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The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business offers ten areas of emphasis:  accounting, agribusiness, business administration, computer information management, entrepreneurship, event management, logistics, marketing, nonprofit management and sports and recreation management.  

This two-year degree provides necessary business and interpersonal skills to succeed in the job market, including leadership, listening, team membership and communication skills.  During the final semester, students will experience practical on-the-job training to practice, reinforce and review program competencies.  All required courses of the program must be completed, including a minimum of 15 semester hours of general education courses.

Note: Students planning to continue their education toward a bachelor’s degree at a transfer institution should enroll in the Academic Transfer Program.

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Accounting

The Mid-Plains Community College  Associate of Applied Science in Business with an emphasis in Accounting program prepares students for various entry-level positions in the field of accounting. Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to perform all steps in the accounting cycle for business entities, compute and record amounts arising from representative transactions unique to partnerships or corporations, analyze financial statements, recognize potential problem areas, and suggest appropriate actions to alleviate or eliminate problems, prepare a federal income tax return and other tax forms for individuals including the person who is operating the business a a single proprietorship, record representative cost accounting transactions and subsequently reflect the effect of these transactions in appropriate financial statements, prepare financial forecasts based on information from both internal and external sources, prepare cash budgets, production budgets and subsequent variance reports, demonstrate efficient utilization of appropriate accounting software, and apply basic economic principles in the business decision-making process.

Agribusiness

The Mid-Plains Community College Associate of Applied Science in Business with an emphasis in Agribusiness program will give you the skills necessary to work in a variety of agricultural-related businesses. The program encompasses the technologies of agriculture and business, management and production. Upon graduation, you will be prepared to start your career in a wide variety of ag-related business environments. Agribusiness uses technology to coordinate all activities that contribute to production, processing, marketing, distribution, financing and development of agricultural commodities.

Business Administration

The Mid-Plains Community College  Associate of Applied Science in Business with an emphasis in Business Administration program is designed to prepare students for a career in business administration. The program will prepare students in the fundamentals, principles, techniques and skills essential to theory and effective practice of business.

The program is designed to combine the business fundamentals of marketing, fiance, communication and management into a unique education that is useful in a variety of business and industry settings as they relate in the local, regional and global marketplace. Graduates of this program should have the skills necessary to step into the business field in such areas as banking, sales and marketing, insurance, finance management, office supervision and real estate.

General management focuses on careers that plan, organize, direct and evaluate all or part of a business organization through the allocation and use of financial, human, and material resources. In some instances additional training may be required for specialized employment.

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 Computer Information Management

The Mid-Plains Community College Associate of Applied Science in Business with an emphasis in Computer Information Management will provide students with a well-rounded education in computer technology and information systems. It is designed to prepare students for wide range of entry-level computer technology careers. Students who choose to earn an AAS degree in Business with a Computer Information Management emphasis can plan on entering a variety of computer related and business professions. Those wishing to pursue this degree should plan to study accounting as well as business-related mathematics, English and writing. It is expected that graduates with this degree will demonstrate skills in business management, input technologies, word processing, spreadsheets and database management computer software packages. Business Computer Information Management provides a bridge between business processes/initiatives and IT. Employees in this area help to align business and IT goals.

Entrepreneurship

The Mid-Plains Community College  Associate of Applied Science in Business with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship will prepare students to develop the insight needed to create entrepreneurial opportunities and have the necessary skills to manage them after development. Upon completion, graduates should have the knowledge and skills needed to assess new enterprise opportunities, obtain financial resources, market and start new ventures, and manage entrepreneurial ventures for growth and profitability. Individuals who already own and operate their own businesses will have the background necessary to upgrade skills and broaden their business foundation.

Events Management

The Mid-Plains Community College Associate of Applied Science in Business with an emphasis in Event Management will provide you with the challenging and detail-oriented profession of event planning and organization.  Event Management is about creating experiences for clients, guests, event attendees, customers and event organizers. From special events, meetings, trade shows, entertainment, sports management and large-scale corporate events, event management majors build a foundation for an exciting variety of business-oriented careers. 

Logistics/Materials Management

The Mid-Plains Community College  Associate of Applied Science in Business with an emphasis in Logistics/Materials Management is designed to prepare you to manage and coordinate all logistical functions in an enterprise. Logistics includes instruction in acquisitions and purchasing, inventory control, storage and handling, just-in-time manufacturing, logistics planning, shipping and delivery management, transportation, quality control, resource estimation and allocation, and budgeting. Graduates will have the required foundation in procurement and logistics to manage the flow of material through the supply chain in local, regional or global marketplace.

Marketing

The Mid-Plains Community College  Associate of Applied Science in Business with an emphasis in Marketing will provide students with a clear understanding of current approaches to sales and marketing. As a graduate, you will have a solid foundation of sales and marketing theory, marketing strategies, advertising design, and layout, as well as effective techniques in sales. You will gain the technical and professional skills important for a successful career. You will develop not only proficiencies requires for marketing arena, but you’ll have the understanding of sound business principles. The Marketing Custer includes career opportunities whose processes create, communicate, and deliver value to customers and manage customer relationships in ways that benefit the organization and its stakeholders.

Nonprofit Management

The Mid-Plains Community College Associate of Applied Science in Business with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management will provide you with a clear understanding of the role and responsibilities of nonprofits and those who serve in them.  As a graduate, you will have a solid foundation of nonprofit theory, strategies, fundraising, working with boards and staff, managing volunteers and accomplishing missions.  You will gain the technical and professional skills important for a successful career.  You will develop not only proficiencies required to be successful in the nonprofit arena, but you will have the understanding of sound business principles and learn to implement those principles to expand your mission and your impact.

Sports & Recreation Management

The Mid-Plains Community College Associate of Applied Science in Business with an emphasis in Sports and Recreation Management will provide you with a clear understanding of the role and responsibilities of sports management.  As a graduate you will have a solid management foundation to apply to sports management, financial and economic principles as they apply to sports management, legal and ethical issues within the industry.

Program Objectives

  • Perform tasks related to entry level employment in a business setting.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of personal and work characteristics that contribute to effective job performance.
  • Use effective communication skills appropriate to the business field.
  • Apply the theory of technical specialization to entry level employment in a business setting.
  • Use mathematical data and reasoning skills in relation to entry level employment in a business setting.

Employment Opportunities

The Associate of Applied Science Degree is intended for students seeking employment immediately following graduation. Opportunities exist in retailing, management, accounting, marketing, sales, and computer information management. Anyone considering self-employment would also benefit from the coursework required for the AAS Degree in Business.

Gainful Employment Information

Accounting Certificate

Agribusiness Certificate

Business Administration Certificate

Computer Information Management Certificate

Entrepreneurship Certificate

Events Management Certificate

Leadership Certificate

Nonprofit Management Certificate

Sports Management Certificate

Electives

Course work in business, foreign language, economics, real estate, psychology, sociology, government, composition, statistics, information technology, and cultural diversity would complement the business program. Please see the list of electives at the end of this section.

Note: Students planning to continue their education toward a bachelor’s degree at a transfer institution should enroll in the Academic Transfer Program.