The Small Business Entrepreneurship Associate Degree is a 62–63 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

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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 the basic concepts of using Microsoft PowerPoint with hands-on, project based activities. Learners will develop foundational skills by applying concepts explored to create new presentations, adding and formatting slides, navigating a slide show, inserting images/backgrounds, adding transitions, adding animations and working with charts, WordArt and tables.

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Industry Credentials Accepted:
  • Microsoft Office Specialist - Office Powerpoint 2019

EXCEL LEVEL 1 (10103242)

1.00

Introduces learners to the basic concepts of using Microsoft Excel with hands-on, project based activities. Learners will develop foundational skills by applying concepts explored to effectively utilize the functions and features of Microsoft Excel including creating worksheets, entering/editing data, selecting cells/ranges, creating basic charts, formatting entries and creating/modifying basic formulas.

NTC Assessments Offered:
Industry Credentials Accepted:
  • Microsoft Office Specialist - Office Excel 2019

WORD LEVEL 1 (10103243)

1.00

Introduces learners to the basic concepts of using Microsoft Word with hands-on, project based activities. Learners will develop foundational skills by applying concepts explored to start Word, create a new document, create business letters, flyers, brochures, research papers, resumes, work with SmartArt, apply basic formatting and more.

NTC Assessments Offered:
Industry Credentials Accepted:
  • Microsoft Office Specialist - Office Word 2019

ENTREPRENEURIAL INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY RECOGNITION (10145126)

3.00

Introduces the concepts of invention, innovation and opportunity recognition. Investigate the entrepreneurial mindset and entrepreneurship as a career. Explore the concepts of idea creation and feasibility testing.

THINK CRITICALLY & CREATIVELY (10809103)

3.00

Provides instruction about critical and creative thinking that is in high demand in all occupations. Models, theories, and processes provide the foundation for learning logical thinking strategies. Students will apply a systematic approach to problem solving by analyzing the problem, assessing possible solutions, and making effective decisions. In addition, students will generate ideas and analyze complex issues. This course assists students with developing a critical thinking mindset which is essential at every level of personal and professional life.

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COLLEGE 101 (10890165)

1.00

Examines proven strategies designed to help learners achieve greater personal, academic, and professional success. Learners will apply personal responsibility thinking and behaviors; self- management, awareness, and motivation strategies; as well as interdependence skills to develop a proactive life plan.

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INTRO TO MASS COMM (10801141)

3.00

Explores communication in media and media literacy by providing insight into the important issues that confront students as consumers and purveyors of mass media within the workforce and in society. The mass media revolution, including media technologies, the evolution of media content and platforms, including new media, the impact of media communications on business and society as a whole, media bias, and media law and ethics from the basis of the course.

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ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 (10801136)

3.00

Learners develop and apply skills in all aspects of the writing process. Through a variety of learning activities and written documents, learners employ rhetorical strategies, plan, organize and revise content, apply critical reading strategies, locate and evaluate information, integrate and document sources, and apply standardized English language conventions.

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

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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Industry Credentials Accepted:
  • CLEP® Principles of Marketing

ENTREPRENEURSHIP PRINCIPLES (10145127)

3.00

Explores entrepreneurial ventures and provides the newest tools, skills and mindset needed to thrive in the uncertain environment of entrepreneurship. Leaners will use real-world examples, case studies and business model design tools to develop entrepreneurial projects.

Prerequisite: 10-145-126 ENTREPRENEURIAL INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY RECOGNITION.

MANAGING HUMAN RESOURCES (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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Industry Credentials Accepted:
  • SHRM Certification

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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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.

NTC Assessments Offered:
Industry Credentials Accepted:
  • CLEP® Financial Accounting

ACCOUNTING FUNDAMENTALS (10101147)

3.00

Examines the basic accounting principles and procedures for those individuals who will work with accounting information, accountants, and in a business related setting. The learner will identify the accounting cycles, prepaid expenses, accruals, merchandise inventory, uncollectible accounts, and depreciation. The course is not intended as an in-depth study of accounting.

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BUSINESS LAW 1 (10102160)

3.00

Develop an understanding of business organizations, contracts, and sales contracts by reviewing relevant court cases. Emphasizes the importance, meaning, and value of law in everyday lives. Special emphasis is placed on contemporary legal problems that challenge today's society.

