Associate in Applied Science Accelerated Program

Earn Your Degree AASAP!

Accelerated Business Degrees

The Southwestern Illinois College Business Division’s Associate in Applied Science Accelerated Program makes it easy to earn additional credentials to advance your career.

If you already have an associate or bachelor’s degree and want to broaden your skill set, the AASAP may be right for you. The Business Division offers a wide array of accelerated degree programs and certificates to help people who want to change careers or expand their credentials.

AASAP allows you to earn your degree with a minimum of 27 semester credits of new prescribed coursework. Your previous degree qualifies you to participate in the program; however, that credit may not be applied toward the degree requirements. The credits must be earned specifically for the AASAP degree.

You will work with the degree program coordinator to develop a course plan that meets the program’s requirements and your educational needs.

To qualify for an accelerated degree, you must:

  • have an associate or bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • meet all institutional requirements for the Associate in Applied Science degree 

AASAP Degree Options

Talk with the program coordinator to establish a course of study that is right for you. Accelerated degree options are offered in the following disciplines:

  • Accounting
  • Computer Information Systems
    • Tech Support/Help Desk
    • Database Development and Management
    • Software Development
  • Graphic Communications
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Network Design and Administration
  • Office Administration and Technology 
    • Office Administration
    • Office Technology Specialist
  • Paralegal Studies
  • Web Designer
  • Web Development and Administration


If you want to upgrade your employment skills quickly, consider a certificate of proficiency.

Certificates are offered in a variety of subjects. In many cases, the certificate can serve as a stepping stone toward completion of a full Associate in Applied Science degree. However, certificate credits may not be used for an accelerated degree.

Certificate programs are open to students who qualify for admission to SWIC and meet individual course prerequisites.

Certificate Options

Detailed information about each certificate is available in the college catalog. Certificates are available in the following programs:

  • Computer Information Systems
    • Database Programming
    • C++ Programming
    • Visual Basic Programming
    • C# Programming
  • Culinary Arts and Food Management
    • Culinary Arts
    • Food Service
    • Food Service and Management
  • Graphics Design
  • Management
    • Entrepreneur 
  • Marketing
    • E-marketing
  • Network Associate
  • Office Administration and Technology
    • Office Technology Assistant I
    • Office Technology Assistant II
    • Virtual Assistant
    • Microsoft Office Specialist
    • Administrative Office Support
    • Office Support Technology
  • Web Coding
  • Web Design
  • Web Development and Administration
    • Java Programming

Program Coordinators

Contact the following Business Division program coordinators.


Sue Taylor
618-235-2700, ext. 5434 

Computer Information Systems

Tim Brown
618-235-2700, ext. 5502 

Culinary Arts and Food Management

Leisa Brockman
618-235-2700, ext. 5436/7389

Network Design and Administration

Matt Swinford
618-931-0600, ext. 7374 

Office Administration and Technology

Tina Dierkes
618-235-2700, ext. 5321 

Paralegal Studies

Christie Highlander
618-235-2700, ext. 5494

Graphic Communications, Web Designer, and Web Development and Administration

Nikki Hensley
618-235-2700, ext. 5382