ITS Program Planner (PDF, 1.63 MB)
This program is intended for currently employed individuals who have specific career objectives which cannot be met by Madison College’s existing degree programs. Since many adult students already have occupational skills and work experience, they are looking for additional specific skills to operate their own business or prepare for career advancement. They value a portable credential that attests to their level of achievement. No single existing program may meet their unique needs.
With the growth of employment opportunities in small to mid-sized companies, employers are increasingly seeking workers able to perform multiple tasks that can cut across traditional occupational designations. New kinds of technologies and work processes require employees to have flexible sets of skills drawn from a variety of traditional disciplines and programs. Employers may be interested in designing and sponsoring a customized program (unique combination of existing courses) to meet their company’s specific needs.
The objectives of the Individualized Technical Studies Program are to provide flexibility to meet the educational needs of individuals with unique career goals and specific occupational outcomes, to serve the individual whose career goals cannot be achieved through enrollment in any single program currently available at Madison College, and to provide employers with a flexible program of study to meet the educational needs of their employees.
Technical Studies Core A minimum of 40 credits of occupational-specific courses is required with a minimum of 20 of those credit hours focused in one instructional area. Courses must be selected to achieve the specific career outcomes identified by the student. There must be sufficient concentration of coursework in one or two areas to ensure technical competence and employability.
Clarification of Purpose
The Individualized Technical Studies Program is NOT intended to become a catch-all for students with little or no career focus, nor to prepare students for occupations that have little or no job market demand. It is also NOT simply an accumulation of credit hours which leads to a degree. It is a pre-planned program of study. Finally, this degree program option is NOT designed to give students the opportunity to make minor course changes to current existing programs.
Examples of Individualized Programs
It might be helpful to consider just a few of the possible examples of new individualized programs of study that a student or employer might request. A degree in “Police Management” may be needed in support of occupations in the law enforcement field—a program which could be designed with current courses from our police science and supervisory management programs. Perhaps area advertising agencies need to fill positions that call for skills and abilities in marketing and desktop publishing. For this purpose, a degree program in “Marketing Design and Production” may be in demand by a few individuals or agencies—a demand Madison College could fill by repackaging current program courses.