Entrepreneurship

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The Entrepreneurship Certificate provides the skills needed for a start-up business venture or to invigorate an existing small business. It includes hands-on experiences in your chosen business field, maximum flexibility to emphasize areas of personal need and interest, and a capstone project allowing students to be mentored by GCC faculty through the development of a personalized business plan.  This is an ideal way to match a business foundation with talent and education in another discipline, such as music, renewable energy, art or agriculture—to ensure that visions can be translated into successful business launches. Your Entrepreneurship Certificate can even “stack” into an associate degree!  

With small businesses generating 65% of new jobs over the past 17 years (U.S. Small Business Administration), “entrepreneurship” may be the buzzword of economic recovery.  But here at GCC, it defines the pulse of the Business and Information Technology department.  Many of our BIT faculty members are experienced business owners, themselves, and enjoy community-based, hands-on learning opportunities as much as our students.  As such, students are inspired to match their talent and passions with sound education in business fundamentals, empowering many to launch business enterprises even before they graduate.  GCC BIT alumni support current students through mentoring and internships, resulting in a strong, optimistic culture of opportunity.

Got an idea?  Let’s analyze it, challenge it, develop it soundly, and prepare you and your business to enter a lifelong community of supportive entrepreneurs.

Curriculum documents

This is just one way you might complete the Entrepreneurship Certificate Program in 2 semesters over 1 year of full-time study, or 4 semesters over 2 years of part-time study. (Sample course sequences assume that all pre-requisites have been satisfied and the student is prepared for college-level work.) For a detailed list of required courses, optional electives and program information download the Entrepreneurship program description from our official academic catalog.

Course descriptions are also available in the catalog. Find courses

Sample 1 Year Sequence of Courses
FallSpring
BUS 116
BUS 111
BUS 105
CIS course
Special Interest elective
BUS 140
BUS 224
BUS 209
ECO 102
Special Interest elective
Sample 2 Year Sequence of Courses
Fall 1Spring 1Fall 2Spring 2
BUS 116
BUS 111
BUS 105
BUS 140
BUS 224
BUS 209
CIS course
Special Interest elective
ECO 102
Special Interest elective

Student learning outcomes

Students completing a course of study in this program will be able to:

What’s next

Development of a proprietary business or continuation in an associate degree with a business or non-business emphasis.

The Entrepreneurship program is a certificate that “stacks” into a GCC degree program. Depending on course selection, once you earn this certificate you’re already halfway to earning one of the following degrees:

These certificates are a great way to gain a valuable credential and increase your earning power and career potential, all while building a solid foundation for seamless transfer into one of our associate degree programs. Work closely with your advisor to make sure you choose the right classes to put you on track for an associate degree!

Learn more about our degree and certificate and degree pathways »

Gainful employment disclosure

The US Department of Education requires colleges and universities to disclose certain information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.” At GCC this includes our career-ready certificate programs. This information includes program costs; occupations that the program prepares students to enter; on time completion rate; and for programs with a minimum number of graduates in the most recent academic year: the number of students who completed the program, the number of students who complete the program on time, and the median federal and private loan debt incurred by graduates.

View gainful employment data for the Entrepreneurship program