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What's better an Associate IT degree or Certs?

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Thanks very much for your feedback. I also agree that having an Associate and an IT industry cert can prove helpful to the job seeker. The issue that I have at hand, on the other hand, is having students completing an Associate degree and not finding a full-time IT related job, i.e. networking or database. The other issue that I find relates to students who cannot wait two years to complete an Associate degree due to family and financial responsibilities. I ponder hence if it would be better to offer courses geared to passing industry certifications rather than continuing offering the Associate degree where graduates find fierce competitions from those with many years of experience in the field. That is our dilemma.

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Gus Gomez