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2020-2021 Catalog 
2020-2021 Catalog

Technical Studies, CAS

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Major Code: 1712

Program Description

The Certificate of Applied Science in Technical Studies addresses the identified educational and training needs of business, industry, labor and governmental agencies through the delivery of customized programs in a timely and efficient manner.

Program Goals and Objectives

The program is designed to allow BVCTC to package courses in a manner that will address short-term educational and training needs of employers.

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.


Individuals currently employed in business and industry are the primary focus of this program. By providing a program of study designed to enhance and maintain employee knowledge and skills, it is expected that such individuals will enjoy greater job security and flexibility. For those preparing to enter the job market, the program of study will include the education and training needed to assure basic entry-level skills for the specific occupational/technical field. Such programs will typically be offered only if the need for new employees or the need for expanded education and training of current employees is demonstrated by the local businesses and industries BVCTC serves.

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

Tuition and Fees: $4050 In-State Resident, $10950 Non-Resident
Books: $1100
Graduation Rate: N/A
Job Placement Rate: 72% (college average)
Median Loan Debt: $0

Certificate Requirements

Component I-General Education

  • Communication Skills Appropriate to the Occupational Area 3
  • Quantitative Skills 3
  • Optional Additional General Education or Technical Courses which directly support the Technical Knowledge/Skills Taught in the Program 0-5

Component Total: 6 to 11

Component II – Technical / Occupational Specialty

This component consists of technical specialty courses specific to an occupational area. Technical courses developed by the college, approved courses included in a business, industry, labor or agency-based education/training program, or combinations of credit courses and/or non-credit training modules evaluated for credit equivalency by an identified college body can be included in this component. Externally based education and training programs which are equivalent to college level classroom/lab courses are to be converted to college credit hours at no less ratio than 15:1 contact to credit hours for lecture, and at a rate consistent the lab contact hour/credit hour ratio of BVCTC for laboratory credit. Credit equivalencies for noncredit training modules will be converted at no less ratio than 30:1 contact to credit hours. Credit for externally based education and training will be awarded upon completion of the college work required in Component I.

Component Total: 24 Max

Component III – Supervised Worksite Based Learning or OJT Training

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: 6 Max

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.

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