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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 BUSINESS PLAN DEVELOPMENT (10145130)

3.00

Focuses on the development of a comprehensive business plan that integrates all the knowledge and skills learned in the previous courses. Through lectures, group work, and individual assignments, students will learn to create a mission and vision statement, conduct a SWOT analysis, identify target markets, develop a marketing and sales plan, create financial projections, secure funding, and understand legal and regulatory compliance. By the end of the course, students will have created a comprehensive business plan and be prepared to pitch their ideas to potential investors or lenders.

Prerequisite: 10-104-172 MARKETING PRINCIPLES, and Entrepreneurial Principles or with instructor's consent.

FUNDAMENTALS OF SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT (10182142)

3.00

Introduces the key concepts of supply chain management. Effective Supply Chain Management has become an important component in an organizations ability to stay competitive. Learners examine planning and demand management, supplier management, operations management, customer relationship management, and logistics management. Learners explore the integration and best practices that occur in these supply chain operational areas to deliver a product or service to the customer.

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SPEECH (10801198)

3.00

Explores the fundamentals of effective oral presentation to small and large groups. Topic selection, audience analysis, methods of organization, research, supporting evidence, delivery techniques, active listening, and other essential elements of speaking successfully, form the basis of the course. Includes informative, persuasive, and occasion speech presentations. Audience requirements to be determined by individual colleges.

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CENTS & SENSIBILITY (10809101)

1.00

Economic Skills is a practical study of consumer problems and consumer choice. This course is designed in an individualized, self-paced format with emphasis on developing the skill of consumer decision-making. Selected topics include: budgeting and family resource management, sources of consumer information, help in solving consumer problems and consumer decision-making in such areas as transportation, insurance, financial institutions, consumer goods and services, housing and credit.

QUICKBOOKS 1 (10101180)

1.00

Introduces basic accounting concepts, set up and management of QuickBooks Online company files. The learner will navigate through the software by creating a new company, entering beginning balances, service and inventory items. Introduces adding new customers and vendors by entering and paying bills, writing checks, creating invoices and sales receipts. Demonstrates achievement by producing financial reports.

Industry Credentials Accepted:
  • Intuit QuickBooks Online Certification

QUICKBOOKS 2 (10101181)

2.00

Expands on the learner's ability to manage a company chart of accounts, record purchases and process sales in QuickBooks Online. Learners will manage customer, vendor and employee records. Learners will expand upon their base knowledge of QuickBooks Online by performing investing and financing, payroll, budgets and banking activities. The learner will enter adjusting entries, produce financial statements and other month-end reports. Through a full month simulation, the learner will check for reporting accuracy and correct common mistakes to ensure accurate financial reporting.

Pre/Corequisite: 10-101-180 QUICKBOOKS 1.

Industry Credentials Accepted:
  • Intuit QuickBooks Online Certification

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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MEETING FACILITATION (10116100)

1.00

Examines characteristics of effective meetings and meeting preparation management by exploring planning fundamentals, comparing technology and distance meeting considerations, and evaluating best practices. In addition to designing a mock meeting and modeling appropriate meeting facilitation strategies, learners will have the opportunity to add LinkedIn Learning certificates to their portfolio.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP START-UP OPERATIONS AND GROWTH (10145131)

3.00

Builds upon the knowledge and skills learned in the previous courses. Students will learn about the day-to-day operations of a business, managing finances, developing customer service policies, building strategic partnerships, and expanding the customer base. Students will also learn about digital marketing, developing a product roadmap, managing employees, and planning for an exit strategy. By the end of the course, students will have the knowledge and skills to build a sustainable and scalable business.

Prerequisite: 10-145-130 ENTREPRENEURSHIP BUSINESS PLAN DEVELOPMENT.

MICROECONOMICS (10809143)

3.00

Examines the behavior of individual decision makers, primarily consumers and firms. Topics include choices of how much to consume and to produce, the functioning of perfectly and imperfectly competitive markets, the conditions under which markets may fail, and arguments for and against government intervention. The student applies the fundamental tools of economics to real world problems.

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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.

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National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® Introductory Psychology
  • AP Psychology

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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