The business program at FGC was set up to prepare graduates to contribute to the proper functioning of a business in any industry. This program is useful for office workers of all types and for self-employed professionals. A fundamental understanding of business is a must for survival in a capitalist economy. According to the US Census, approximately 83% of US workers are employed in some sort of business.
FGC offers a two-year AS Degree in Business Administration and a one year Certificate in Business Management. Courses overlap between the two and cover the basic business functions such as marketing, accounting, human resource management, supply chain, and business law. Most large corporations today demand a four-year degree in business, which can be obtained by attaining the two-year AA degree at FGC then transferring to a university such as St. Leo’s that offers the 4-yr degree in business, until such time as FGC has been approved to grant baccalaureates in business management.
This two-year, 60 credit program provides students with the essential courses in general education as well as the specific understanding of business functions required to manage a commercial organization. The A.S. program provides an overview in an Introduction to Business course, as well as specific courses on Marketing, Accounting, Supervision, Business Law and Quality. The A.S. degree serves those who wish to work in a small business locally and people working in business who want to enhance their chances of promotion. Many courses include practical, results-oriented projects that allow students to put their new knowledge to use. The program is enhanced by a business internship in which students work in a business during the semester to gain real-world experience they can use on their resume after graduation.
Examples of jobs sought by graduates of the Associate of Science in Business Administration include:
- Administrative Assistant
- Customer Service Clerk
- Sales Support person
- Business Analyst
- Office Manager
- Documents Clerk
The 28 credit hour Accounting Certificate program is designed for people who intend to find employment in the field of accounting and for those who want to increase their skill in this area. Tracking the cash flowing in and out of a business is a critical element of business management. The regional jobs report cites growth in this field of 24% within the next seven years.
Examples of jobs graduates may be qualified for include:
- Accounting clerk
- Staff Accountant
- Financial Analyst
- Accounts payable clerk
- Billing clerk
The 24-credit hour certificate in Business Management program is intended for those already working in business who want an academic credential as well as those who have an occupational skill that will enable them to be self-employed. Entrepreneurs starting a new company control their own level of success, and they can earn six figure incomes if their business succeeds.
Graduates are competent in basic accounting, business communication, basic business law, document management, marketing and computer applications. Business writing skills are also taught.
The certificate program is great for those starting personal service businesses, and gives entrepreneurs an understanding of business principles to supplement whatever technical skills they plan to use in running their own business