Earn an Associate Degree in Technical Studies

The Technical Studies program is exclusively designed for students or prospective students currently employed by an employer who is working with Blue Ridge Community and Technical College. Our program allows employers to customize a course of study for their employees while giving them the skill sets to use technology effectively, sharpen communication skills, and develop practical problem-solving strategies.

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Enroll in a Technical Studies Program Designed for You

Our Associate of Applied Science in Technical Studies program is designed by expert faculty to deliver hands-on practical learning to let students gain upward mobility in well-paying technical jobs.

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The Technical Studies program can be customized based on employer needs. Set a solid foundation with our 2-year Technical Studies program. Blue Ridge CTC offers a blend of content-specific knowledge and professional skills employers look for in qualified applicants.

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Designed for

Employer Partners

This program is exclusively designed for students or prospective students currently employed by an employer who is working with Blue Ridge Community and Technical College

Create

Career Latitude

Completing this degree may enhance your professional skill sets and may increase your opportunities for upward mobility.

Fully

Customizable

Our program allows employers to customize a course of study for their employees while giving them the skill sets to use technology effectively, sharpen communication skills, and develop practical problem-solving strategies.

On-the-

Job Training

On-the-job training incorporated into the degree progression.

Why Choose an Associate Degree in Technical Studies?

With a two-year Technical Studies program, students learn advanced technical skills required to use thriving technologies and develop problem-solving strategies at a workplace. This program is only for individuals whose employer is working with Blue Ridge Community and Technical College to ensure completion of this degree. Goals of the Technical Studies program include:

    • Cultivate the abilities of employees to use technology effectively and responsibly.
    • Implement strategies for employees to communicate information effectively through reading, writing, speaking and listening.
    • Develop employee’s abilities to solve problems through understanding, reasoning, research, and productive teamwork.
    • Identify ways in which lifelong learning and technical interests correlate with college-level learning.
    • Demonstrate the interpersonal and evaluative skills necessary to effectively provide and receive constructive feedback.

Advance Your Career With a Technical Studies Degree

Blue Ridge CTC’s associate degree program in Technical Studies includes industry-focused curriculum and hands-on practical learning led by certified faculty.

Throughout the Technical Studies degree program, our faculty and technical advisors work directly with employer partners to ensure the development of workforce skills required for the rapidly evolving employment opportunities in today’s economy.

Earn this degree from our School of Workforce Development and Engineering Technologies.

2-year

Degree Program

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On-campus, Hybrid

60

Credit Hours

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What Will You Learn - Curriculum Overview

The Technical studies program includes a general technical core, occupational specialty and on the job training to provide a well rounded education to students.

This program is offered exclusively to students employed by an employer partner working with Blue Ridge Community and Technical College. The program ensures students:

    • Obtain fundamental technical knowledge.
    • Use on-the job training, internship, or practicum performed in business or industry settings toward degree completion.
    • Receive a customizable degree based on individual training available.

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Build Your Future With Blue Ridge CTC

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What You Experience at Blue Ridge CTC

Blue Ridge CTC acts as a catalyst to career goals, gives students exposure to real-time career prospects, and provides a learning environment supporting personal and professional growth.

World-class Pedagogy That Shapes Future Leaders!

Effective faculty is the backbone of any school. Our faculty are committed teachers and scholars who:

Deliver real-world learning to shape a students’ job market competency.

Impart teaching that promotes creativity and sets the base for further 4-year programs.

Extend a smart learning model that raises job prospects.

Integrate best-in-class learning formats and resources to drive focused learning.

Student Support Services and Spaces for Balanced Learning!

We provide comprehensive Student Support Services to promote student success.

Student Services provides a variety of support, including tutoring, accessibility accommodations, and more!

We provide high-tech classes, supporting labs, and study areas to promote a balanced education.

We recognize talent and celebrate performance with awards and acknowledgments.

We have supportive staff to help with personal, professional, and academic challenges.

Placement Assistance to Nurture Careers!

We support students from admission through the career search! Career Services assists students:

Find the right kind of job with a career inventory assessment.

Get assistance on resume writing and referral to participating employer partners.

With interview preparation to boost their morale and get prepared with the right narration to win job negotiations.

Get a holistic learning environment, where they are nurtured to become the next set of professionals entering the workforce.

Promoting Equity to Develop an Intercultural College Environment

As a community of students, faculty, staff, and external stakeholders, we strive for diversity, equity, and inclusion on our campuses, both inside and outside of the classroom.

Campus diversity encourages open dialogue on campus.

Equity removes barriers and ensures equal opportunities are afforded to all.

Our campus offers an inclusive, welcoming environment where all are valued, celebrated, and included.

The campus community promotes diversity and inclusion through a variety of speakers and events.

Hands-on Training and Internship Opportunities

We are committed to providing students with real-time training and internship opportunities to enter the workforce directly after graduating.

We provide industry expert instruction to strengthen job-specific skills needed for real-world challenges.

We assist students with internship opportunities to find their way to a successful career.

We provide industry-certified expert supervision and guidance to raise students’ job prospects in the Government and Private sectors.

Our campus is well equipped with state-of-the-art laboratories, machinery, hardware, and software required to provide the technical skills needed for real jobs.

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Learn more about alumni who successfully reached their goals by earning an education at Blue Ridge CTC!

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Worried About Paying for College? Many Options Exist for Financial Aid.

Blue Ridge CTC provides need-based financial aid to qualified applicants, ensuring all students have equal access to quality education.

Whether you are a student worrying about tuition fees or are a parent assisting a child paying for college, we have a wide variety of financial resources available.

    • State and Federal Grant Programs
    • Student Work-Study Opportunities
    • Student Loans
    • Special Grant Funding Opportunities
    • Blue Ridge CTC Foundation Scholarship opportunities

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Have questions about the associate degree in Technical Studies? We can help!

This program is exclusively designed for students or prospective students currently employed by an employer who is working with Blue Ridge Community and Technical College. Our program allows employers to customize a course of study for their employees while giving them the skill sets to use technology effectively, sharpen communication skills, and develop practical problem-solving strategies.

The Blue Ridge Community and Technical College can customize this degree program for employers. Certificate programs are also available.

Goals of the Technical Studies Program include:

  1. Cultivate the abilities of employees to use technology effectively and responsibly.
  2. Implement strategies for employees to communicate information effectively through reading, writing, speaking and listening.
  3. Develop employee’s abilities to solve problems through understanding, reasoning, research, and productive teamwork.
  4. Identify ways in which lifelong learning and technical interests correlate with college-level learning.
  5. Demonstrate the interpersonal and evaluative skills necessary to effectively provide and receive constructive feedback.
Admissions requirements for the associate degree in Technical Studies includes 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 does not require ACT or SAT scores to qualify for admission to the associate degree in Technical Studies program. 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.

Disclaimer

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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