About the Associate Degree (A.A. or A.S.)

Most Associate degrees require two-years of full-time study. An Associate degree may be earned at a community college, trade-school or private institution. Community colleges are supported by U.S. tax payers and typically offer the lowest cost tuition with outstanding instruction.

Career Preparation: An Associate degree is the level of education required for many high-paying careers includes Dental Hygiene, Airplane Maintenance, Pre-School Education, Bookkeeping, Entry-level Computer Science, Business, Travel and Hospitality and much more.

1st Step to a Bachelor’s Degree (B.A. or B.S.):

Our online Business Administration and Liberal Arts Associate degrees are "university transferrable." This means by earning the Associate degree you have completed approximately 2 years worth of course work required at the university to earn a Bachelors degree. You can transfer your credits to the university and enroll as a "Junior" (3rd Year University Student).

And, West is part of the greater California public higher education system which includes the UC campuses (UCLA, UC Berkley, UC Irvine…) and the 23 California State Universities. This relationship makes it easier for our students to transfer their course credits to these and other distinguished universities.  Through our partnership with Regis University, consistently ranked as outstanding by "U.S. News & World Report," West students can complete the balance of their B.A. Degrees online.



Cost Savings:

The tuition at West Los Angeles College is among the lowest college tuition in America thanks to California’s commitment to keeping community college education affordable. Because of this, our students can complete the first two years of a Bachelors degree at a great savings at West. Then, they may advance (or "transfer") to a university as a junior to complete their Bachelors or higher degree.



Earning Power:

In the U.S., adults with an Associate Degree typically earn over 20% more than those with only a high school diploma each year, according to the US Census & National Center for Education Statistics. Holders of Bachelors Degrees typically earn nearly 65% more than adults with only a high school diploma.




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