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How a BAAS Can Help Skilled Trades Professionals Advance Their Careers

Newsroom | Articles April 14, 2023
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Skilled trades professionals play an essential function in society, and their services are always in demand. Roles in this industry can include HVAC technicians, electricians, plumbers, welders, chefs, and more. As a professional holding one of these positions, you may find yourself wanting to take on more responsibilities, become a supervisor, or seek better opportunities in your career. Whatever your goals, a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree can help!

What is a BAAS?

A Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) is a versatile program designed for people who have completed an associate degree or technical training in a skilled trade or vocational field. The program builds on the practical skills acquired through previous education and work experience and incorporates a range of relevant topics to provide a well-rounded education. A BAAS degree can help skilled trades professionals develop the critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills essential for success in the job market.

What can I learn in a BAAS program?

The BAAS degree provides students with the knowledge they need to advance their careers. Programs typically include courses in business, management, leadership, and communication. These courses can help you become a well-rounded professional who can manage projects, lead teams, and communicate effectively with clients and colleagues.

Benefits of Earning a Degree for Skilled Trades Professionals

As a working skilled trades professional, you already possess technical expertise and hands-on experience. However, earning a degree can help you take your career to the next level in many ways, including the following:

  • Develop new skills and knowledge: A BAAS can help you develop new skills and knowledge that you can use immediately in your job. The curriculum allows students to develop strong verbal and written communication skills, financial management and decision-making, and more.
  • Enhance your resume: A degree can improve your resume, making you a more competitive candidate when applying for jobs. It shows that you have invested in your education and are committed to your profession.
  • Increase your earning potential: A bachelor’s degree like the BAAS may help to increase your earning potential, as it demonstrates to employers that you have an education, have a diverse skill set, and are capable of taking on more responsibility or leadership roles.

LSU Alexandria's Online BAAS is a Good Choice for Skilled Trades Professionals

Our online BAAS degree is an excellent choice for trades professionals who wish to further their careers. The degree is fully online, so you can complete it while working full-time. The program is also designed to be flexible and customizable, and you can tailor it to your specific career goals. Additionally, LSU Alexandria offers one of the most competitive tuition rates in the country for BAAS degrees.

Professionals who graduate from our program will have developed leadership and supervision strategies, career development strategies, verbal and written communication skills, critical thinking skills, and more. Such capabilities can be valuable tools in the journey to advancing your career. If you are ready to earn your Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences, visit the BAAS program page, connect with our student support team, or apply now!

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