Associate in Business Administration
Business Degree Options
Each student builds a business plan relevant to their career aspirations that integrates the skills and knowledge learned in the various courses. The final culmination of the program is a 180-hour internship capstone, undertaken at the end of the student's program where classroom experiences will be applied in a real business environment. Wherever possible, the specific business chosen for the internship will reflect the student's desired career goal.
Create and Grow a Business
Success demands knowledge of and experience in a number of factors, including initiating the start-up process, maintaining a competitive edge, gaining market share, making financial decisions, adapting to change, and developing products and services.
In the United States, approximately 800,000 new businesses are started each year. These businesses form the basis of our economy. They allow their owners to work for themselves and to be self-sufficient.
The purpose of the Entrepreneurship/Small Business Program is to provide you with the general knowledge to launch, operate, and grow your own business or operate and grow an existing business.
This program focuses on innovative, hands-on business practice and small business management. Foundational and advanced courses expose you to the principles of business development, including strategic planning, marketing, advertising, business law, accounting, and information systems.
Human Resource Option
Ensure and Promote Successful Workplaces
With increasing legal issues pertaining to employment and the need for organizations to carefully select, develop, and maintain their workforce, the human resources field will continue to present excellent opportunities for both employment and advancement.
The Human Resource Management within the associate degree option prepares you to effectively deal with the complexities and challenges of managing today's workforce.
You will learn to identify staffing needs and develop skills for recruiting, interviewing, hiring, and developing employees. You will also learn the policies, procedures, and legal aspects of human resource management, while rounding out the program with studies in business management, ethics, and cultural awareness.You will be prepared to work as a Human Resource Assistant/Specialist in a variety of settings:
- Non-Profit Organizations
Manufacturing Management Option
This option is designed to introduce students to the modern manufacturing environment. While rounding out their skills in lean manufacturing principles, this option prepares students to earn the nationally recognized, portable credential of Certified Production Technician (CPT) via exams in the areas of safety or quality practices and measurement; manufacturing process and production, and maintenance awareness from the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC). Students must pass all four exams to earn the CPT. This option will also prepare students to take the national recognized, portable credential as a Certified Logistics Technician (CLT) exams in logistics from MSSC. Students must pass two logistics exams to earn the CLT. Additionally, students who complete this option may take the MSSC green manufacturing credentialing exam. Students may further seek to earn the Certificate in Manufacturing & Production and apply all of this coursework toward a bachelor’s degree.
Office Management Option
Management and Computer Skills
To maintain a competitive edge in today's global marketplace, many companies must function as high performance organizations. As a result, companies are upgrading the skills required to perform entry-level administrative and supervisory responsibilities. This unique program, with a dual focus in business management and computer applications, is based on job qualifications identified by local area employers.
The program provides you with an advanced level of skills in using Microsoft Office, planning and organizing, working as part of a team, communicating across cultures, and coordinating operational tasks. The program emphasizes the development of problem solving, decision making and project management skills. Once you graduate from this program, you will be qualified to work in companies across all industry sectors.