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Abbreviations to Know

AA degree - the Associate in Arts degree.

Students earning this degree complete a range of general education requirements and frequently transfer to a four-year college or university. A full-time student typically takes about two years to earn this degree. Slightly more heritage, humanities, or social science coursework is required for the AA degree than for the AS.

AS degree - the Associate in Science degree.

Students earning this degree complete a range of general education requirements, and frequently transfer to a four-year college or university. It typically takes about two years for a full-time student to complete the coursework for this degree. Slightly more math or science coursework is required for the AA degree than for the AS.

AAS degree - the Associate in Applied Science degree.

This degree prepares students to enter the professional world in some professional field directly after graduation. Typically students working toward an AAS degree do not plan to transfer to a four-year college or university. Their coursework is designed for more immediate career application.

Diploma Program

A diploma program is designed to prepare students for employment in a specific technical field in one to two years.

FERPA - The Federal Education Rights to Privacy Act

The Federal Education Rights to Privacy Act (FERPA) protects the privacy of any information students use in the application process, through their enrollment and after they graduate. Financial information or grade information, for example, may not be released to anyone without the student’s permission.

SAP - Satisfactory Academic Progress

Students receiving Federal or state financial aid must make “satisfactory academic progress” toward graduation. This involves percentage of courses completed each semester (at least 67%) as well as grades (a minimum 2.0 GPA). Failure to meet SAP requirements can result in cancellation of student aid. Students can file an appeal by completing a form, attaching documentation, and submitting an Academic Plan of Action approved by their advisors.

SGA - Student Government Association

Bluegrass Community and Technical College Student Government is open to all BCTC students interested in activities and programs to unify the campuses and serve the student body and community.

SNAP - Safety Notification Alert Process

SNAP is the Safety Notification Alert Process for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). SNAP alerts users to on-campus emergencies.