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TCC adds eight Associate of Science degree programs in fall 2024


With the few programs added, TCC now offers 33 AS degrees.

Tallahassee Community College – soon to officially be Tallahassee State College – is welcoming students this fall with eight new associate degree programs.

The new additions are all Associate of Science (AS) programs with degree programs in applied artificial intelligence, computer crime, crime scene technology, animation and game art, game development design, computer information technology, data science technology, and electrical engineering.

“Our mission at Tallahassee Community College is to provide educational opportunities that meet the evolving needs of our community,” said TCC President Jim Murdaugh.

“We are demand-driven and student-focused. The launch of these eight new AS degree programs reflects our commitment to preparing students for the future and equipping them with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in dynamic and fast-growing fields.”

According to Calandra Stringer, TCC's provost and vice president for academic affairs, each semester TCC reviews Florida region and state labor market data and also collects qualitative data from local employers represented on its advisory boards.

The data provides the college with information about the skills and new talent needed in the region.

“There is definitely a need to expand the talent pool for computing and technology fields,” Stringer said. “As artificial intelligence becomes more popular and integrated into more jobs, we will need more training to ensure new and existing employees have the skills needed for the changing field.”

“The college wants to meet the local need for talent and to meet that need, eight new programs were needed,” she added.

With the few programs added, TCC now offers 33 AS degrees.

Last year, TCC’s academic offerings consisted of three new bachelor’s degree programs – a Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Administration, a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, and a Bachelor of Science in Special Education.

The new additions at the undergraduate level are a direct result of Flagler College-Tallahassee's decision in 2022 to close the three undergraduate degree programs that existed at TCC prior to the recent closure of the Tallahassee campus in May.

As the eight new associate degree programs will be offered starting in the fall semester, new faculty hires are also planned.

Stringer said the college needs about four more faculty members for the new programs. Individuals can apply on TCC's Human Resources website.

Student registration for the additional programs is open. Prospective students can visit the college's website for more information on admission requirements and program details.

Here you will find a short description of the individual new AS degree programs.

  • Applied Artificial Intelligence: The program provides students with the technical knowledge and skills needed for a career in information technology.
  • Computer crime: The program prepares students for careers in corporate computer security investigations and similar careers in law enforcement and crime labs. Students gain skills in research, investigation, computer software, legal interpretation, and more.
  • Crime scene technology: The program prepares students to work in the field of forensics with a specialization in crime scene technology. Career opportunities in this field include crime scene technician, crime scene photographer, fingerprint examiner, and crime scene unit leader.
  • Animation and Game Art: The program teaches the skills needed to become a game artist, a field in which you are responsible for creating the visual elements that make up the aesthetics and atmosphere of a video game.
  • Game development design: The focus of the program is on video game programming. Game programmers work closely with designers, artists, and other team members to implement features, fix bugs, and optimize game performance.
  • Computer Information Technology: The program prepares students for careers as developers, programmers, programmer analysts, database developers or web developers.
  • Data Science Technology: The program focuses on collecting, cleaning, modeling, and analyzing large data sets. Students also learn data source identification, retrieval issues, and data security.
  • Electrical engineering technology: The program prepares students for an entry-level position as an electrical engineer, assisting engineers in planning, research, development and design.

Contact Tarah Jean at tjean@tallahassee.com or follow her on X: @tarahjean_.

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