KBOCC Offers New Business Administration ProgramFeb 19th, 2015 | By tcj | Category: 26-3: Global Indigenous Higher Education, Tribal College News
The Higher Learning Commission has approved Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College’s (KBOCC’s) new Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration program. Students at the tribal college will be able to declare the new major during the spring 2015 semester. “One thing that the majority of people requested was for business classes to be offered again,” says admissions officer Megan Haataja. “We began with just one class to see the response and to determine if it was the correct time to start implementing an additional degree program. The following semester we offered two more classes, each of which was proof that the need is there.”
After KBOCC achieved full accreditation in July 2013, Haataja immediately went to work on developing the curriculum for the business administration program, emphasizing technology and the needs of small businesses. “I wanted to tailor our program to ensure transferability to other surrounding universities, but I also focused on what other tribal colleges were doing as well since it is important to concentrate on our mission statement. I believe we found the perfect balance.”
The business administration program includes classes such as marketing, management and supervision, and business law. As with any program at KBOCC, business students are also required to take Native American awareness classes. Graduates of the program develop skills in using increasingly sophisticated technologies.
Future plans for the program include an international business component which will allow students to engage in study abroad opportunities. “We met at the University of Colorado in Denver and discussed partnering with Michigan State University, Brigham Young University, and other institutions on international business programs that our students could participate in,” states KBOCC president Debbie Parrish. “It will be exciting for our students to be able to travel to other countries and learn about business there.”