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«Vermont Technical College Catalog 2011-2012 Bachelor of Science Architectural Engineering Technology Business Technology and Management Computer ...»

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This program is designed to better meet the needs of the construction industry. Rapid technological advances in this field, combined with an aging workforce, have present opportunities for recent college graduates. With additional field experience, graduates will assume positions of superintendent, project manager, estimator, or field engineer in commercial, institutional, industrial, residential, or civil construction.

Specific program objectives, including career and learning outcomes for students include:

Program Goals:

• To prepare students with strong technical and problem-solving backgrounds for management level positions

• To enable students to control or contribute to a profitable construction-related business

• To equip future employees with the skills necessary to adapt to technological and process changes in a rapidly developing field

• To instill resiliency, lifelong learning, and a “no excuses” mentality

Learning Outcomes:

• Create and implement a company safety plan

• Create, estimate, condense, and graphically communicate Gantt, Network Diagram, and Activity on Node project management charts

• Estimate and submit competitive construction bids

• Manage a construction project, including materials and resources, from design phase to close out

• Interpret construction drawings, specifications, and permits for implementation of Best Management Practices

• Properly lay out and site buildings, bridges, and roads from designs

• Manage documentation for payments, inspections, as-built drawings, and progress submittals

• Provide immediate first aid and live saving care (CPR) to other employees

• Evaluate multiple choices in the means and methods of construction for fiscal decisionmaking and planning The minimum number of credits required for a degree is 120.

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*Students must complete a minimum of four Arts and Humanities (AH) and Social Science (SS) electives, including at least one from each discipline (AH and SS) and one at the 3XXX level.

Note: Students in this program are required to have safety glasses, work boots, speed or combo square, chalk line, a tool belt, tape measure, utility knife, and pencils.

Dairy Farm Management Technology Dairy Farm Management Technology Graduates of this program possess the skills and knowledge needed to operate a modern dairy farm. They frequently return to their home farms, are employed as herd managers, or work as breeding technicians, DHIA testers, and Peace Corps volunteers.

The college’s 500 acre working farm and registered Holstein and Brown Swiss herd are integrated into all facets of the program and students are active participants in the management and operation of the farm. Practical experience at the farm is an especially valuable aspect of the program for students who lack a farm background. Additional coursework in accounting, finance and computer applications help broaden students’ understanding of Dairy Farm Management.

Students may also apply for admission to the Farm and Agricultural Resource Management Stewards (FARMS) program offered in cooperation with the University of Vermont. FARMS students make a seamless transition from dairy farm management at Vermont Tech to a second two years at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Vermont. Full-tuition scholarships are available to Vermont students in the FARMS Program.

Students with an Associate of Applied Science in Dairy Farm Management will be able to:

• understand dairy cow nutrition and the ration formulation process

• understand dairy cow reproduction and genetics and be able to implement a breeding program

• competently milk and feed cows

• understand heifer-raising and successfully and competently raise heifers

• manage dairy cow transition from dry to lactating

• understand the dairy industry and represent it knowledgeably

• raise and store common New England forages

• manage a dairy operation budget

• assess a dairy business and recognize potential improvements

• write a business plan for a dairy operation The normal number of credits required for the degree is 66.

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*Students who place into ENG 1042 must also take ENG 1060 to complete first-year English.

**Students must complete a minimum of one Arts and Humanities (AH) and once Social Science (SS) elective.

Dental Hygiene Dental Hygiene Graduates of this program work directly with dental patients to promote optimum oral health. The dental hygiene profession is primarily educational and preventative in nature and offers opportunities to work in a variety of health care settings, including general and specialty dental practices, community health agencies, and public schools. In addition, graduates may wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree, which will provide opportunities to work in alternative settings such as public health, education, research, and dental sales.

All dental hygiene professional courses must be taken in the prescribed four semester sequence. The curriculum is time intensive and the required courses are rigorous. Complete dedication to coursework is required for successful completion of the program.





All students completing the program will be eligible to apply to participate in licensing examinations.

Students with an Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene will be able to:

• competently perform the role of a dental hygienist in varied situations and settings

• have the functional acuity and rationale for performing dental hygiene clinical techniques

• continually promote the most current concepts of disease control and prevention

• emphasize and promote ethical and responsible considerations in patient care

• make an essential and unique contribution as an integral member of a health care team

• have a basic knowledge of legal responsibilities and ethical considerations of patient care

• develop a commitment to continuous and lifelong learning The normal number of credits for the associate’s degree is 72.

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*Students who place into ENG 1042 must also take ENG 1060 to complete first-year English.

Note: All DHY/BIO courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better to continue in the program Dental Hygiene Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene Graduates of this bachelor’s program have access to more educational and career opportunities than students who have only completed an associate’s degree in Dental Hygiene. Career areas where the advanced degree would be advantageous include jobs in dental hygiene research, sales, public health, and education.

Current Vermont Tech students may continue into the bachelor’s degree program with departmental approval and do not have to make the decision until the spring of the sophomore year. Students will complete the bachelor level curriculum through a combination of online and transfer courses. Students have six years to complete the required courses for the bachelor’s degree.

