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