Entrepreneurship

  • Overview

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

    To plan certificate completion, see the course descriptions in the academic catalog which specify the planned semester(s) in which required classes are to be scheduled.

  • 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
    General Education or program elective

    BUS 140
    BUS 224
    BUS 209
    ECO 102
    General Education or program elective

    Sample 2 Year Sequence of Courses
    Fall 1Spring 1Fall 2Spring 2

    BUS 116
    BUS 111
    BUS 105

    BUS 224
    BUS 209

    CIS course
    General Education or program elective

    ECO 102
    General Education or program elective
    BUS 140

Student learning outcomes

Students completing a course of study in this program will be able to:
  • Appreciate diverse cultural and individual perspectives
    Demonstrate awareness and responsiveness to stakeholder needs in a variety of local, national, and international business contexts.
  • Solve problems collaboratively
    When working in teams or groups to solve business or information technology challenges, demonstrate strong self-management techniques and workplace-related values such as a strong work ethic, ability to build good working relationships, ability to succeed in culturally diverse environments, strong communication skills, continuous self-improvement, and competence in one’s position.
  • Reason and act ethically
    Demonstrate and apply knowledge of the principles and standards that determine acceptable conduct in business.
  • Demonstrate civic knowledge and engagement
    Demonstrate and exercise the ability to make wise decisions related to personal financial affairs, the successful operation of organizations, and the economic activities of the region, country, and globe.
  • Communicate in various modes and media
    Demonstrate ability to determine diverse, business audience perspectives and needs, gather relevant information, analyze information and formulate message, select appropriate communication medium for context, compose and deliver effective message for audience, and utilize feedback to improve communication effectiveness.
  • Use quantitative concepts and processes
    Identify, gather, and analyze relevant quantitative information for context, depict relevant insights from quantitative information for audiences, and use insights from quantitative information to make business decisions.
  • Locate, evaluate, and use various sources of information
    Identify information needs given business challenge and audience perspective, locate information sources, evaluate credibility and limitations of information based on source and methodology, use information in keeping with audience needs and limitations, and practice respect for intellectual property.
  • Explore the natural and physical world
    Demonstrate awareness of the interrelatedness of one country’s political policies and economic practices on another; understand the global, national, and local business environments–that is, the interconnected-ness of cultural, political, legal, economic, and ethical systems; explore basic concepts underlying international and national finance, management, marketing, and trade relations; and demonstrate and act upon the role of small business in stimulating economic development.
  • Think creatively and critically
    Demonstrate ability to identify a relevant business challenge, gather and analyze related information, derive and support insights from information, and determine independent, creative solutions and their implications.
  • Apply, integrate, and synthesize learning
    Demonstrate ability to integrate and synthesize course and program concepts to applied learning challenge in a business or information technology context.

What’s next

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