The Vermont Tech Bachelor of Science degree program holds articulation agreements with Quinsigamond Community College, Community College of Rhode Island, Tunxis Community College, Mount Wachusetts Community College, Bristol Community College, and the New Hampshire Technical Institute associate degree dental hygiene programs.

These agreements are designed to maximize the number of credits students will be able to transfer to Vermont Tech. Specific details regarding these agreements can be obtained by contacting Vermont Tech’s Department of Dental Hygiene at (802) 879-5643.

Intended outcomes for the Dental Hygiene degree completion program are to:

• provide a vehicle in which graduates of the associate’s degree program may earn a bachelor’s degree while employed as practitioners or full-time students

• provide opportunities for students to explore various occupational settings such as public health, education, sales, and research

• prepare graduates for further study at the graduate level

• broaden the student’s knowledge base and education experience in dental hygiene and general education courses

• provide students with knowledge to develop skills in critical thinking and evidencebased research while fostering life-long learning The minimum number of credits for the degree is 120.

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*Students who place into ENG 1042 must also take ENG 1060 to complete first-year English.

Note: In addition to the associate requirements, bachelor’s students must complete a minimum of two Arts and Humanities (AH) or Social Sciences (SS) courses, including one at the 3XXX level.

All DHY and BIO courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better to continue in the program Diesel Power Technology Diesel Power Technology The associate degree program in Diesel Power Technology answers an increasing need for skilled diesel service technicians for the growing agricultural, heavy-duty truck, and earth-moving equipment service industry. Graduates are prepared to enter the repair, parts, or management aspects of the diesel power service industry. Job categories include general repair technician, parts professional, service advisor, and, with experience, specialty or lead technician, parts manager, or service manager. Self employment is also possible and a small business management course is included in the curriculum.

The program covers all significant skill areas of the repair industry and includes modules on parts and supplies acquisition, record keeping, customer relations, and preventive maintenance. Electronic control of mechanical systems, system design considerations, and the analysis and diagnosis of system failures are examined through the coursework.

Students are exposed to agricultural equipment, earth-moving equipment, and heavy-duty trucks and have the opportunity to work part time at local service providers. A 400 hour summer internship is included which provides students with production experience and an opportunity to assess future employment possibilities.

The coursework covers all systems down to the component level on agricultural equipment, earth-moving equipment, and heavy-duty trucks. All mechanical systems are covered in the curriculum. Electrical, electronic, and hydraulic systems maintenance, diagnosis, and repair are emphasized. A combination of classroom instruction and hands-on laboratory practical experience is used at a one-to-one ratio. Students must possess their own set of hand tools for use in the laboratory and for the summer internship program. A tool list is available from the admissions department or the DPT department.

The curriculum uses the NATEF (National Technician’s Education Foundation) and AED (Associated Equipment Distributors) diesel task mastery specifications to assess successful learning outcomes.

Students with an Associate of Applied Science in Diesel Power Technology should be able to:

• demonstrate the ability to use the principles of critical thinking in the diagnostic process

• understand, maintain and repair advanced electronic systems on trucks, agricultural, and earth-moving equipment

• understand, maintain and repair all major mechanical systems on trucks, agricultural, and earth-moving equipment

• perform successfully as an entry to B level heavy duty service technician Coursework in English and technical communication, computer software skills, technical math, physics, small business management, and general education are also included. The program is delivered in a well-equipped 10,000 sq. ft. industrial space within walking distance of the Randolph Center campus.

The normal number of credits required for degree is 62.

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*Students who place into ENG 1042 must also take ENG 1060 to complete first-year English.

**Students must complete a minimum of one Arts and Humanities (AH) and one Social Science (SS) elective.

Diversified Agriculture Bachelor of Science in Diversified Agriculture Graduates of this program will be well-prepared to own or manage small farms with diverse operations such as dairy, livestock (e.g. beef, sheep, and goats), succession grazing, market gardening, greenhouse production, and maple sugaring or to be consultants to agricultural organizations looking to diversify their operations and opportunities.

The Diversified Agriculture program combines animal, plant, and soil sciences with a knowledge and understanding of business and management. The program emphasizes the use of synergistic biological processes to foster a reduction in the need for, and subsequent use of, off-farm inputs. Instruction focuses on practical application of agricultural science in Vermont.

Today’s farmers and agricultural industries must compete for customers on an international level while simultaneously meeting an increased demand for locally grown products. Training farmers to develop and synergize diverse agriculture operations on the same farmstead will make them stronger all-around competitors in the food production market, as well as more economically sound.

Students with a Bachelor of Science in Diversified Agriculture will be able to:

• understand livestock nutrition and the ration formulation process

• understand reproduction and genetics and be able to implement a breeding program

• design, plan, and implement a garden

• balance a nutrient budget

• competently identify and treat common New England weeds and pests

• understand the operational details of two forms of New England agriculture

• competently recognize livestock disease

• understand the agriculture industry and represent it knowledgeably

• raise and store common New England forages

• manage an agriculture operation budget

• assess an agricultural business and recognize potential investors

• write a business plan for an agricultural operation The normal number of credits required for a degree is 126.

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