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Business Studies Contact

Rhonda French
Business Studies Instructor
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Bill Case
Business Studies Instructor
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Business Studies Contact

  • Washington County Community College is one of seven community colleges that operate under the authority of the Maine Community College System. WCCC is a non-profit, residential, post-secondary institution supported, in part, by appropriation from the Maine State Legislature. The college is located in Calais, a rural community on the international border between the United States and Canada. The college’s modern classrooms, labs, and residential buildings are situated on a hillside overlooking the St. Croix River Valley at the edge of a 400-acre campus of mature woods and fields.

    The college currently offers 24 programs of study at the associate degree, diploma and certificate levels. A wide range of credit and non-credit courses are also offered in the evening, during the summer term and online. All these programs are offered to women and men, and all students are encouraged to enroll in programs considered non-traditional for their gender. Qualified people with disabilities are also encouraged to apply and are provided appropriate support services.

Business Management

Associate in Applied Science - 60 credit hours

Purpose:  The Business Management program prepares the student for success in establishing and operating a small business enterprise. The program empowers graduates to become intelligent risk-takers by providing skills and knowledge in operating practices to successfully start and manage a business.

Career Opportunities: A 10.3-percent increase is projected for self-employed small business managers by the year 2010. The economy of Maine is based, in a large part, on small businesses. Much of the economic development Maine will experience in the future will be in the area of small business. For this development to occur, a skilled workforce must be in position to envision, plan, develop, and operate small business.  How important are small businesses to the U.S. economy?

Small businesses:

• Represent 99.7 percent of all employer firms.
• Employ half of all private sector employees.
• Pay more than 45 percent of total U.S. private payroll.
• Have generated 60 to 80 percent of net new jobs annually over the last decade.

Program Educational Outcomes:  Upon completion of the Associate in Applied Science degree in the business management program, the graduate is prepared to:

  1. Use effective management and supervisory skills needed for working in a business environment.
  2. Demonstrate oral and written presentation skills unique in the business community.
  3. Use technology to analyze business problems and develop appropriate solutions.
  4. Diagnose business and management related issues and plan future actions.
  5. Demonstrate understanding of basic knowledge about financial institutions and investment.
  6. Use appropriate technology and critical thinking skills to assess, evaluate, and apply information in the planning, management, and operation of a small business.
  7. Qualify for positions in business and in positions to envision, plan, develop, and operate a small business.

Washington County Community College
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