CAC’s new San Tan Campus to offer a variety of business degrees

SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. - The success of any business hinges on the people that it employs. Specifically, organizations always are searching for savvy employees, with a large number of them jumpstarting their business acumen in college.

Central Arizona College offers a myriad of associate degrees and certificates in business. Through online, Interactive Television (iTV), hybrid and face-to-face teaching modalities, the college is bringing these offerings to its new San Tan Campus that opens for business in January, just in time for the start of spring classes.

"Completion of one of CAC's business certificates helps students improve their marketability to employers and propels advancement in a broad scope of industries," Gayle Haro, CAC's business division chair, explained. "Education credentialing remains very important as fierce competition is expected for highly-competitive and peak-earning positions such as management consultants or business analysts."

CAC offers a 60- to 64-credit hour associate of business (A.BUS) degree as well as a 64-credit associate of applied science (A.A.S), and certificates in business and management. The A.BUS degree is specifically designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year university and earn a bachelor's degree in business and business-related areas such as accounting, business administration, computer information systems, economics and finance, human resources, marketing and public administration.

CAC also offers a 65-credit hour A.A.S. along with a certificate in accounting, as well as hotel and restaurant management. An A.A.S degree prepares students for employment directly into the workforce by containing more program- and skill-specific courses.

When complete, those credits earned to obtain the A.A.S. will transfer in their entirety to a university and be evaluated into each transfer program. Some state universities have responded to transferring A.A.S. degrees without loss of credit.

With any of the aforementioned associate degrees, graduates also can dive straight into the work force as managers, assistant managers, supervisors, and other related administrative positions. In general, the business program at CAC provides students with a comprehensive understanding of management principles, business-oriented technology and interpersonal skills.

In combination with completing a slew of business courses - which include financial and managerial accounting, business statistics and business law - students pursuing an associate degree are required to take general education courses.

Those seeking a business certificate will navigate a similar curriculum but without the general education requirements. The certificate is ideal for students who already possess a degree, want to change careers or are looking to acquire the business skills necessary for entrepreneurship.

Some smaller certificates stack into larger certificates and can lead to completion of an A.A.S. degree, while many certificates only are 18 credits (or six courses) and, when finished, provide students with completion success and increased employability.

A certificate or degree coupled with the new internship opportunities that the college will start offering in the spring of 2014 can provide potential employment avenues for many students.

To learn more about CAC's business program, please visit www.centralaz.edu/business, or speak with an academic advisor.

Registration for the spring semester, which begins after 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17, now is underway.

Central Arizona College - District Office 8470 N. Overfield Road, Coolidge, AZ 85128 Phone: 800-237-9814