Become Workforce Ready with an Associate Degree Program in an Occupational Field

With two-year Occupational associate degree programs, students learn workforce-ready skills through hands-on learning delivered by certified faculty. Our programs aim at developing foundational skills to begin or grow a lucrative career in the chosen field.

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Experience practical knowledge with hands-on classroom learning.



Our classes are taught by leading industry experts with years of experience.



Programs are designed based on local economic needs. Train for an in-demand career in the local economy.

Become Job-ready with an Occupational Associate Degree Programs

Blue Ridge CTC’s associate degree programs in the Occupational field develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies employers look for in-demand professions. The programs equip students with academic knowledge and work-based training to help them:

  • Obtain sought-after skills that translate across many different roles and industries.
  • Become competent for the in-demand roles and professions that offer lucrative earning potential.
  • Build a foundation for moving into careers that are in demand in the local economy.

Prepare for Growing Career Opportunities in the Occupational Field

Apart from academics, Blue Ridge CTC helps match students with the best career choices by providing job search and placement assistance. With an associate degree in the occupational fields, students pave their way to well-paying career options including:

  • Agricultural Manager
  • Clinical Laboratory Technologist
  • Environmental Science Technicians
  • Lineworkers
  • Engineering Technician
  • Drone Technician
  • Heavy Equipment Technician
  • And more!

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Why Choose Blue Ridge CTC?

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College provide access to a range of affordable, flexible two-year associate degree programs in the occupational field. We offer high-quality instruction and career assistance that meets every career goal!

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Admissions Counselors and Academic Advisors at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College help students navigate career paths throughout their academic career.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about pursuing a Blue Ridge CTC’s associate degree program in an Occupational field? We can help!

An ssociate degree programs in occupational studies cost less than a bachelor’s degree and take about two years to complete when enrolled full time. Students learn industry skills through hands-on coursework guided by experienced faculty. The programs allow the students to gain foundation knowledge and skills relevant to enter or advance in the sought-after occupations at lucrative wages.
Blue Ridge CTC’s Occupational associate degree programs do not require ACT or SAT scores to qualify for admission. Students may need ACT or SAT scores, or free placement testing to qualify for courses such as English, Math, or Chemistry. Placement testing can be scheduled at any time during the application process.
Admission requirements include a high school diploma or equivalent and a complete application packet. Students who have earned credits at other Colleges or Universities must also provide official copies of those transcripts. There is also a $25 application fee that can be paid at any time once an application is submitted.
Blue Ridge CTC Occupational associate degree programs require 60 credits, which takes about two years to complete when enrolled as a full-time student.
At Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, we offer the following Occupational associate degree programs:
  • Associate degree in Agribusiness
  • Associate degree in Laboratory Technician
  • Associate degree in UAS Technologies
  • Associate degree in Environmental Science Technician
  • Associate degree in Heavy Equipment Technician
  • Associate degree in Board of Governors
  • Associate degree in Technical Studies


Note: All salary projections are based on the current position and educational needs. BRCTC cannot guarantee that job titles or the projections given will be the salaries students or graduates will ultimately receive. Two year completion is approximate and based on full-time enrollment. Student testimonials, income statements, and examples on the College website are the results of real students. These testimonials are not intended to guarantee that anyone will achieve the same or similar results. Each individual’s success depends on his or her desire, commitment, dedication, and motivation to pursue academic and workforce opportunities. Testimonials are not intended to create a contract between a student and the College.

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