The purpose of the online Approval Planning Guide section in this Handbook is to provide an informal and abbreviated tool for use by community college staff. The following pages identify the essential process and information required to meet the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) approval standards for a new Career and Technical Education (CTE) Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree or Option, and/or Certificates of Completion.

The “CTE New Program Application Planning Guide and Application Worksheet” in .PDF format presents a general overview of what colleges need to consider and include as they propose a new program for state approval.  It is found on CCWD’s Application and Instructions webpage at