The Career Studies program is a highly individualized program of study that takes into account all the life experience that a person has had in the work world. Students can earn up to 24-credit hours by showcasing previous experiences through a Prior Learning portfolio which connects past work to college course outcomes. Students build a portfolio that documents their experience and how it aligns with the outcomes of college courses. Students then take other classes to complete the degree.

Advising is essential for assistance with Prior Learning Assessment of work or training experiences and progression through this program. Students will work with the Advising Center to create an academic plan.

“My career was sort of stuck since I did not have a college degree. When I learned about the Career Studies degree, I had to check it out. It took me half as long to finish thanks to the program. Now I can be promoted at my company and become a supervisor.”
—KVCC Career Studies Student

Program Information

What Graduates Can Do

  • Continue studies at universities
  • Write reports
  • Manage people in companies
  • Investigate problems
  • Receive promotions in their current jobs
  • Gather information and data

Career Opportunities

  • Military service
  • Small companies
  • Police departments
  • Family businesses
  • Public schools
  • Criminal justice entities
  • Service industries
  • Corrections


For more information, please contact:

The Enrollment Center
(207) 453-5822