General Occupational/Technical Studies (GOTS)

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in General Occupational/Technical Studies provides flexible alternatives for meeting student and employer needs. This program serves two general purposes:

  • Credit earned through various technical certificates can be applied toward the Associate in Applied Science in General Occupational/Technical Studies degree. This heavily advisor-driven model can combine certificates and/or diplomas in different disciplines for meeting employer needs for unique skill combinations for which there is no established degree program.
  • As much as twenty hours of credit for experiential learning may be applied toward degree completion. KCTCS certificate and diploma credit and acceptable credit transferred from other colleges may also be applied to a students program completion plan. At least 25 percent of the approved curriculum credits must be completed at Hopkinsville Community College.

Work with your Program Coordinator and the GOTS AAS Coordinator to finalize your Academic Plan.

Available Credentials


  • Agriculture Equipment Technician
  • Quality Technician


  • Agriculture Equipment Mechanic Helper
  • ARC Welder
  • AWS National Skills Standard Level I
  • Carpenter Helper
  • Construction Forms Helper
  • Domestic Air Conditioner & Furnace installer
  • Environmental Control System Servicer
  • Production Line Welder
  • Quality Monitorn
  • Refrigeration Mechanic
  • Residential Carpenter
  • Rough Carpenter
  • Tune Up Mechanic

General Education Component Minimum Required:

Mathematics (Southern Association of Colleges & Schools (SACS) requires natural sciences/ Council on Occupational Education (COE) requires mathematics) 3
Natural/Applied Science (SACS requires natural sciences/ math, COE requires natural or applied sciences) 3
Behavioral Science/Social Interaction (SACS requires social/ behavioral science, COE requires behavioral science) 3
Humanities/Fine Arts (SACS requires humanities/fine arts, COE requires humanities) 3
Writing/Accessing Information 3
Additional General Education Coursework 0-12

Subtotal 15-27

Technical Component Minimum

Computer Literacy (Computer literacy must be demonstrated either by competency exam or by completing a computer literacy course 3
Technical Courses: Industrial Technology, Business Technology, or Health and Human Services 42-58

Subtotal 45-61

Total Credits 60-76

PDF iconAAS - GOTS degree plan


Roger Lutz, Program Coordinator
Office: Hopkinsville Campus, Technology Center 124K
Phone: (270) 707-3901

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.