Jefferson Community College officials to launch new degree, Applied Business Studies program


WATERTOWN, N.Y. (April 21, 2020) – Jefferson Community College (JCC) officials have announced the launch of a new Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) degree in Applied Business Studies program beginning this fall.

The program is designed to recognize an individual’s skills obtained from work experience and/or credits received from a technical / vocational school. Students may receive up to 20 credit hours of learning experience towards degree completion in Jefferson’s Applied Business Studies program.

“The program is well-suited for military personnel, who have acquired enhanced skills through their on-the-job training to transition to the private sector,” said Dawn M. Robinson, JCC Business Department chair. “Additionally, the program addresses the needs of workforce professionals seeking advancement in their current careers or to develop an entrepreneurial venture.”

“This new Associate in Occupational Studies degree is the first of its kind at Jefferson,” said Thomas J. Finch, JCC vice president for academic affairs. “It will allow dedicated business-minded students to receive credit for their vocational training and experience, hone their skills in the business field and complete their degree quicker to pursue their career goals.”

Jefferson’s Applied Business Studies program can be completed in two years of full-time study or longer with part-time study. Graduates of the Applied Business Studies program will possess the skills necessary to start or operate a business and will demonstrate an understanding of marketing techniques to promote a business, business finances and financial operations, the four functions of management, and basic accounting.

“The Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) is deliberately narrow to exclude core courses such as English and math, and places great emphasis on teaching workforce skills to fast-track students into higher-paying positions in a trade they want to work in,” said Terrence H. Harris, associate vice president for workforce development and business at JCC.

The fall semester will begin Aug. 31, 2020. Students may start the application process now. Applying to Jefferson Community College is free!

Interested students are encouraged to contact Enrollment Services at (315) 786-2437, schedule a virtual appointment online at or email as soon as possible to begin the application process.

For more information about the Applied Business Studies program at JCC, contact Dawn M. Robinson at

Prospective students also may learn more about the Applied Business Studies program at JCC’s virtual open house held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 28. RSVP online to attend at


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