The Small Business Entrepreneurship Associate Degree is a 63 credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS (10102124)

3.00

Introduces learners to the evolution of business and entrepreneurship. Learners analyze global, ethical and legal environments of business, explore the human side of business and examine the functional approach to information technology, marketing, human resource management, operations management and finance.

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POWERPOINT LEVEL 1 (10103241)

1.00

Introduces learners to introductory Microsoft PowerPoint skills including creating a new presentation, adding and formatting slides, navigating a slide show, inserting images and backgrounds, and adding transitions and animations.

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Industry Credentials Accepted:
  • Microsoft Office Specialist - Office Powerpoint 2016

EXCEL LEVEL1 (10103242)

1.00

Introduces learners to introductory topics using Microsoft Excel using real-world activities. Learner topics include entering, editing, and formatting entries; selecting cells and ranges, and creating and modifying basic formulas.

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Industry Credentials Accepted:
  • Microsoft Office Specialist - Office Excel 2016

WORD LEVEL 1 (10103243)

1.00

Introduces learners to basic concepts using the Microsoft Word application through hands-on learning activities. Learners develop foundational skills by applying concepts explored to create business letters, brochures, resumes, newsletters and more.

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Industry Credentials Accepted:
  • Microsoft Office Specialist - Office Word 2016

TEAM BUILDING AND PROBLEM SOLVING (10196189)

3.00

Apply the skills and tools necessary to facilitate team development and effectiveness, solve complex problems, pinpoint the root cause of conflict, and resolve issues between team members. Each learner will demonstrate the application of the benefits and challenges of teamwork, perform the necessary roles in a team, facilitate the stages of team development, conduct conflict resolution, evaluate potential causes of a problem, develop multiple approaches to problem solving and decision making, exhibit the ability to build consensus and commitment, utilize a systematic approach to defining and solving problems and implement various methods for evaluating results based on established criteria and metrics.

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MATH WITH BUSINESS APPLICATIONS (10804123)

3.00

This course covers real numbers, basic operations, linear equations, proportions with one variable, percents, simple interest, compound interest, annuity, apply math concepts to the purchasing/buying process, apply math concepts to the selling process and basic statistics with business/consumer applications.

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WRITTEN COMMUNICATION (10801195)

3.00

Develops writing skills which include prewriting, drafting, revising and editing. A variety of writing assignments are designed to help the learner analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Also develops critical reading and thinking skills through the analysis of a variety of written documents.

NTC Assessments Offered:
National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® College Composition
  • AP English Language & Composition

ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 (10801136)

3.00

This course is designed for learners to develop knowledge and skills in all aspects of the writing process. Planning, organizing, writing, editing and revising are applied through a variety of activities. Students will analyze audience and purpose, use elements of research and format documents using standard guidelines. Individuals will develop critical reading skills through analysis of various written documents.

NTC Assessments Offered:
National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® College Composition
  • AP English Language & Composition

ACCOUNTING 1 (10101111)

4.00

Introduces accounting concepts and financial statements for sole proprietorships. Learners analyze and record routine transactions, adjusting entries, and closing entries. Learners prepare the Income Statement, Statement of Owner's Equity, and the Balance Sheet from the financial records they create for service and merchandising businesses. Covers accounting for sales, inventory, cash, and receivables.

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BUSINESS LAW 1 (10102160)

3.00

Examines the importance, meaning and value of law in everyday lives. Most of the course is devoted to a complete understanding of business organizations, contracts and sales contracts. Special emphasis is placed on contemporary legal problems that challenge today's society.

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MARKETING PRINCIPLES (10104172)

3.00

Introduces an understanding of basic marketing fundamentals. The learner will explore consumer demographics, lifestyles and decision making; evaluate product distribution; promotions and price planning. The learner will create a Strategic Marketing Plan combining the components listed and develop a presentation.

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MANAGING HUMAN RESOURCES & LABOR RELATIONS (10196193)

3.00

Learners apply the skills and tools necessary to identify, acquire and effectively direct employee abilities to meet workforce and organizational challenges and goals. Each learner will: demonstrate the relevance of the supervisor's role in human resources management, explore the impacts of EEOC, write job descriptions, develop recruitment and selection strategies, conduct job interviews, carry out staff on-boarding and orientations, develop workplace policies and procedures, develop and implement training and development programs, execute performance appraisal and management, provide coaching and effectively utilize compensation and benefit strategies.

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ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION (10801196)

3.00

Focuses upon developing speaking, verbal and nonverbal communication and listening skills through individual presentations, group activities and other projects.

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SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGNS 1 (10104125)

3.00

Incorporates an overview of contemporary social networking sites. The learner sets up, monitors, and measures a social media campaign. The learner examines how businesses embrace social media platforms to connect with consumers and increase awareness. Additionally, the learner explores the history and development of social media sites, along with analyzing the ethical and potential legal concerns that have arisen over this communication medium.

