Degree: Associate of Applied Sciences (A.A.S)
Accreditation. Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, 11520 W. 119th St., Overland Park, KS 66213, (913) 339-9356, www.acbsp.org.
Program description. The Business program encompasses related disciplines in these general concentrations: Entrepreneurship, Hospitality Management , and Management . Students have the opportunity to earn a degree in a cross-disciplinary environment that reflects the trend in industry. The program employs instructors with years of practical experience and is guided by working professionals.
Entrepreneuship Concentration. The Entrepreneurship concentration within the AAS in Business program is designed to train individuals to be fully prepared to open their own business upon program completion. The concentration will involve many elements of business but will provide specialized instruction in issues specific to entrepreneurship along with the requirements of creating and presenting a viable business plan by the end of the program. The faculty, in partnership with local entrepreneurial agencies, will provide direct, accurate and specific training to these individuals to provide them with the best information that is pertinent to their specific business plan.
Typical job opportunities: The concentration in entrepreneurship will prepare individuals to open their own business once the program is completed. In addition, graduates will be well versed in the unique issues that are involved with owning a business and could work in a financial institution, not-for-profit, or an agency which specializes in assisting people to start their own business. Graduates will also obtain skills that add value to existing for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.
Program goals. Upon completion of the Business program, the graduate will have developed the skills, knowledge and abilities to accomplish the following:
I. Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively, think critically and develop problem solving skills utilizing quantitative data in business situations through physical or virtual presence in writing, speaking, listening and electronic media.
II. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the American free enterprise system.
III. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic interaction of supply and demand.
IV. Apply business and management knowledge through employability of skills.
V. Interpret accounting information, marketing practices and economic data and be creative with business solutions.
Contact(s): Business and Computer Technology, (865) 694-6656