Fast track to bachelor’s degree in business available with JCC, SHU partnership
Jackson Community College and Siena Heights University offer students the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree in business administration in just three years, rather than four, with the accelerated business degree program.
A bachelor’s degree in business administration can prepare students for positions in a variety of settings – business, government, nonprofit/community work, or prepare them for graduate school studies. Through this partnership, students earn the first 90 credits at the JCC tuition rate prior to completing the additional 30 credits necessary for a bachelor’s degree at Siena Heights. The program offers students the opportunity to attend classes just two days a week, Tuesday evenings and some Saturdays, as well as some online classes, to complete their degree. All classes are offered in Adrian, at JCC @ LISD TECH and SHU. From JCC, students will earn an Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration, Management Certificate and Marketing Certificate, prior to completing their bachelor’s degree from Siena. Students are admitted to the program as one group or cohort and then proceed together through all classes.
English instructor Ellen Shannon said the program is perfect for mature students with previous employment experience, while traditional-aged students also excel. Shannon admits that the accelerated format is demanding, but members of the cohort really support one another.
“Most of the people that I think enjoy the program are people who have been working in their career and have been under-ranked, functioning perhaps at the middle management level, while not having a degree is keeping them from moving to the next level,” Shannon said.
Sue Kotts Garcia is finishing her final classes at Siena Heights University and looking forward to graduation. She was attracted to the accelerated business degree option because the complete program could be completed in just three years, with each class and semester already planned out for students.
“I am a little older, and I have extensive experience in marketing, sales and communications. I’m hoping with this recent education will make me more marketable in the business world and carry on into the future,” said Garcia, who is 60. “My kids said to me, ‘Mom, before you’re done with this program, you’ll be 60.’ I said, ‘If I don’t take this program, how old will I be?’ I’m glad I did it.”
JCC is currently accepting applications for the fall semester 2012 cohort. Click here for more info. www.jccmi.edu/lenawee
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