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Technical Studies

The Technical Studies program addresses the identified educational and training needs of business, industry, labor and governmental agencies through the delivery of customized programs in a timely and efficient manner.


Component I-General Education Credit Hours
Communication Skills (At least one business or technical writing or business course) Minimum Credit Hours 6
Quantitative Skills/Laboratory Science/Experience (At least one mathematics course) Minimum Credit Hours 3
General Education Elective/ To satisfy minimum 6
Component Total 15
Component II – Technical Core Credit Hours
Each program of study must include a general technical core that meets the goal of developing skills that may be applied to a variety of occupations or that may be specific to an occupation.  Technical courses such as the examples listed below are to be a part of every program of study under this degree designation.  
Labor Management Relations, Laboratory Science, Safety and Industrial Hygiene, Fluid Power, Principles of Management, Graphics, Principles of Supervision, Electrical Systems, Methods of Inquiry, Human Relations, Computer Applications,  Industrial Psychology, Draft/CAD/Blueprint Reading,  Nutrition, Accounting Principles, Information Processing, Advanced Mathematics, Industrial Relations, Human Resource Management, TQM Principles, Qualitative Business Analysis, Statistics, Quality Control Principles, Medical Terminology  
Component Total 39 Max
Component III – Supervised Worksite Based Learning or OJT Training Credit Hours
The component consists of technical specialty courses specific to an occupational area.  Technical courses developed and delivered by the college, apprenticeship courses, or approved courses included in a business or industry training program can be included in this component. Apprenticeship and industry based education and training program courses are to be converted to college credit hours at the usual ratio of 15:1 for lecture and at a rate consistent with BVCTC’s lab hour/credit hour ratio for lab credit.  
Component Total 39 Max
Component IV: On-the-Job Training in the Occupation or Supervised Work Based Learning Credit Hours
Credit for worksite-based training is optional in the certificate in technical studies program. When incorporated, such training consists of an internship, practicum, or OJT experience performed in an occupational setting related to the certificate. The credit value of internships will be determined by the process and contact to credit hour ratio used in traditional programs. On-the-job training experience will be converted at a ratio of 160:1 contact hour per credit hour, with a maximum of 960 contact hours allowable. This credit may be recorded immediately prior to graduation from college.  
Component Total 12 Max