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Vermont Tech offers new pathways for entrepreneurial success. Through a combination of business planning and entrepreneurship courses, students of any major can enhance their degrees and gain the skills associated with starting their own business or pursuing a career in a start-up enterprise.

For Vermont Tech students, the combination of applied technical skill and entrepreneurial knowledge-base will be a potent asset in today’s economy. For visiting students, our business education is practical and enhanced with the applied learning the college is known for. You will learn by doing and be better prepared to become an entrepreneur or work in a small business.

Depending on your major and interests, you can complete a minor or concentration in entrepreneurship or a specialization in small business planning. View the curriculum to learn more about each program.

Entrepreneurial Minor for non-business majors

Complete the two entrepreneurial courses – Foundations of Entrepreneurship and Applied Entrepreneurship – and four business planning courses, and you will be awarded a Minor in Entrepreneurship. No more than nine credits of the minor may be applied to a major degree requirement.

Entrepreneurial Concentration for business majors

Complete the two entrepreneurial courses – Foundations of Entrepreneurship and Applied Entrepreneurship – and four business planning courses, and you may earn a Concentration in Entrepreneurship. No more than nine credits of the concentration may be applied to a major degree requirement.

Small Business Planning Specialization for degree and non-degree students

Complete four courses and receive a Specialization in Small Business Planning. Upon successful completion, these twelve credits may be applied to graduation requirements.

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for the minor, concentration nor specialization, although individual courses may have prerequisites. Interested students should complete an application form available from here or from the Vermont Technical College Business Department. Minors and Concentrations are limited to students enrolled in baccalaureate programs.

Locations

Coursework may be taken at Vermont Tech’s Williston or Randolph campuses, subject to enrollment limits. Not every course will be offered every semester, so interested participants should consult with their advisor about completion, or contact Lori Stroutsos in Randolph or Allan Rodgers in Williston.

Curriculum Details

Some courses may already be included in a degree program, or as an elective. Those courses are applicable to the Entrepreneurial or Small Business Planning coursework.

Small Business Planning Specialization Courses

Entrepreneurial Minor or Concentration Courses

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

Education & Career Opportunities

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With a strong job placement rate, a full 96% of our students land jobs in their field within six months of graduation.

Based on its most recent Job Outcome Survey, Vermont Tech’s students achieve at a uniquely high level. Vermont Tech recently conducted its 6-Month Job Outcome survey for the class of 2014. Out of the total 596 graduates, 512 students responded to the survey, giving an 86% response rate. The results of the survey reported that the overall placement rate in advanced education or employment of Vermont Tech’s Class of 2014 is 96%. The percentage of graduates employed within their field is 96% as well.

There is no doubt about the quality and relevance of a Vermont Tech degree. There are great jobs in Vermont and New England if you are willing to pursue an applied, technical college degree.

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