Journeyworker: Technical Trades Management

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SUNY Adirondack is offering a new Associate in Occupational Studies (AOS) degree in Journeyworker: Technical Trades Management. At least half the required courses can be taken online.

This degree provides advanced standing for Journeyworkers in the building trades or advanced manufacturing. Journeyworkers will have the opportunity to couple their technical trade knowledge with business and management coursework. This degree supports journeyworkers interested in gaining supervisory employment or supporting those with an entrepreneurial desire to start their own small business.

"We're excited to offer this opportunity to trained, skilled workers throughout the nation," said Kristine D. Duffy, Ph.D., president of SUNY Adirondack. "This degree provides a strong foundation in the best business and management practices to round out their invaluable hands-on expertise."

A journeyworker in building trades or advanced manufacturing may earn up to 30 credits toward the new AOS degree. The remaining required credits will be earned in courses such as public speaking, business law, accounting, computer science and principles of business, among others.

"Building a strong and highly trained workforce is vital to maintaining a vibrant regional economy," said Assemblyman Dan Stec, R-Queensbury. "Continuing professional education is a cornerstone in this effort and I commend our local building trades and SUNY Adirondack for establishing this academic program."

Learn how this degree is geared toward journeyworkers interested in taking on a management role or opening their own businesses.

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Who is eligible to register for this degree program?

Any U.S., state or federal journeyworker from Building Trades or Advanced Manufacturing apprenticeships.

What journeyworker credential do I need to provide?

To participate in the program, journeyworkers must provide the credential from each state as official documentation that journeyworker status has been achieved.

Are there any special provisions for veterans?

Yes, veterans can receive up to 44 credits and in-state tuition rates apply.

Do I have to be a journeyworker to enroll in this program?

Eligible candidates must have their journeyworker or be enrolled in an apprenticeship program. Those interested in beginning an apprenticeship program should review their state Department of Labor apprenticeship websites. Information about apprenticeships can be found at the NYS DOL website. 

How many credits will I earn from my journeyworker credential?

The college will provide up to 30 credits toward degree completion from a building trades or advanced manufacturing apprenticeship program, depending on the credential. Building trades or advanced manufacturing apprenticeship programs less than four years in length will have the number of credits prorated accordingly.

Do I need to attend this program full time?

Students can take classes as full- or part-time students. The college offers courses in Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer semesters.

In what format are classes offered?

The student can complete this degree fully online, attend courses on scheduled days and times, or a complete the degree using a combination of both.

Is there financial aid available for New York state residents?

Individuals who meet financial aid guidelines may be eligible. The NYS Excelsior Scholarship may be an opportunity for individuals attending full or part time. See more details here and contact for all financial aid questions.

SUNY Adirondack is a veteran-friendly campus, currently serving over 175 military-affiliated students.

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“This degree is the next step forward: SUNY recognizing our Apprenticeship Training Program opens endless opportunities for our members, which is very exciting.” – Mike Jarvis, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 773