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technical and professional studies associate of applied science a.a.s.

At a Glance

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Technical and Professional Studies is a career-oriented program that focuses on applied technical and professional skills.

Total Credits


Program Length

Two years, or four 15-credit terms

About the Program

The Technical and Professional Studies program is designed to serve local and state-wide  workforce needs by allowing the tailoring of program content to meet specific career and job training needs.  Elective credits may be fulfilled via credit for apprenticeship, recognized industry training and certifications, or academic courses.  This flexibility provides advantages for students as well as for the state, businesses, and industries.  Employers will find that the College is able to respond quickly when designing two-year degree programs to meet the focused demands of particular businesses or industries.

Why Carroll for Technical and Professional Studies?

  • Graduate job-ready
    Get up to speed on the latest technologies and begin your career immediately upon earning your degree.
  • Up-to-date curriculum
    Developed and continuously reviewed by an advisory committee of business leaders, the program meets current as well as future skill and knowledge requirements.
  • Job opportunities
    Carroll’s partnerships with the business community provide students with potential employment at established companies.

Advisory Board

Our curriculum is designed and continuously reviewed by an advisory board of industry experts and business leaders, ensuring the program meets all current skill and knowledge requirements. You can visit our Advisory Boards page to see the list of Technical and Professional Studies Advisory Board members, as well as advisory board members for our other programs.



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The business composition in Carroll County includes a considerable number of firms (46.9%) in manufacturing, transportation, health services, business services, retail, food service, and agriculture.  Many of the jobs at these firms are classified as middle-skill, which means the jobseeker needs to have more than a high school diploma but less than a four-year college degree and extensive experience or specialized skills.

Employment in these middle-skilled occupations requires jobseekers to possess (1) soft/essential skills, including effective communication, organizational skills, critical thinking and problem solving, adaptability, customer service, and computer skills, and (2) technical or professional skills that meet specific career and job training needs of a particular business or industry.

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Technical and Professional Studies allows for the tailoring of program content to meet Carroll County business and industry needs.