JCC to Launch New A.O.S. Degree in Applied Business Studies
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JCC to Launch New A.O.S. Degree in Applied Business Studies

Published: April 22, 2020

Jefferson Community College (JCC) announces the launch of a new Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) degree in Applied Business Studies program beginning Fall 2020. The program is designed to recognize an individual’s pre-existing skills obtained from work experience and/or credits received from a technical/vocational school. Students may receive up to 20 credit hours of prior learning experience towards degree completion in Jefferson’s Applied Business Studies program. Fall semester will begin August 31, 2020. Students may start the application process now. Applying to Jefferson is free!

“The program is well suited for military personnel, who have acquired enhanced skills through their on-the-job training to transition to the private sector,” says Dawn M. Robinson, JCC Business Department Chair. “Additionally, the program addresses the needs of workforce professionals seeking advancement in their current careers or to develop an entrepreneurial venture.”

JCC Vice President for Academic Affairs Thomas J. Finch says, “This new Associate in Occupational Studies degree is the first of its kind at Jefferson. It will allow dedicated business minded students to receive credit for their vocational training and experience, hone their skills in the business field and complete their degree quicker to pursue their career goals.”

Jefferson’s Applied Business Studies program can be completed in two years of full-time study or longer with part-time study. Graduates of Jefferson’s Applied Business Studies program will possess the hard skills necessary to start or operate a business and will demonstrate an understanding of marketing techniques to promote a business, business finances and financial operations, the four functions of management, and basic accounting.

“The Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) is deliberately narrow to exclude core courses such as English and Math, and places great emphasis on teaching workforce skills to fast-track students into higher-paying positions in a trade they want to work in,” says Terrence H. Harris, Associate Vice President for Workforce Development and Business at JCC.

Interested students are encouraged to contact Enrollment Services, 315-786-2437, schedule a virtual appointment or email admissions@sunyjefferson.edu as soon as possible to begin the application process.

For more information about the Applied Business Studies program at JCC, contact Dawn M. Robinson, Business Department Chair, at drobinson@sunyjefferson.edu.

Prospective students may also learn more about the Applied Business Studies program at Jefferson’s virtual open house held on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. RSVP online to attend.

Jefferson offers 1 Associate of Occupational Studies (A.O.S.) degree, 16 Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees, 22 combined Associate in Science (A.S.) and Associate in Arts (A.A.) degrees and 9 Certificate programs.



Story by:

Pamela Dixon

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Public Relations Department, Jefferson Community College, (315) 786-2392, Email Public Relations