Oct 23, 2021  
Academic Catalog (2021-2022) 
Academic Catalog (2021-2022)

Entrepreneurship (A.A.S.)

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A.A.S. Degree

Program Description

If you enjoy technical, hands-on work and wish to expand your business leadership and management skills - or if you are just starting out and want to enhance your technical experience with additional entrepreneurial skills - the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Entrepreneurship will help you focus your direction and develop your skills for a successful future.     

The Entrepreneurship A.A.S. degree allows experienced students to receive credit for life experience, or from military experience/transcripts, or diplomas from career and technology centers. For both experienced students and those just starting out, this degree provides a strong foundation in entrepreneurship and small business management. Graduates will learn the basics of communication, math, science, and business management concepts, increasing their marketability or ability to start their own business.

This A.A.S. degree is built for those with technical training or technical interest who are open to the rewarding and challenging world of entrepreneurship. With an Entrepreneurship A.A.S. Degree, students will be prepared to enter their field with enhanced skills or to advance from within with confidence and ease.

Career Opportunities

  • Entrepreneur
  • Small Business Manager
  • Plant Manager
  • Store Manager
  • Facilities Manager
  • Warehouse Manager

Program Objectives

Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of basic management and leadership principles.
  2. Develop strong communication and critical thinking skills.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to solve complex problems/issues.
  4. Advance in a career, building on already acquired skills and competencies.

Obtaining the Degree

To earn the Associate of Applied Science degree, students must:

  • Matriculate into the program.
  • Satisfactorily complete all degree requirements, including General Education and Major Requirements.

General Education Requirements

Credit hours: 27

Technical Electives (Choose 5 courses)

Select five courses from any technical area as technical electives.

Total Credits (15)

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Total Credits (16)

Semester II

Total Credits (15/16)

Semester III

Total Credits (15)

Semester IV

Total Credits (15)

Minimum credits to earn A.A.S. Degree: 61-62

Nanotechnology Option

Nanoscience and nanotechnology are the study and application of extremely small things and can be used across all the other science fields, such as chemistry, biology, physics, materials science, and engineering. To learn more about nanotechnology, visit http://www.cneu.psu.edu/hmWhatIsNano.html.

Through our partnership with the NACK (Nanotechnology Applications and Career Knowledge) Network and Penn State University Nanotechnology, Penn Highlands is able to connect its students with coursework and careers in the growing field of nanotechnology.

Nanotechnology Program Objectives

Upon completion of the program, the student will be able:

  • To demonstrate leadership skills based on a sense of professional and personal integrity, self-esteem, and willingness to receive and give constructive praise and criticism.
  • To apply information literacy skills.
  • To demonstrate strong communications and critical thinking skills, including reading, writing, organizing, evaluating, problem solving, editing, and presenting skills.
  • To demonstrate skills in mathematics and logic applied to technology.
  • Operate nanofabrication processing equipment with a focus on safety, environmental and health issues.
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the materials handling procedures related to advanced electronic and manufacturing technologies.
  • Identify material and physical hazards associated with basic semiconductor processing equipment.
  • Communicate advanced technical concepts in an oral, written, and graphical form.
  • Use the computer in reporting, analyzing, and researching technical information.
  • Provide an active problem-solving link between engineers and production personnel.
  • Record relevant information in a working lab notebook.
  • Identify industries using nanofabrication technology such as opto-electronics, biomedical, sensors, flat panel displays, information storage, micro-electromechanical devices, micro-fluidics, solar cells, and microelectronics.

Application Process

Eligibility Requirements for the program include:

  • Have a history of course completion.
  • Demonstrate maturity.
  • Have good interpersonal skills.
  • Have no history of disciplinary problems.
  • Work well with others.
  • Have shown a genuine interest in the NMT field and be registered as a nanofabrication student.
  • Complete the required prerequisites.
  • Have a minimum 2.5 GPA.
  • Obtain a recommendation from the program lead.

To be accepted into the PSU Nanotechnology capstone program, students must:

  • Contact the Office of Instruction at Penn Highlands for program application instructions and information at 814.262.6486.
  • Apply to Penn State and provide the necessary documentation, including a letter of reference.
  • If accepted, students must provide acceptance letter to the Registrar for course scheduling.
  • Pay the required tuition, fees, and materials for the program. Costs will include room and board for the semester at Penn State Main Campus, a program fee of $2,500, Penn Highlands’ tuition and fees, books, and materials.

Students may contact the Penn State University NMT program directly for more information and the application: Sue Barger, Administrative Support Coordinator, 814.865.9635, sbarger@engr.psu.edu.

Course Information

Students pursuing certification in Nanotechnology will complete the Liberal Arts and Science Degree and then enroll in the following courses offered through the Pennsylvania Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology (NMT) Partnership at Penn State University’s Main Campus.  Courses are offered in one 15-week semester at Penn State University in State College, PA.  Students must make arrangements to attend classes in State College, including room and board.

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