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The Bachelor of Technical and Applied Studies is a degree offered through the Regional College. It is designed for students who are beginning their academic study or for students who hold an associate degree or have completed some college-level coursework.
The program will accommodate varied educational backgrounds, develop competencies needed for success in a variety of work settings and offer major courses in schedules attractive to traditional students or time- and place-bound adults.
Students may declare one of the seven optional concentrations within the Technical and Applied Studies major listed below, or select the major without a concentration.
The Technical and Applied Studies major (with no concentration) offers a flexible and robust core of skills/knowledge-based courses, which bridge multiple disciplines in multiple colleges. The skills/knowledge provided by this program are civic engagement, computer literacy, critical thinking, diversity/internationalization, ethics, information literacy, leadership, self-management, oral and written communication and statistical and algebraic thinking. Students construct a meaningful plan for using the curriculum in Technical and Applied Studies to explore and prepare for their preferred futures by completing a cornerstone course and developing an electronic portfolio. This enables students to collect artifacts of their learning, which can be used to advance their careers. A capstone course features a synthesizing of learning focused on the 10 foundational competencies and finalization of the electronic portfolio for job search and career development purposes.
The Applied Business Concentration is an option for Associate degree graduates or students with a business background who choose not to pursue the B.B.A or for students who would like to gain knowledge about financial management; customer service; strategic management; labor students; and leadership. The concentration includes a practicum.
The Nonprofit-Human Services Concentration prepares individuals who fill these positions. The concentration provides students with knowledge and competencies in areas such as grant writing and fundraising, mission and vision, advocacy and lobbying, risk management, board committee development, program planning, leadership and ethics, human resource development, youth and adult development, marketing, financial management and nonprofit management.
The Computer Technology Application Development Concentration is a pathway option for graduates of the Application Development Technology concentration within the AAB degree in Computer Technology and provides students with the ability to program in languages identified by local Advisory Board Committees as necessary skills for employment. The languages include but are not limited to C++, C#, Java and VB.Net.
The Computer Technology Applied Computer Security and Forensics Technology Concentration is one pathway option for graduates of the Network Technology concentration within the AAB degree in Computer Technology and for students pursuing Kent State's post-secondary certificate in Computer Forensics and Information Security. The emphasis is on securing desktops and local area networks, which often includes forensic work to prevent and/or determine and correct security issues.
The Computer Technology General Concentration prepares students for positions in small- and medium-sized organizations that require computer staff to perform a wide variety of technical duties. In smaller installations, it is common for an employee to function in a broad capacity using a multitude of skills. This concentration is also a pathway for graduates of the General Technology concentration within the AAB degree in Computer Technology.
The Computer Technology Internet/Multimedia Concentration is a pathway option for graduates of the Internet/Multimedia Technology concentration within the AAB degree in Computer Technology and focuses on scripting, server-side form handling, web database integration, and interactive and dynamic multimedia Internet development.
The Computer Technology Networking Concentration offers a second option for graduates of the Network Technology concentration within the AAB degree in Computer Technology. This concentration focuses on configuring and maintaining local area networks (LAN) primarily utilizing Microsoft products; it also includes courses covering Linux. The focus is on entry-level network administration (i.e., managing active directory and network services), desktops, troubleshooting, installation and maintenance.