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Applied Business Practices (A.A.S.) +

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About the Degree
Career Information
General Education Requirements
Program Requirements 

The Applied Business Practices program prepares you to work in the fast paced, rapidly evolving business settings of the 21st century. You will learn current and relevant practices in change management, systems thinking, project management, and financial literacy. Upon completion of the program, you will be prepared for a variety of entry-level employment opportunities in the fields of manufacturing, transportation, and broader business settings.

+This program can be completed fully online.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Applied Business Practices program will be able to: 

  • describe and analyze organizational culture and structure in the workforce including levels of management and supervision, roles of leadership and teams, relationships with clients and outside partners, and strategies for professional development;
  • apply critical thinking, effective communication, technology, data analysis, and process workflow analysis to successfully develop and implement systematic solutions to workplace projects and initiatives;
  • apply methods of bookkeeping, financial budgeting, cash flow management, and planning to professional workplace scenarios;
  • explore and demonstrate strategies and steps required for successful change management including analysis of current practice and proposed changes and implementation planning;
  • demonstrate academic skills required of all CCV graduates, including competency in writing, information literacy, oral communication, quantitative reasoning; and
  • explore pathways for educational and career development in the student’s field of study.

The Applied Business Practices program is great for you if:

  • you are interested in working in fast-paced, rapidly changing business and industry environments;
  • you want to develop key professional skills applicable to a wide range of career fields;
  • you have good communication, data analysis, problem solving and computer skills;
  • you enjoy working on complex projects in a team environment; and
  • you are looking to advance to supervisory positions within your current or future career fields.

Key information and advice for students in the Applied Business Practices program:

  • The Applied Business Practices curriculum includes coursework in professional communication, financial literacy, change management, systems thinking and project management. Vermont employers identified these skills as essential for workers in the 21st century.
  • The two required Applied Business Practices internships help students translate their classroom learning into real-world experience and make connections with local employers.
  • Focus areas provide the opportunity to develop additional skills in transportation, manufacturing, or business.
  • Students with previous job experience can take advantage of Assessment of Prior Learning to earn credits towards degree completion.

The Applied Business Practices program prepares you for careers such as:

  • Transportation Coordinator
  • Manufacturing First-Line Supervisor
  • Wholesale Sales Representative
  • Supervisor of Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers

Job Outlook in Applied Business Practices in Vermont

Projected Growth
(10 Yrs)
Computer-controlled Machine Tool Operators $32,600  11%
Team Assembler $28,500  4%
Customer Service Representative $28,400  15%
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers $55,100  13%


Source: Vermont Department of Labor, http://www.vtlmi.info/oic.cfm 

General Education Requirements for A.A.S.

All associate degrees include completion of general education requirements which, together with program requirements, constitute a minimum of 60 credits. In some cases program requirements also fulfill general education requirements. You may not use a single course to meet two general education requirements.

Core Competencies

Complete at least one course in each of the following:


Areas of Inquiry

Complete at least one course in the following:


Integrative Approaches

Complete both of the following:


* You may use a course to meet both a program requirement and a general education requirement; however, you may not use a single course to meet two general education requirements.

Minimum Total Credits in Degree: 60

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