Entrepreneurship (AAS)

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.

In addition to the learning objectives of the Associate of Applied Science in Business Technology & Management, the Entrepreneurship program has two specific objectives:

  • Recognize a business opportunity that meets their individual needs
  • Demonstrate the understanding of how to launch an entrepreneurial career

Students, in conjunction with the department chair, may develop a sequence of courses to best meet their backgrounds and needs that still satisfies the degree requirements. A typical curriculum taken by students is shown here.

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

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