Bachelor of Applied Science

Bachelor of Applied Science (BASTL)


Employers are constantly searching for professionals with expertise in their fields and supervisory skills needed to take charge of technical workgroups, project teams and service departments.

Bloomsburg University’s Bachelor of Applied Science in Technical Leadership program builds on the expertise you’ve gained from your associate degree program.

These courses add skills in areas such as business communication and collaboration, online team leadership, project management, staff training development, workplace diversity, accounting and budgets, intercultural communication, and conflict resolution.

Earn a bachelor’s with the leadership and supervisory skills employers seek when hiring and promoting!

Bachelor of Applied Science in Technical Leadership

 

This technical leadership program brings a BU bachelor’s degree to you at your local community college as well as the State System campus in Center City Philadelphia. Partner institutions include: Bucks County Community College, Community College of Philadelphia, Harrisburg Area Community College, Lehigh Carbon Community College, Northampton Community College and Reading Area Community College.

The message from employers is clear

There is a need for people who are skilled in their fields and have the ability to work effectively with their supervisors, colleagues and clients. It is a growing trend for technical, service and health care work to be conducted in teams and workgroups. In this rapidly-changing, globalized economy, companies seek technical professionals who are ready to assume leadership roles in project teams, workgroups and service departments. The Technical Leadership program provides the skills you will need to advance in your field, including:

  • Business Communication and Report Writing
  • Leading Virtual Teams
  • Project Management
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Instructional Design
  • eLearning Concepts
  • Conflict Management
  • Accounting for Supervisors
  • Website Development
  • Information and Technology Management Applications

BASTL Program Director

Carol Adukaitis, Ph.D., cadukaitis@bloomu.edu
Greenly Center Room 217
50 E. Main St., Bloomsburg
570-389-5135

Remote BASTL Coordinators

    Alexander Lincoln, alincoln@bloomu.edu
    LCCC: Career Development office
    NCC: Adjunct Office
    570-389-5195

    Georgette Brown, M.Ed., gbrown@bloomu.edu
    HACC Welcome Center
    Cooper 218D
    717-654-6088

    Destinee J. Harper, dharper@bloomu.edu
    PASSHE@ Center City
    Mellon Independence Center
    701 Market St., Philadelphia
    267-386-3020

 

A flexible program to complete your bachelor’s degree

Graduates of A.A.S. and other technical and service-related associate degree programs enter the Technical Leadership program as juniors. Working technical and service professionals with an associate degree enter the Technical Leadership degree program as juniors.

Students near the end of their associate degree program may dual-enroll and start Technical Leadership degree courses while completing their associate degree. Working technical and service professionals without an associate degree may complete their associate degree part-time at one of our partner community colleges and then transfer seamlessly into the Technical Leadership degree program.

Or ... get a jump-start!

High school and CTC school students may often dual-enroll during their junior and senior years, enter a technical or service-related associate degree program (sometimes with up to a full semester of college completed), then transfer seamlessly into the Technical Leadership program.

Braun B. Medical

BASTL graduate joins B. Braun Medical

Ashley Solderitz joins B. Braun Medical Inc. as a Production Supervisor for the Specialty Products Manufacturing Department. Along with Production Supervisor Michael Greer and Controls Engineer Aaron Krock, Solderitz is now the third BASTL graduate to be employed by B. Braun Medical.

Led by General Manager Rex Boland, B. Braun was one of the founding Lehigh Valley businesses to partner with Bloomsburg University in creating the Bachelors of Applied Science in Technical Leadership degree program.

The BASTL program, which currently has 57 graduates, began in 2013 allowing students with Associates in Applied Science degrees the opportunity to obtain their Bachelors degrees. Students take business leadership courses in order to gain the skills required to become leaders within their fields.

Bachelor of Applied Science in Technical Leadership

BASTL opens door to new career opportunity

Five years ago, Esteffani Alcantra was living in the Bronx and was a patient outreach manager for a hospital system. She oversaw a team of 12, but the single mother knew that without a degree, chances of advancement were slim. To give herself more time for school, five years ago Alcantra and her daughter, Amber, moved to Reading to live with Alcantra’s stepfather. She initially took a less demanding secretarial job and began working on a liberal arts associate degree from Reading Area Community College.

“The (BASTL) degree makes you a well-rounded leader because you get into accounting and management and other technical skills as well as intrapersonal skills and cultural diversity that you experience everywhere,’’ Alcantra said. “As a single mother of one and a full-time employee, the ability to take online courses and satisfy the Bloomsburg curriculum at RACC was definitely a determining factor.’’

Bachelor of Applied Science in Technical Leadership

Race fan’s BASTL helps rev up career

Jaime Juan Guerrero is a race fan and relished his time spent at various driving schools, but he knew that to shift his career into high gear he needed a different kind of education. After working various automotive jobs, the 39-year-old Mechanicsburg resident earned his associates degree in general studies from Harrisburg Area Community College in 2015. He’s now on track to graduate from BU’s Bachelor of Applied Science in Technical Leadership in May.

“I see a lot of job postings and the requirements always start with the need for a degree,’’ said Guerrero, who is in the process of interviewing with a number of automotive manufacturing facilities. ““It’s a great program that works well with the classes offered at HACC or Dixon and online. They are set up so even if you have a full-time job or a family, you have enough time for everything. Before when companies learned I didn’t have a bachelors I didn’t make it past the first stage, but now that I almost have my degree companies are looking at me.’’