2016-2017 College Catalog 
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2016-2017 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Entrepreneurship Certificate of Achievement

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The Entrepreneurship programs are designed for students who wish to emphasize entrepreneurship in their community college business studies. They may complete the additional requirements for an Associate in Science degree in this area if they so wish. Entrepreneurial studies help prepare students who plan to seek a higher degree in business.

Completion of the Entrepreneurship programs provides students with critical knowledge and tools for planning and starting a new business. Completion demonstrates persistence, achieve-ment, and may support job applications. The program provides valuable preparation in proven business practices and with business ownership issues such as market focus, measurements of success, and developing a clear and useful business plan.

Because some of the leading causes of failure in new businesses are poor risk management, lack of adequate capitalization, and mismanagement of resources, specific information is provided in these areas to help make good decisions to ensure success. The Entrepreneurship Certificate is also useful for members of the community who are planning or starting a new business. Some of these students might prefer to complete the shorter Entrepreneurship Occupational Skills Award.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Describe and discuss the major influences on small businesses and on starting and building businesses, including governmental, financial, human resource, and other considerations. Consider these influences when planning a potential new product, service, or business.
  • Identify the fundamentals of legal systems, and social, ethical, and political forces affecting the development and operation of businesses.
  • Communicate clearly, effectively, and appropriately in writing and orally.
  • Describe the functions of business in society including the major concepts related to business ownership and the factors that influence them; competition and marketing; and the systems, technologies, and operational controls through which business organizations operate.
  • Describe the entrepreneurial risks and challenges inherent in each major component of the entrepreneurial business.
  • Clearly describe the proposed target customer and the need that is being satisfied.
  • Research and develop a business plan for all aspects of the creation and maintenance of a business.

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