Degrees and Certificates

Entrepreneurship/Small Business Management Degree

Entrepreneurship Certificate

Entrepreneurship/Small Business Management

Associate of Applied Science Degree: 94 Credits
Career Pathways: Roadmap | Program of Study

Degree planning worksheet

Credits to Complete Degree

ACADEMIC DISCIPLINE CREDITS
Business Administration (BA) 60
Entrepreneurship Electives 9
Economics (EC) 8
Mathematics (MTH) 4
Writing (WR) 4
Office Systems (OS) 1
General Education Electives 8
Credit Total 94

Career Description

An Entrepreneurship/Small Business Management graduate is ready to start and run their own business, invigorate a family or other small business, or bring value to employment in any management position. The graduate will be attractive to many employers across a wide array of industries, and it will come in handy if they decide to start their own venture. Graduates would be able to work in startups and small businesses as well as management roles in all business settings.

Program Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the AAS in Entrepreneurship/Small Business Management degree will be able to:

  • Prepare a comprehensive business plan including prospective balance sheet, income statement, cash flow statement, funding sources and the capital structure of a business.
  • Apply an understanding of the management process, inclusive of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling resources within organizations.
  • Differentiate between operational and organizational strutures for business.
  • Construct a marketing plan based on objectives developed from a strategic market assessment.
  • Utilize technology skills with business software applications to facilitate efficiency and quality.
  • Analyze and apply the legal, ethical, and economic standards of business.
  • Communicate effectively with customers, suppliers, employees, and other stakeholders, using standard business terminology.

Course of Study

The 94 credit Entrepreneurship/Small Business Management AAS builds upon the coursework begun in the 47 credit Entrepreneurship certificate. In the second year, students will develop a greater depth of knowledge in how businesses function and the best practices for small business management. The two-year degree culminates in a final capstone course which synthesizes the two years of study, provides real-life context as students develop an entrepreneurial venture and/or manage an ongoing small business, and prepares students to seek fianancing with an organized portfoio of work suitable for discussion with investors and other outside interested parties.

Students must also meet Associate degree comprehensive requirements and Associate of Applied Science degree requirements

Program Prerequisites

Successful completion of MTH 20, RD 115, and WR 115, or equivalent placement assessment scores. 

Coursework

COURSE NAME CREDITS
BA 101 Introduction to Business 4
BA 131 Introduction to Business Technology 4
BA 150 Introduction to Entrepreneurship 4
BA 188 Customer Service Skills 2
BA 196 Entrepreneurship Capstone - Year One 2
BA 205 Business Communication 4
BA 206 Management Fundamentals 3
BA 207 Introduction to E-commerce 4
BA 208 Business Ethics 4
BA 211 Principles of Accounting I 3
BA 212 Principles of Accounting II 3
BA 223 Priciples of Marketing 4
BA 224 Introduction to Human Resource Management 3
BA 225 Introduction to Entrepreneurship Law 4
BA 226 Business Law I 4
BA 250 Small Business Management 3
BA 285 Human Relations in Organizations 3
BA 296 Entrepreneurship Capstone - Year Two  2
EC 201 Principles of Economics: Microeconomics 4
EC 202 Principles of Economics: Macroeconomics 4

MTH 65

MTH 98 (or higher)

Beginning Algebra II or

Quantitative Math

4
OS 131 10-Key for Business 1
WR 121 English Composition 4
   Entrepreneursship Electives 9
  General Electives in Arts & Letters 4
  General Electives in Math, Science, or Comptuer Science  4

Approved Entrepreneurship Electives

COURSE NAME CREDITS
BA 228 Computer Accounting Applications 3
BA 256 Income Tax 3
CAS 140  Beginning Databases 4
CAS 170 Beginning Spreadsheets using Excel 3
CAS 216 Beginning Word 3
CAS 217 Intermediate Word 3
CAS 231 Desktop Publishing 3
CAS 270 Intermediate Spreadsheets using Excel 3
OS 240 Filing and Records Management 4

Entrepreneurship Certificate

Certificate: 47 Credits
Career Pathways: Roadmap | Program of Study

Degree planning worksheet

Credits to Complete Certificate

ACADEMIC DISCIPLINE CREDITS
Business Administration (BA) 43
Writing (WR) 4
Credit Total 47

Career Description

The Entrepreneurship certificate offers a unique learning experience to students who aspire to start businesses or obtain employment as entry-level managers and shift supervisors in growth-oriented small businesses. The program will help students identify career options in a variety of businesses, expand their knowledge of entrepreneurship, and develop venture management skills and techniques.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Entrepreneurship certificate, students will be able to:

  • Develop a business plan which plans and allocate resources effectively, creates a budget/forecast and create a funding plan for prospective business, details operational information and a summary of business objectives.
  • Communicate effectively with customers, suppliers, employees, and other stakeholders, using standard business terminology.
  • Design a marketing/promotions plan based on a critical analysis of the factors influencing a particular business.
  • Evaluate the legal environment for business and what legal steps business owners can help protect their investment/business.
  • Establish a plan to manage employee and other business related items.

Course of Study

The 47 credit Entrepreneurship certificate is the first step in CGCC's Entrepreneurship program, providing an introduction in the startup and management of a fledging enterprise. Culminating in an experiential first-year capstone, the certificate provides students with a real-life opportunity to connect with the business community and put into practice skills and knowledge attained throughout the course of study. Students will be able to start the process of bringing their business ideas to fruition as well as enter the workforce as business managers and salespeople. All courses in the certificate are included in the Entrepreneurship/Small Business Management AAS and may be applied to the attainment of the degree.

Program Prerequisites

Successful completion of: MTH 20, RD 115 and WR 115 or equivalent placement assessment scores. 

Coursework

COURSE NAME CREDITS
BA 101 Introduction to Business 4
BA 131 Introduction to Business Technology 4
BA 150 Introduction to Entrepreneurship 4
BA 196 Entrepreneurship Capstone - Year One 2
BA 205 Business Communication 4
BA 206 Management Fundamentals 3
BA 208 Business Ethics 4
BA 211 Principles of Accounting I 3
BA 223 Priciples of Marketing 4
BA 225 Introduction to Entrepreneurship Law 4
BA 226 Business Law I 4
BA 285 Human Relations in Organizations 3
WR 121 English Composition 4

 

Management

Associate of Applied Science Degree: 92 Credits

Degree Suspended

The Management degree is suspended as of July 1, 2019. CGCC will not be accepting new students into this program after spring term 2019. Students who enrolled in the degree program prior to summer 2019 and are seeking to complete the degree should contact their adviser for assistance. CGCC will work with students currently enrolled in the program to develop a "teach out" plan so that they may complete the program in a timely manner.

For students interested in pursuing a degree in the field of Business Management, please consider CGCC's Entrepreneurship/Small Business Managment Associate of Applied Science. This AAS degree has replaced the Management AAS and has similar coursework. 

 

Marketing

Career and Technical Education Certificate: 46 Credits

Certificate Suspended

The Marketing certificate is suspended as of July 1, 2019. CGCC will not be accepting new students into this program after spring term 2019. Students who enrolled in the certificate program prior to summer 2019 and are seeking to complete the degree should contact their adviser for assistance. CGCC will work with students currently enrolled in the program to develop a "teach out" plan so that they may complete the program in a timely manner.

CGCC will continue to offer BA 223 Principles of Marketing for those interested in studying the basic concepts of marketing for consumer and business markets.