Applied Business Concentration Areas
- Administrative Management -Skilled administrative assistants are the key to almost every successful business, and opportunities for advancement are better than ever. Our goal with the administrative assistant certificate and A.A.S. is to equip you with the necessary skills to become a successful office professional. This program is your opportunity to learn and apply the latest applications in computer technology, human relations skills, and office support skills. In addition, students maybe be eligible to participate in job readiness training, resume and job application preparation, mock interviews, job search techniques, and internships. Employers in all business sectors will appreciate your ability to keep organized records, treat their clients courteously and professionally, and use computer software efficiently. Students will also earn an occupational endorsement on their way to completing the applied business management certificate and A.A.S. degree.
- Applied Management -The Applied Management degree is for students who have already earned a university approved certificate; or a professional, technical or vocational license or certification issued by government or industry with training equivalent to a university certificate and 21 department approved electives. This degree adds management A.A.S. degree training to the previously earned vocational/technical education degree. The 24 credit general business core required in this option and the A.A.S. general education core is almost all available through UAF Community & Technical College, via web delivery. This allows students to work in their vocational/technical specialty while learning the supervisory and management skills either online or in the classroom.
- Computer Applications - The importance of management in a technical environment is a core concept of the computer applications degree. The applied business computer applications major provides students with a well rounded curriculum consisting of word processing, spreadsheets, databases, graphics, and Internet/web design. Students will gain the skills necessary to enter into entry or mid-level business jobs that require a strong working knowledge of various facets of the standard office computer. This program focuses on the important link between computer applications and business functions. Courses cover a broad range of information technology resources and managing them to meet an organization’s goals.
- Entrepreneurship - The applied business entrepreneurship major prepares students who want to start their ownbusiness. Courses cover the fundamentals of small business ownership, income tax, financial management, small business planning and management, E-commerce, and
- Finance - Almost all firms, governmental agencies, and organizations have personnel who oversee the preparation of financial reports, direct investment in activities, and implement cash management strategies. Employees with financial management skills are also spending more time developing strategies and implementing the long term goals of their organization. Students earn an occupational endorsement as a Financial Services Representative on their way to the Management Certificate and A.A.S. Degree.
- Healthcare Management - The health care reimbursement certificate program prepares students for employment as medical billers and coders. Students in the program are instructed in the analysis of medical records and assigning codes for indexing diagnoses and procedures for reimbursement purposes. The successful completion of this program prepares students for national certification through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) coding exam and the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) exam. In the second year of study students develop their business management skills to successfully supervise health care offices. Graduates of this program are employed in medical offices, clinics, hospitals and other medical facilities.
- Human Resources - Students in the applied business human resources degree will take courses necessary to become supervisors or personnel administrators in businesses or agencies. The program covers topics such as payroll, accounting, supervision, business and employment law, business and professional presentations, income tax, and database/ spreadsheet management. In addition, the curriculum has been designed to assist students in preparing for the national PHR examination.
- International Business - It’s difficult to ignore the fact that today’s business world is a global one. The Applied Business International Business program offers courses in E-commerce, financial management, business and professional presentations, international business, foreign language, and an in-depth practicum to meet the demands of this global economy. Students can choose to complete their practicum through study abroad.
- Management - This degree best melds the benefits of a hands-on applied business education with the academic rigor required of a bachelor’s degree in business. Beginning with the applied business management certificate in general business and continuing on to the A.A.S. degree in applied business management, students will be half way to obtaining their B.B.A. degree when transferring to the School of Management at UAF or UAS. Students who intend to continue their education can pursue their bachelor of business administration at UAF on main campus. Students also have the option of pursuing their B.B.A. online through UAS. Students should schedule an appointment with an applied business department advisor to select the most appropriate electives (21 credits) to ensure a seamless transfer of credits.
- Marketing - About one-third of jobs in the U.S. are marketing related. Even non-business organizations like hospitals, educational institutions, and government agencies understand the importance of effective marketing and increase the number of positions in this field each year. Businesses realize that being able to develop effective marketing strategies will determine their success.
- Public Management - This program was designed in response to a growing need for public service employees. It provides a solid foundation in the principles of employee responsibilities for publicly funded bodies, such as hospitals, schools, government corporations, and not-for-profit organizations. Students gain an understanding of public management, legal standards, and policy making.
- Recreation and Guiding Management - The Alaska tourism industry is made up of over 2,000 large and small tourism and travel-related businesses generating more than 40,000 jobs. Nature-based and eco tourism travel is one of the strongest growing market segments in the travel industry. Well educated guides are essential for this part of the industry to continue to flourish. The management certificate and A.A.S. degree in recreation and guiding combines rigorous business and management training with selected natural resource management and emergency medical service courses. The certificate and degree also allows students to explore their interests in elective recreation courses.
- Tourism - Tourism is the second largest industry in the state of Alaska accounting for one in eight private-sector jobs. The applied business tourism program helps ensure that students have the training and skills they need for jobs within this exciting, fast-paced industry. Students spend the summer months employed in visitor industry jobs, which they can earn practicum credit for. Class topics include lodging operations, transportation/logistics management, rural destination development, tourism marketing, international business, and customer service, as well as a special study abroad semester that students can spend in Germany!