Degree and Certificate Information

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What can I do with a degree in business administration?

Studies in business may lead to opportunities in an endless array of industries, government agencies, non-profit and for-profit corporations. A sampling of career options includes sales and customer service, office administration, bookkeeping and general office technology support, and may lead to related roles in supervisory and management positions. Students can also acquire leadership and entrepreneurial skills required to start, manage and lead their own business. With so many career paths to choose from, the employment opportunities for graduates with a business degree are extensive.

What can I do with the retail management certificate?

This certificate gives students a well-rounded management foundation, and is broadly applicable to all retail situations. The certificate prepares students to communicate effectively, handle human resource issues, develop a management style, and understand marketing and promotion. All of the certificate courses are also applicable to the 90-credit AS degree in business administration.

Whatcom Community College is part of a consortium of 19 colleges across the state that are offering retail management certificates, and students will be able to complete the certificate at any of the colleges offering the certificate. In addition, the certificate was developed with the assistance of the Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC). Grocery industry employees who complete the certificate with a ‘C' grade or higher in each course may be eligible to receive a cash bonus and certificate from WAFC. Some local grocery chains are offering significant incentives to their employees to pursue the certificate, such as tuition reimbursement, incentive raises, and cash bonuses upon completion. Go to for a complete list of participants and for more details.

What is the application process?

There is no special program application for the business administration program.