Apprenticeship Skilled Trades: Apprentice Leadership - Associate of Applied Science

The Apprenticeship Skilled Trades Program gives journey-level tradespeople the opportunity to receive general education while developing managerial and technical skills needed to advance in their careers. Program participants are typically attempting to move from entry-level work into management; many companies require managers to have a degree above a high school diploma. The AST program allows students to earn a degree without repeating the trade classes they are already proficient in. Instead, a large portion of the coursework will take place as part of a federally-approved apprenticeship program. The Apprentice Leadership Program refines experienced construction laborers’ skills while growing their business and management skills. Credit for the apprenticeship hours will be given based on examination results.

Program At a Glance

For those who want to:

Apply new skills to a learned trade
Advance their career without repeating trade classes
Move into a supervisory role

Program Snapshot

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Credits: 63*
Average Length: 2.6 Years

Possible Careers

General laborer
Assistant site manager
Project manager
Construction foreman

*Costs are estimates and are subject to change. Please visit the tuition and fees details page for precise details or call 417-447-7500. Degree time/credits vary with students' enrollment and course completion. Graduation retention varies by case. For program enrollment, retention, exam/certification, and employment rates visit Student Outcomes/Student Right-to-Know. Salary information is provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some careers on this list may require additional education and training. For program-specific accreditation visit OTC Accreditation.

Degree Requirements

credit hours
Program Apprenticeship
credit hours
Program Required Courses
credit hours
General Education

For the full program requirements, see curriculum. For the full list of courses, see the catalog.

Program Details

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Program Contact

Russ Murphy
Department Chair for
Heating, Refrigeration & Air,
Electrical Trades, and
Construction Trades


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