JCC to Launch New Associate’s Degree and New Applied Business Studies Program
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JCC to Launch New Associate’s Degree and New Applied Business Studies Program

Published: April 20, 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 of 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, Vice President of Workforce Development and Business at JCC.

All of the required classes for Jefferson’s Applied Business Studies program are offered on campus and several are offered online and at the Fort Drum Education Center.

Interested students are encouraged to contact Enrollment Services, 315-786-2437 or 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 (315) 786-2486 or email 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.

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