BMCC’s Business Pathway is designed for students who want to work in business and for those who may be interested in a business career. The pathway includes foundational coursework that may be applied to an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree for entry into the workforce or to an Associate of Science Transfer (AST) degree for transferring to Eastern Oregon University (or another Oregon public university). The foundational courses apply to either path and include basic skills necessary for business careers.Students opting for the transfer degree will also take general education courses including arts & letters, social science, and lab science. Students who complete the AST-Business degree will begin at the university with junior status.Students opting for the workforce degree will take general business courses that will prepare them for entry-level employment.
PURSUE A PATH IN BUSINESS
The Associate of Science Transfer (AST-Business) degree is designed for students transferring to Eastern Oregon University or another Oregon public university to complete a bachelor degree.
Associate of Science Transfer Degree
Business Administration AAS degree which is designed for students who want to enter the workforce upon graduation.
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Retail management is a much needed skill here in Eastern Oregon. At BMCC, we offer two retail management certificates: 1) a 49-credit, 1-year certificate, and 2) an 8-course, 29-credit, certificate of completion. The 8-course program is approved by the Western Association of Food Chains.
Retail Management Certificate
The Medical Assisting program prepares students for a career as a Medical Assistant. Courses will combine cognitive learning and practice of psychomotor skills in classroom and laboratory settings. Clinical training through externships in local outpatient clinics and physician offices will allow students to observe and practice skills gained in the classroom and laboratory in actual healthcare settings.
Certificate of Completion
This one-year program leading to a certificate in accounting offers students the opportunity to develop a foundational understanding of accounting principles with an emphasis in applying that understanding to bookkeeping tasks. Employment possibilities include bookkeeper, accounting clerk, and payroll clerk. Jobs are available in business, industry, government agencies, service industries, and banks.
This program leads to a career pathways certificate of completion in business operations support specialist offering students the opportunity to develop entry-level office skills.
Career Pathway Certificate
This one-year certificate program is designed to provide specialized training and skills for work as an office assistant. Emphasis is placed on the study of general office skills, including practical experience on current equipment and software. The coursework lays the foundation for a two-year A.A.S. degree program for those students who want to continue their education.
This program provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities required to succeed in theworkplace. Topics include introduction to the industry, computer literacy, communication, teamwork, enthusiasm and attitude, problem solving, critical thinking, and professionalism.
This Workforce Readiness program provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities required to succeed in the workplace. Topics include introduction to the industry, computer literacy, communication, teamwork, enthusiasm and attitude, problem solving, critical thinking, and professionalism.
Cooperative Work Experience (CWE) allows students to practice the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom before completing their degrees and entering the workforce. CWE gives students valuable on-the-job experience, and students earn college credit while working. Employers benefit by having access to qualified, temporary workers. CWE builds positive connections between the student, the employer, and the college.
BMCC’s Business Administration CWE Coordinator, Velda Arnaud, works with local employers to identify needs and how our business students can help meet those needs.
The coordinator then identifies students taking the CWE course that best match the employer’s needs. The student then interviews with the employer’s designated contact person. If the student meets the requirements for the temporary position, the employers and student complete and sign the contract. The contract is then forwarded to the CWE coordinator. The experience may be paid or unpaid; however, employers are encouraged to pay the standard rate for the work duties.
The student’s work is then monitored by the site supervisor and the CWE coordinator. The student will submit monthly time sheets to the supervisor for approval and then to the coordinator.
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A CW experience allows students to practice the skills learned in the classes while gaining on-the-job experience. Here are some benefits:
Students completing their programs at BMCC have learned current technologies and interpersonal skills; however, they have not had many opportunities to practice. CWE allows employers to gain qualified, temporary employees that may become permanent employees, if a position opens.
CWE should be towards the end of the academic program. Students may find their own CWE placement; however, the employer should be approved by your CWE coordinator. Please note:
Employers will need to understand the requirements for working with the CWE coordinator and the student. A supervisor must be designated as the main contact between the employer and the BMCC coordinator. In addition to supervising the student, the coordinator will be responsible for signing the contract, monthly time sheets, and providing an evaluation at the end of the term.
If the employer pays the CWE student, then the employer is responsible for workers’ compensation insurance. If the student is in an unpaid position, BMCC will be responsible for workers’ compensation insurance as stated in the CWE contract.
Students must work 33 hours per credit of CWE. There is a maximum of 8 credits per term. See below:
Both the student and the employer will complete written evaluations. The CWE coordinator will evaluate journal reflections as they related to learning objectives. The final grade will be based on the student’s self-evaluation, the employer’s evaluation, and the coordinator’s assessment of your work.
Before the term begins:
Within the first 2 weeks of the term:
At the end of the term:
When employers connect with students while in college, both the employer and the student benefit. The Business Administration faculty want to increase those connections. Here are a few of the opportunities in which employers may want to participate:
Our 1- and 2-credit leadership courses use free open educational resources. To be successful in these courses, students will participate in course assignments, activities, journals, and projects.
The leadership courses include:
Community organizations and employers may schedule to have these courses delivered on their sites.
Workshops (1.5 to 2 hours) are available on the topics below:
If you have any questions or topic suggestions, please contact Velda Arnaud.
EOU has a fast track program for business. Course equivalencies for the EOU Business Administration program:
Upper-division courses (300 and above) not offered. Be sure to check prerequisites when planning your coursework. Different prerequisites may be required at other schools.
*Note 1: There are no direct equivalents in accounting. Don’t split the sequence between BMCC and OSU. You must take BA211, BA212, and BA213 in order to receive credit for OSU’s BA211 and BA213. If you complete only one or two of the courses, you will receive only elective credits.
**Note 2: Students admitted to OSU’s College of Business with OSU catalog year 2016/17 or later will need to follow our new PreBusiness curriculum above. Some class requirements have changed from prior years. Talk with an advisor if you have questions.
To fulfill a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration or a double major in Accounting, the NNU Adult & Profession Program in Business requires that BMCC students take the following courses in fulfillment of an Associate of Arts degree:
Additionally, students are required to take the following General Education courses as part of their AAOT:
Once the above AAOT degree and specified courses have been completed, BMCC students would receive junior standing at NNU with 62 semester credits. Students would then take 35 general education credits and 27 business course credits at NNU.
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