CAC’s new Maricopa Campus offers students the opportunity to pursue business degree near their home

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

For residents of the city of Maricopa, 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 Maricopa Campus. These programs also are available at the other CAC locations.

“Completion of CAC’s business educational program helps students improve their marketability to employers and propels advancement in a broad scope of industries,” Gayle Haro, acting district academic chair of CAC’s Business Division, explained. “This remains very important as fierce competition is expected for highly-competitive and peak-earning positions such as management consultants or business analysts. Most upper level positions usually lead to management positions.”

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 associate of business degree contains more Arizona General Education Courses (AGEC) rather than business specific courses. Students will then receive the majority of their business courses while attending at the university level.

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.

In addition to completing general education courses, those students pursuing an associate degree are required to take a select listing of business courses - that include financial and managerial accounting, business statistics and business law - among their AGEC classes.
An A.A.S degree prepares students for employment directly into the workforce of their chosen degree and contains more program and skill specific courses. When complete, those A.A.S. credits will transfer in their entirety to a university and be evaluated into the transfer program.
Some state universities have responded to transferring an A.A.S. degree without loss of credit. Students should refer to the major and/or transfer guides on the AZTRANSFER website for more information on the bachelor of applied sciences at
One example is the transfer Northern Arizona University 90/30 interdisciplinary bachelor program that will allow up to 90 credits from community colleges to transfer into select university programs and then permit the student to complete the last 30 credits. One of these programs, the B.A. in public management degree, is an option for business students.

With either associate degree, graduates also can dive straight into the work force as managers, assistant managers, supervisors or 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.

Those seeking a certificate will navigate a similar curriculum but without the general education requirements. Certificates in accounting, business, computer information systems or hotel and restaurant management are ideal for students who already possess a degree, want to change careers, or are looking to acquire the business skills necessary for entrepreneurship. Many certificates only are 18 credits or six classes and will increase employability if first completed. These credits will then stack into other A.A.S. degrees as students continue to complete their A.A.S.

To learn more about CAC’s business program, please visit, or speak with an academic advisor at the Maricopa Campus.

The 2013 fall semester begins Friday, Aug. 16, after 4:30 p.m.

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