Entrepreneurship

AAS degree – Code #1362

James Grillo, Program Coordinator

Email address: grillojj@alfredstate.edu

This program of study is designed to prepare the recent high school graduate, vocational student, displaced worker, or individual who is re-entering the work force for a career as a small business owner. Over the next decade, much of the growth in the American economy will come from the start-up and growth of small business. Many ask whether entrepreneurship can truly be taught or whether it is an innate characteristic. Research has shown that entrepreneurship is a process and many aspects of entrepreneurship are learned behaviors. Alfred State will teach the student those skills and behavior patterns necessary to contribute to personal and business success. Courses in accounting, sales, advertising, management, small business operations, leadership, and problem solving, as well as two courses in entrepreneurship will be taught in addition to the more traditional liberal arts and business courses. One of the key success factors of entrepreneurship is planning, definitely a learned skill. Our program offers two specific courses in entrepreneurship: the first to develop a feasibility plan to evaluate and explore ideas, as well as a general overview of general business foundations; the second to develop a viable individualized business plan which will be used both as a map for success, as well as a document students could use as a financing proposal (a real-life simulation project with cooperating businesses in town). Extensive use of guest speakers, experts in various aspects of small business, will be used in both these classes.

A laptop computer is recommended, but not required, for students entering the Entrepreneurship program. The college will provide a list of appropriate laptops to all students who have been accepted to attend Alfred State.

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

DIRECT ENTRY INTO BACCALAUREATE DEGREE PROGRAM

Alfred State Entrepreneurship graduates may enter directly into either the Business Administration BBA or Technology Management BBA degree program.

TRANSFER OPPORTUNITIES

Students may transfer directly into one of our own BBA programs or to another college to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

OCCUPATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS

Employment and transfer rate: 100 percent transferred to continue their education.

RELATED PROGRAMS

Accounting

Business Management (Career)

Business Administration

Business Administration (Transfer)

Marketing

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

Required: Algebra

Recommended: Geometry, Algebra 2/Trigonometry