Entrepreneurship +2 (BS)

During the recent economic downturn, many young people saw their parents being laid off and their peers having trouble launching traditional careers. Partly out of necessity, today’s students increasingly look to their own talents and “personal brands,” not to corporate paychecks, as the basis for a sturdy future.  Entrepreneurs play a critical role in economic development.

Vermont Tech’s Entrepreneurship curriculum is designed to help the emerging entrepreneur harness opportunities, ignite change, and build a successful business. Students will learn about transforming ideas into enterprises that add value.

The +2 curriculum is a hybrid of the AAS and BS programs. This degree completion program is designed for students who have already earned their AAS degree or have at least 50 transferable college credits. Students with backgrounds in various fields such as agriculture, computers, construction, and manufacturing can benefit from this program by learning how to convert their passion for their field into viable opportunities.

Graduates of the program will be able to recognize a business opportunity that meets their needs, provide self-analysis in the context of an entrepreneurial career, and find an attractive market that can be reached economically. In addition, students will learn how to launch their entrepreneurial career, create a business model, articulate their “elevator pitch” to gain support, and develop and present a business plan.

Students who complete the bachelor’s degree will acquire the skills to manage, optimize, and lead their growing businesses.

A student with a Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship will be able to:

  • Understand the accounting cycle including the processing and recording of typical cash receipts, cash payments, sales, vendor, and payroll transactions on an accrual and cash basis
  • Interpret financial statements and prepare budgets
  • Apply financial information to broad-based business decision making
  • Write business letters, memos, email messages, instant messages, and blog posts
  • Create reports using accurate research methods and citations
  • Develop and deliver an effective oral team presentation on a strategic business topic
  • Understand the structure and function of human behavior in organizations and how behavioral influences impact productivity, organizational effectiveness, and efficiency at the individual, small group, and organizational levels
  • Develop marketing strategies to satisfy specific target audiences and create a marketing mix using the “4 Ps” of product, price, place, and promotion
  • Apply and integrate marketing concepts with other business disciplines to affect a business strategy
  • Perform human resources functions in the areas of selecting, training, and evaluating personnel
  • Identify best practices in employee training, development, appraisal, and rewards
  • Understand the basic operations, tools, and production functions of an organization involved in the efficient and effective production and delivery of goods and services
  • Understand the genesis of project, program, and portfolio management
  • Use the tools and techniques involved in initiating, planning, executing, monitoring, controlling, and closing projects
  • Understand the key characteristics and terminology of the business disciplines of management, human resources, marketing, and finance and integrate these disciplines to develop and affect corporate strategies and plans
  • Recognize a business opportunity that meets their individual needs
  • Understand how to launch an entrepreneurial career

The student, in conjunction with the department chair, may develop a sequence of courses to best meet their background and needs that still satisfies the degree requirements. The +2 student must have at least 50 transferrable credits from an accredited institution. These credits should include 20 credits consistent with the general education requirements for an associate degree. Any deficiencies will require additional coursework. 

A typical curriculum is shown here.

 

 

  • Scholarships: While there are no program-specific scholarships available at this time, additional scholarships are available.  

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Percent Job and Advanced Education Placement Rate in Entrepreneurship

Vermont Tech Entrepreneurship student outcomes are strong. The class of 2016 had a 100% job and advanced placement rate within six months of graduation. Many students have internships while they’re in college that lead to full-time employment after graduation.

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