The growth of the Internet and the shift to a service-based economy, in which it is estimated that 98 percent of future job growth will be in service producing industries, has transformed the substantive content of the practice of management. The impact of these changes in the labor market has led to the need for new educational requirements and job skills both for those individuals currently employed in the field of management and for those who seek future careers in this field. These changes have led to an increased demand for management professionals.
In response to the new dynamics of a service-based economy, the business department at Westmoreland offers a wide range of programs and courses designed to prepare students for the new challenges that await them in the field of management. Note that although we offer ACC, BUS, ECN, FIN and MKT courses in online and face-to-face formats; many of these courses are not offered in multiple formats each semester. It is important to work with your advisor to find out what courses will be offered in your preferred format.
Associate of Applied Science Degree
The associate of applied science business degree program is offered in several areas of concentration: financial management, general management, human resource management, marketing management and small business management. All of the AAS areas of concentration contain a solid business core of general management courses augmented by several courses specific to each area of concentration. These areas of concentration were
carefully selected to satisfy the current and projected needs of the business community. The associate of applied science degree provides a solid academic background in applied business management that can be completed in two years of full-time study.
Associate of Arts Degree
The Business Division also offers an associate of arts degree in Business Administration (see page 33). This degree option is designed specifically for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to further their business education.
A 36-credit business diploma is offered as a two-semester alternative to the more comprehensive associate degree program. The business diploma program provides a general, interdisciplinary experience into the field of business at an introductory level. The diploma program includes many courses that can be applied to the associate degree programs. A student can use the business diploma program either as a final educational outcome or as an intermediate step toward the attainment of an associate degree.
Westmoreland offers several business certificates covering specific topics in business. Certificates are available in: finance, general management, human resource management, marketing management, real estate and small business management. These short programs are designed for the student who is seeking a concentrated educational focus in a specific aspect of business. Business certificates are particularly advantageous for any college graduate or current student who is currently in the workforce and needs to update, upgrade or expand his or her education and/or training in a specific topical area.