General Occupation Technology

Aprille Bailey

Aprille Bailey

Director of Student Services/Registrar

General Occupation Technology

The General Occupational Technology (GOT) curriculum provides individuals with the opportunity to upgrade their skills and earn an associate degree by taking courses that offer specific job knowledge and skills. The curriculum content will be individualized for students according to their occupational interests and needs. A program of study for each student will be developed from any non-developmental level courses from approved curriculum programs of study offered by MTCC. 


Graduates will become more effective and diverse workers, better qualified for advancements within their field of employment and better equipped for a wide range of entry-level employment opportunities.

All courses included in the GOT must be taken from approved Associate of Applied Science (AAS), diploma or certificate programs. 

In addition to the courses listed in the catalog, students may be required to take transition/co-requisite classes based on RISE criteria. These classes do not count toward hours required for graduation.

Potential Careers

The General Occupational Technology (GOT) Associate degree can lead to multiple areas of employment.  It can lay the foundation for health care careers, emergency medical careers, firefighting, cybercrime, teaching, basic law enforcement, graphic design, information technology and many more. You, the student, select your area of interest.

Where Do Graduates Work in McDowell County and Western NC?

All fields.

Why Choose this Program?

If a student has accumulated credits but never finished an associate’s degree, they may have enough credits to obtain the GOT. It allows them to have specific areas of focus with their credits while also completing a degree and offering another credential on their resume. This could lead to salary increases, movement in a field, or supervisory positions.

Research shows certification and additional degrees

increase earning potential.

Recommend Semester Schedule

There isn’t a semester by semester breakdown due to individualized course work for each student. For example, if a diploma nursing student also has general education and other course work, they could qualify for the GOT and complete a two year program.

This is an individualized course of study and must meet the following requirements:

Course Requirements for General Occupational Technology Degree  

  1. General Education Requirements (minimum 15 SHC) Associate Degree programs must contain a minimum of 15 semester hours of general education coursework. The general education hours must include a minimum of 6 semester hours in communications and at least one course from each of the following areas: humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, and natural sciences/mathematics.
  2. Major Requirements (minimum 49 SHC) AAS programs must include courses which offer specific job knowledge and skills. Work experience, including cooperative education, practicums, and internships, may be included in associate of applied science degrees up to a maximum of 8 semester hours of credit.
  3. Other Requirements (0-7 SHC) Local employer requirements, as well as college designated graduation requirements, may be accommodated in “other required hours”. Up to a maximum of 7 semester hours of credit in other required hours may be included in an AAS degree program.

Any course in the Combined Course Library that is educationally relevant to the student’s career objective may be used in other required hours, as long as it is not a restricted or unique course.

Total Semester Hours Credit Required for Graduation: 64-76

Related classes and additional information can be found in the MTCC Catalog