Entrepreneurship (AAS)

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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.  According to the Kauffman Index of Startup Activity, a national early indicator of new business creation in the United States, activity rose 10% in 2015 in a sharp contrast to the downward trend started in 2010. Their calculations approximate 530,000 new business owners each month during the year in 2015. 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 AAS degree in Entrepreneurship exposes students to an applied academic approach to the study of Entrepreneurship by focusing on creativity and innovation and offering business fundamentals such as accounting, finance, management, communication and marketing in the context of planning and launching a new business. Students who complete the associate degree program will be able to identify, plan, and evaluate new venture opportunities.

A student with an Associate of Applied Science in Entrepreneurship will be able to:

  • Complete the steps of the accounting cycle, including processing and recording typical cash receipts, cash payments, sales, vendor, and payroll transactions
  • Prepare and interpret financial statements for service and merchandising businesses on an accrual basis
  • Understand module integrated accounting software and use Quickbooks software to record and process typical transactions and prepare financial statements
  • Use document and communication collaboration systems to create business documents and to design and develop newsletters, brochures, and other promotional materials
  • 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 presentation
  • Understand the psychology of face-to-face communication and the role of non-verbal communication
  • Demonstrate successful team skills, effective listening, and professional behavior
  • Effectively utilize resume-writing, interviewing, and job-seeking skills to advance career goals
  • Understand the key characteristics and terminology of the business disciplines of management, human resources, marketing, and finance
  • 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. A typical curriculum is shown here.

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

Careers in Entrepreneurship

Placement Rate
Vermont Tech

Vermont Tech data: 6 Month Outcome Survey, Class of 2017 National Data: National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) First Destinations for the College Class of 2016 (October 2017)

Job Projections
Job projections







Rate of New Entrepreneurs in 2016 vs. 2015 (source: The Kauffman Index, 2016)


Entrepreneurs Predict Increased Profits (source GEI, March 2016)


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