Applied baccalaureate degrees fill skill gaps in practical, market-driven fields where job requirements have advanced beyond the associate degree level. They add junior and senior levels to two-year professional/technical degrees that would otherwise not transfer and count toward bachelor’s degrees at universities. The degrees vary from two-year technical education or a continuation of a professional/technical degree.
Applied baccalaureate degrees offer hands-on training in a career embedded within a four-year degree. Employers seek graduates because they have technical expertise combined with communication, computation, critical thinking and people-management skills. [Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (June 2016). Applied baccalaureate degrees. Retrieved from www.sbctc.edu.]
WVC currently offers five different four-year programs: Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering Technology (BAS-ET), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (LPN to BSN), Bachelor of Applied Science-Data Analytics (BAS-DA) and Bachelor of Applied Science in Teaching (BAS-T).