice

3

Elective

Elective Choice

3

Elective

Elective Choice

3

Elective

Elective Choice

3

Optional

BSC 1005L

1

Total Term Hours

 

12

 

TOTAL PROGRAM HOURS

60

Is Soar Ahead right for you?

Here are a few things for students to consider:

High School GPA

While it is not required, due to the accelerated and rigorous nature of this program, it is recommended that you enter the program with at least a 3.0 unweighted high school grade point average.

Dual Enrollment and AP Credits

If you have college credits from programs such as dual enrollment and Advanced Placement, your fast track just got faster. TCC accepts as many as 45 credits through dual enrollment and AP which means that you can earn your AA degree even more easily.

Fast Pace 

The pace of the accelerated courses is intense. You may need to sacrifice time with family and friends, many social activities, and time spent on hobbies to prioritize your coursework.

Procrastinators Beware

Soar Ahead was designed for students who thrive on staying current and organized with their courses. This means attending each class ready to learn, keeping up with course readings, assignments, and projects, and creating a disciplined time management plan. Procrastination makes this type of program extremely challenging, so you must come to this program with good study habits.

CONTACT

For more information, please contact Academic Affairs (850) 201-8680.

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