How CWA Works


What Is CWA?

The College for Working Adults is a unique program for adults who have full-time work and/or family responsibilities. Through a curriculum developed specifically for busy adults, students can earn an associate’s degree in just two and a half years while working full time. With proper advising, students seeking bachelor’s degrees can, after completing an Associates degree, transfer their credits to four-year colleges or universities.

How Does CWA Work?

CWA schedules its degree programs into a block system. Typically a block of classes will include an online experience along with a classroom experience. During each block, the student concentrates on nine to ten credit hours of courses in one of the following areas:

  • Social Sciences
  • Humanities, Communication, and the Arts
  • Science and Math
  • Business and Technology

Within each block, course work and assignments are thematically related when appropriate.

What Degrees Are Offered Through CWA?

The SFCC College for Working Adults program offers Associate in Arts (AA) degrees in Business Administration and Accounting. The AA in Business Administration is designed for students who want to pursue bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration or other business fields. The AA in Accounting is designed for students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Accounting. Both degrees require course work in liberal arts and business. The two degrees differ by two courses, seven credit hours.  Students earning the AA Accounting degree automatically earn the AA Business Administration degree. The current degree plans are linked below.

AA Business Administration

AA Accounting

CWA classes can be used to complete an Associates degree or meet the general education requirements for professional degrees at SFCC or other schools. CWA classes can also be used to satisfy lower-division requirements at four-year schools. Some CWA students take classes simply for personal enrichment.

How Do I Know Which Courses to Choose for my Schedule?

A highly recommended sequence of courses for degree commencement and completion is linked below. “Year 1 Semester 1” on the sequence plan is the suggested starting point regardless of the semester in which the student begins work on the degree.

Accounting Course Sequence Plan

Business Administration Course Sequence Plan

Each semester a schedule of courses is created for the AA Business Administration and AA Accounting degrees. The section numbers and dates and times for these courses are denoted in the right-hand column of the degree sequence plan. An option of an on-line and/or on-ground (in the classroom) course is offered for most courses. CWA students are welcome to choose whichever section of the course best fits their work schedule. The Fall 2016 schedule is linked below.

Fall 2017 School of Business schedule

What Advising Help Is Available To CWA Students?

The CWA commitment to personalized education includes student advising. An advisor, who understands the needs of adults, is available to help CWA students with their academic planning. Career development and personal counseling are also available through the college counseling center.

SFCC advisors can evaluate your transcripts from other institutions and determine which courses may be accepted for credit at SFCC. We also offer a Credit for Prior Learning course to advise you about other credit options.

How Will CWA Acknowledge My Past Learning and Experience?

SFCC advisors will evaluate your transcripts from other institutions and determine which courses may be accepted for credit at SFCC. Credit for Prior Learning options can also be explored. Students entering the program with a previously earned bachelor’s degree will have all General Education requirements waived with the exception an economics course.

What is the Cost of the CWA Program?

The cost of the CWA program is equivalent to the expenses incurred by all non-CWA students enrolled in the AA Accounting and AA Business Administration program at SFCC. Specific tuition and related fees can be reviewed through the link below.

SFCC Tuition and Fees

What Can CWA Do For You?

CWA has adult needs in mind and can provide you with:

  • college-level skills that will enhance your opportunities for career advancement
  • a supportive, adult-oriented learning environment
  • special help, if needed, in strengthening your study skills and your basic math and writing skills
  • a quality education at an affordable price
  • a forum for self-discovery and personal growth through meeting new people and confronting new ideas.

What Makes CWA Successful?

  • Highly qualified faculty
  • Integrated curriculum
  • Supportive learning-community environment

How Do I Enroll?

Admission to the College of Working adults requires a high school diploma or GED. In addition, applicants should either take the Course Placement Evaluation (Accuplacer Exam) or supply transcripts of any prior college credit to the CWA advisor before beginning the program. Enrollment in the program mirrors the general enrollment process for non-CWA students at SFCC. The link is provided below. Upon completion of the enrollment process, the student will get an A# (a unique student ID) which will be used for course registration. Additional enrollment information can be reviewed at the “How To Enroll” tab on the navigation pane to the left.

Registration Process

Financial aid may be applied to the CWA program. Students must apply for financial aid using the FASFA process. Eligibility is determined by the U.S Department of Education. For additional information, please contact the SFCC Financial Aid website or (505) 428-1268.

What Do I Do Once I Have Applied and Been Accepted at SFCC?

Meet with a CWA advisor for assistance with the following:

  • Declare a major: AA Business Administration and/or AA Accounting
  • Determine if you have earned credits that could transfer from another college or institution
  • Determine if you meet the pre-requisites for the courses
  • Create a semester schedule

Please note that these tasks can be accomplished through a phone consult.