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.
Especially in the world of small businesses, employees and business owners often wear many hats. This is where a general education in business principles and skills can be particularly beneficial. Working from a strong core of foundational business curriculum, students can build their own program or explore recommended pathways that have been identified to help them focus their studies toward a specific area of interest.
With so many career paths to choose from, the employment opportunities for graduates with a business degree are extensive.
Whatcom Community College is part of a consortium of 19 colleges across the state that are offering a retail management certificate. Students may complete the certificate at any of the colleges offering the certificate.
The 46-credit retail management 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.
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. Go to www.wafc.com for a complete list of participants and for more details.
All retail management certificate courses are also applicable to the 90-credit AS degree in business administration.
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How will my Whatcom Community College credits transfer?
Information about how Whatcom credits will transfer to a four-year college or university can often be found on the respective college's website. Please view the Degree & Major Information page for a list of popular Washington State colleges and universities.
What grade point average (GPA) will guarantee that I am admitted to the university of my choice?Unfortunately, there is no magic number, but a good GPA does impact your ability to be admitted to certain universities and certain programs. Check with the university and the department to find out minimum requirements and GPA averages for students who are admitted. A GPA of at least 2.0 is required in order to receive a degree from Whatcom.
What is S/U grading?S/U grading (satisfactory/unsatisfactory) is usually requested by students when a letter grade may negatively impact their GPA or when they are taking a class because of interest and do not want a letter grade. Any regular letter grade course can be changed to S/U grading at the registration window through the 8th week of the quarter. Students should think carefully before making this choice. Many universities will not accept S/U grades for courses which are used to meet general university requirements if transferred outside of the AAS degree. Also, many departments do not accept S/U grading to meet departmental course prerequisites. Before signing up for S/U grading, check the transfer policies and departmental policies at the university or college you plan to attend.
How is a "W" grade viewed?A "W" grade is recorded when a student officially withdraws from a class. One "W" grade is not usually a problem but a pattern of "W" grades may influence your ability to transfer to the college or university of your choice. Whatcom has a policy to alert you if you receive more than 21 credits of non-completion grades and you will be encouraged to discuss your situation with a college advisor. Sometimes, students register for more credits than they can handle and end up dropping a course or two each quarter. It is far better to enroll for less credits and complete them successfully than to enroll for more credits than you can handle. "W" grades are not computed into your GPA at Whatcom.
What about a "V" grade?A "V" grade on your Whatcom transcript generally means that you stopped attending class, didn't withdraw and the instructor gave you a "V" grade instead of an "F". A "V" grade is not computed into your GPA at Whatcom. However, some colleges and universities (like Western Washington University) will calculate the "V" grade into your GPA. If you are in doubt as to why you received a "V" grade, you should contact your instructor. Check with the college or university you plan to attend if this is an issue for you.
Can I repeat a course at Whatcom?A student may repeat any course that is not designated as repeatable for credit up to a maximum of 2 times (this is defined as two repeats in addition to the original enrollment.) Whatcom computes the GPA with the highest grade point value for any course that is repeated. If a student notifies the registration office by completing a "Repeat" card, the symbol "R" will be placed next to the grade of the other course and the credits and grade points for that course will not be calculated into the overall GPA on the transcript. Colleges and universities vary widely as to how they will view repeated courses and how they will compute the GPA. Many colleges and universities average the grades and the grade points for both courses. Check with the college or university you plan to attend before you repeat a course.