• Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Business: Business Administration, available at the Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses
  • Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Early Childhood, available at the Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses and North County Center
  • Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S) in Human Services, available at the Jamestown Campus and North County Center

A program designed for busy adults

Complete your associate degree in two years attending classes one night per week.

The Career Advantage program is ideal if you have work and/or family commitments and may not otherwise be able to complete a traditional degree program.

Career Advantage fast facts

  • Complete your degree in two years.
  • A set program schedule makes it easy to plan your life and college commitments.
  • Classes meet one night per week in-person with online work in between classes.
  • Conveniently located on our Jamestown, Cattaraugus County (Olean), and North County Center (Dunkirk) campuses.
  • A program facilitator will help you get started and navigate college processes, so you can concentrate on your coursework.
  • Meet weekly with your instructor and classmates to stay on track and be successful.

Created for your success

Taught in a cohort model, you learn with adults who, like you, are pursuing their degrees while balancing work and personal commitments. Together, you take the same courses and support each other throughout the degree program. Faculty and staff help you to ensure your success, from admission, advisement, and registration to using technology and campus resources.

Recommended if you are:

  • more comfortable with a group of adult students and are not coming directly from high school.
  • self-motivated and able to manage your time well.
  • working and prefer the convenience of night classes and online coursework.
  • a parent and need flexibility while caring for your family.
  • interested in online learning but still want the support of face-to face classes.
  • ready to advance or change your career.


The Career Advantage program is designed for you to be a full-time student in the fall and spring semesters and part-time over the summer. Your credit hours each semester may vary if you have prior college credits that apply toward your degree.


Estimated total program costs: $16,190 for New York state residents.

  Fall 2018 Spring 2019 Summer 2019 Fall 2019 Spring 2020
NYS tuition* 2,435 2,435 1,624 2,495 2,495
Fees** 495 439 133 445 445
Textbooks 575 575 400 600 600
  $3,505 $3,449 $2,157 $3,540 $3,540

Payment plans are available.
* Non-resident tuition is twice the New York state rate.
**Included in these fees is a one-time, non-refundable fee payable once registered for classes at JCC.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available in grants, scholarships, and loans. Visit our financial aid page to learn about funding that can help you pay for your JCC degree, including the new Excelsior Scholarship for New York state residents attending SUNY and CUNY colleges.

Get started by filing the FAFSA as soon as possible to get your financial plan in place.

JCC also encourages students to apply for funds from outside sources, such as private grants and scholarships, state offices of Vocational and Educational Services, Access-VR, Native American aid, veterans' benefits, and workforce development and re-training programs. Check with your employer about employer tuition assistance. 

To speak with a JCC financial aid representative, call 800.338.8557, x1009 or 716.338.1009 or visit financial aid.

Course Schedule

The Career Advantage program is mapped out for two years so you know when and where your classes meet. All the courses you need for graduation are offered in the Career Advantage program.

  • Time off is built into the program so you can schedule vacations and other activities.
  • You take two courses at a time, one night per week. The rest of the week, you work online with your instructors and classmates to complete required coursework.
  • Most classes meet for seven weeks. You will also take a one-credit online course that spans the 15-week semester.
Jamestown Campus Cattaraugus County Campus North County Center
Classes meet on Thursdays. Classes meet in Olean on Wednesdays. Classes meet in Dunkirk on Tuesdays.

A.A.S. Business - Jamestown schedule

A.A.S. Early Childhood - Jamestown schedule

A.A.S. Human Services - Jamestown schedule

A.A.S. Business - Olean schedule

A.A.S. Early Childhood - Olean schedule

A.A.S. Early Childhood - Dunkirk schedule

A.A.S. Human Services - Dunkirk schedule


If you have questions about the admissions process, call 800.338.8557 x1001 or 716.338.1001 or email

Admission requirements for the Career Advantage program:

  1. Complete JCC’s online application. Select your major, then select the location you wish to attend. Apply »
  2. Send your high school transcripts, college transcripts, military transcripts, and/or high school equivalency diploma and test scores to our admissions office. Transcript request form »
  3. Complete placement testing in reading, writing, and math unless you qualify for an exemption. Placement testing ensures you are ready for the program coursework. Pre-collegiate courses are available through JCC’s Center for Continuing Education to assist with placement preparation.

Degree requirements

A comprehensive list of degree requirements and course descriptions is available for each Career Advantage degree option:

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