Individualized Studies Diploma

About the Department

  • Upgrade your work-related skills and knowledge to prepare for a new occupation.
  • Improve your communication and computer skills.
  • Develop job search strategies to market your academic or occupational skills.
  • Complete a degree or diploma by combining credits that you have earned previously, and receive credit for prior learning.

The Individualized Studies program is a flexible program where the student gets to design a set of classes that meets their specific needs. With the help on an advisor, students develop a course plan to upgrade work-related skills and knowledge, or to prepare for new occupations and/or transfer degree programs.

Program Information

Special Department Information:

In addition to the program requirements listed above, students must meet the following conditions in order to graduate:

1.   College Cumulative GPA Requirement: The cumulative grade point average (GPA) of credits attempted and completed at CLC must be at least 2.0
2.   Residency Requirement: students must complete one third (3) of their credits at Central Lakes College.

Program Course Requirements

Required Courses:
Choose one of the following:
CCST 1520  Career Planning  (2 cr)
CCST 1558  Introduction to E-Learning  (1 cr)
COMP 1101  Introduction to Computer Fundamentals  (3 cr)
Total – 1 to 3 credits

General Education:
Students must complete at least one class from Minnesota Transfer Curriculum Goal Area 1 – Communications.
Total – 3 to 4 credits

Students must work with an academic advisor to identify and complete 24-27 additional credits from technical or liberal arts disciplines.



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Mary DeVahl

Career Studies & Psychology Instructor
Phone: 218-855-8012
Brainerd E149
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Kari Frisch

Communication Instructor
Phone: 218-855-8167
Brainerd E452
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Jeff Johnson

English Instructor
Phone: 218-855-8102
Brainerd E405

Employment Statistics

For more information regarding employment statistics, career salary information and estimated job growth, follow the resource links below:

Gainful Employment – Individualized Studies Diploma

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