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PROMOTIONS (10104126)

3.00

Examines the qualities and components of an Integrated Marketing Communication (IMC) plan. Learners will develop an understanding that within the marketing mix of products, prices, distribution systems and promotions, firms need to promote their brand in one clear voice. Learners will explore and create integrated marketing communication tools including press releases, logos, corporate names, print advertisements, radio advertisements and more.

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PRINCIPLES OF SALES (10104154)

3.00

Introduces the learner to a blend of fundamentals and new practices to prepare them to build quality partnerships by creating customer value. Today's salespeople need to live by a new set of selling principles. Customers want sales people who are their partners; people who will add value to their business, not just communicate it.

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ENTREPRENEURSHIP 1 (10145119)

3.00

At the heart of global economic growth are entrepreneurs who are willing to assume the risks and create new business ventures. In this course, you will explore basic entrepreneurial concepts through the blending of theory and hands-on practical, step-by-step guidelines for developing a business plan. This course is intended to help you transform your ideas into entrepreneurial success.

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PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN RELATIONS (10809199)

3.00

Explores the relationship between the general principles of psychology and our everyday lives. Students are given the opportunity to achieve a deepened sense of awareness of themselves and others. This understanding enables students to improve their relationships with others at work, in the family and in society.

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INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY (10809198)

3.00

This introductory course in psychology is a survey of the multiple aspects of human behavior. It involves a survey of the theoretical foundations of human functioning in such areas as learning, motivation, emotions, personality, deviance and pathology, physiological factors and social influences. It directs the student to an insightful understanding of the complexities of human relationships in personal, social and vocational settings.

NTC Assessments Offered:
National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® Introductory Psychology
  • AP Psychology

QUICKBOOKS 1 (10101180)

1.00

Introduces basic accounting concepts, set up and management of QuickBooks company files. The learner will navigate through the software by setting up users, entering beginning balances, and creating non-inventory items. Introduces customers and vendors by entering and paying bills, writing checks, creating invoices and sales receipts. Demonstrates achievement by producing reports and graphs.

QUICKBOOKS 2 (10101181)

1.00

Expands on the learner's ability to manage bank accounts, correct common mistakes, write-off bad debt, set up and manage balance sheet accounts, apply sales tax, create purchase orders and process sales discounts. The learner will set up and manage inventory items as well as set up employee information and process payroll. Applies the skills in a simulation project.

QUICKBOOKS 3 (10101182)

1.00

Expands the learner's ability to customize reports and forms, create estimates, use time tracking, add finance charges and work with classes while reviewing the Accounting Cycle. The learner will also enter adjusting entries, produce financial statements and other year-end reports and close the books at year-end.

CUSTOMER SERVICE (10104103)

2.00

Analyzes approaches and best practices to strengthen relationships with customers, understand the importance of customer service, and how to satisfy the customer's needs and wants through interaction with the customer. The learner prepares tips about best practices to build customer relationships, along with a total customer service strategic plan for a business.

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ENTREPRENEURSHIP 2 (10145122)

3.00

In the world of small business, the unexpected should be expected. This course will take you beyond the business plan by addressing commonly overlooked business practices. You will prepare for the true costs of running a business by exploring topics related to government regulations, industry fees, how lending works and employee regulations. You will develop strategies to deal with the unexpected realities of small business management.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT (10196188)

3.00

In Project Management, learners apply the skills and tools necessary to design, implement and evaluate formal projects. Each learner will: understand the importance and value of managing projects, assume the role of a project manager, develop a project proposal, use relevant project management software, work with project teams, establish the proper sequence of tasks, chart progress, respond to variation and changes, develop a budget, direct resources and manage a project through its life cycle.

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ECONOMICS (10809195)

3.00

This course is designed to give an overview of how a market-oriented economic system operates, and it surveys the factors which influence national economic policy. Basic concepts and analyses are illustrated by reference to a variety of contemporary problems and public policy issues. Concepts include scarcity, resources, alternative economic systems, growth, supply and demand, monetary and fiscal policy, inflation, unemployment and global economic issues.

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National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® Principles of Microeconomics
  • AP Macroeconomics
  • CLEP® Principles of Macroeconomics
  • AP Microeconomics

INTRODUCTION TO DIVERSITY STUDIES (10809172)

3.00

Introduces learners to the study of diversity from a local to a global environment using a holistic, interdisciplinary approach. Encourages self-exploration and prepares the learner to work in a diverse environment. In addition to an analysis of majority/minority relationships in a multicultural context, the primary topics of race, ethnicity, age, gender, class, sexual orientation, disability and religion are explored.

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INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY (10809196)

3.00

Introduces students to the basic concepts of sociology: culture, socialization, social stratification, multi-culturalism and the five institutions, including family, government, economics, religion and education. Other topics include demography, deviance, technology, environment, social issues, social change, social organization and workplace issues.

NTC Assessments Offered:
National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® Introductory Sociology

Test-Out Option Term Definitions

Test

An exam that is scored by faculty or staff in NTC’s Testing Center.

Skill Demonstration

A performance of your expertise that is evaluated by faculty.

Combination: Test & Skill Demonstration

A combination of both a test and a skill demonstration.

Portfolio

A collection and explanation of your past learning through work or life experience.

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