Valencia College Bachelor of Commerce adds high-demand concentrations to prepare students for the job market
Valencia College’s Bachelor of Applied Science in Business and Organizational Leadership (BASBOL) program will offer two new concentrations in fall 2022: Business Management and Leadership and Change.
Since the launch of the BASBOL program in the summer of 2018, the program continues to experience growth from term to term. As of summer 2018, 132 students were enrolled and there are now 1,909 students who enrolled in courses in the 2021-2022 academic year and reported BASBOL as their degree.
Cheri Cutter, acting dean of business at Valencia College West Campus, said the decision to add two new concentrations stems from a survey that showed the new concentrations are in high demand among students and the workforce. work.
“We wanted to look at opportunities where students can find jobs and new concentrations were highest compared to other fields,” Cutter says.
The Business Management concentration will aim to help students expand their knowledge of management while providing them with critical thinking experience through real-world applications.
The Leadership and Change Concentration is designed to help students broaden their skills in leading change within organizations and businesses. The concentration also aims to enable students to adapt and execute the leadership and change processes necessary to thrive in an ever-changing business environment, according to Angelina Yoder, chair of Valencia College’s Business and Organizational Leadership Program.
The BASBOL program relies heavily on free online materials and non-copyrighted material to reduce textbook costs for students.
“All students have access to their learning materials from the first day of class,” says Cutter.
The BASBOL program can be completed entirely online or in person, depending on student preference.
While state universities charge over $200 per credit hour, Florida residents in Valencia bachelor’s degree programs pay $112.19 per credit hour and non-Florida residents pay $427.59 per hour credit for 3000 and 4000 level courses.
Cutter says the BASBOL program plans to expand to include concentrations in human resource management and social entrepreneurship, although no timeline for expansion has been determined.
Not only is the program experiencing significant enrollment growth, but the BASBOL program has awarded 1,118 degrees since the program began. And the reward rate is impressive. Since the program began, 1,181 students have applied for the degree and 1,118 students have received a Bachelor of Applied Science in Business and Organizational Leadership, creating a 95% award rate.
Cutter points out that while many employers want students to pursue higher education in specific fields such as business, students who graduate with a concentration may be more marketable to employers.
“An employer might say, ‘we want you to have a bachelor’s degree and understand the field,’” says Cutter. “But students who specialize in specific concentrations graduate with a greater depth of knowledge that can help set them apart.”
For more details on the program, please visit: http://valenciacollege.edu/businessandorganizationalleadership.
Source: Valencia College by Sade Teel