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.

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.

Retail management

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 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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