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2020-2021 Catalog 
2020-2021 Catalog

Technical Studies, AAS

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Major Code: 3713

Program Description

A program of study developed under this degree designation leads to an A.A.S. Degree in Technical Studies. This program of study will include general education, general technical education, and specific occupational training. On-the-job training is an optional component that may be included. Portions of this type of education and training are currently offered on a no-college credit basis via quality industry-based educational and training programs.

Program Goals and Objectives

This degree program is designed to provide a vehicle to assist the community and technical colleges in responding to the needs of employers in a timely manner. Those educational needs that are one time or short term are the primary focus for this program.

Program Assessment

No specific assessment is made; however, technical courses may be required to successfully complete industry certifications.

Transfer Baccalaureate Options

Possible transfer to Board of Regents or Bachelor of Technology.


Business, industry, labor, and government organizations interested in furthering the education and training of their employees/members constitute the target audience of this degree program. By providing a program of study designed to enhance and maintain employee knowledge and skills, it is expected that such individuals will maintain employee knowledge and skills. It is expected that such individuals will enjoy greater job security and job flexibility while providing employers with a more highly skilled and educated workforce. For those just entering the job market, the program of study will include the education and training needed to assure basic entry level skills for the specific technical/occupational field. Such programs will typically be offered only if the need for new employees or the need for expanded education and of current employees is needed by the employers served by the sponsoring community and technical college.

Gainful Employment Information

Graduates may find employment as:

49-9052 Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers

15-1041 Computer Support Specialists

49-9042 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General

51-9011 Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders

51-2022 Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers

Note: Program credit awarded for occupational training is subject to review and approval by the division dean and the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at the end of the program assessment paragraph.

Program Requirements

Component I-General Education

  • Communication Skills (At least one business or technical writing or business course) 6
  • Quantitative Skills/Laboratory Science/Experience (At least one mathematics course) 3
  • General Education Elective/ To satisfy minimum 6

Component Total: 15

Component II – Technical Core

  • Each program of study must include a general technical core that meets the goal of developing skills that may be applied to a variety of occupations or that may be specific to an occupation. Technical courses such as the examples listed below are to be a part of every program of study under this degree designation.
  • Labor Management Relations, Laboratory Science, Safety and Industrial Hygiene, Fluid Power, Principles of Management, Graphics, Principles of Supervision, Electrical Systems, Methods of Inquiry, Human Relations, Computer Applications, Industrial Psychology, Draft/CAD/Blueprint Reading, Nutrition, Accounting Principles, Information Processing, Advanced Mathematics, Industrial Relations, Human Resource Management, TQM Principles, Qualitative Business Analysis, Statistics, Quality Control Principles, Medical Terminology

Component Total: 39 Max

Component III – Supervised Worksite Based Learning or OJT Training

The component consists of technical specialty courses specific to an occupational area. Technical courses developed and delivered by the college, apprenticeship courses, or approved courses included in a business or industry training program can be included in this component. Apprenticeship and industry based education and training program courses are to be converted to college credit hours at the usual ratio of 15:1 for lecture and at a rate consistent with BVCTC’s lab hour/credit hour ratio for lab credit.

Component Total: 39 Max

Component IV: On-the-Job Training in the Occupation or Supervised Work Based Learning

Credit for worksite-based training is optional in the certificate in technical studies program. When incorporated, such training consists of an internship, practicum, or OJT experience performed in an occupational setting related to the certificate. The credit value of internships will be determined by the process and contact to credit hour ratio used in traditional programs. On-the-job training experience will be converted at a ratio of 160:1 contact hour per credit hour, with a maximum of 960 contact hours allowable. This credit may be recorded immediately prior to graduation from college.

Component Total: 12 Max

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