Imagine you don't really know what you want to do for a living yet. Maybe you want to be a doctor, maybe you want to provide a doctor with tools during a surgery, maybe you want to design the tools, maybe you want to work with the community where this doctor works. There are so many different careers you could choose, getting that associates degree will help get you on the path to what you really want to be doing, while gaining credits toward a degree or training. Maybe you like the tool design so much that you find a 9 month training program you want to attend when you graduate. Wow, you would have an associates and a tool and die certification?!??! Heck yeah you want to do it if you can, you set yourself up to be at the top of the hiring chain earlier. I hope that helps!