2015 - 2016 Combined Catalogs of the Colleges

Program: Small Business Academy
Degree Plan: Small Business Academy Certificate

Gainful Employment Information

(Level I Certificate)

El Centro only

  • Students pursuing this certificate are waived from the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards, but must meet course prerequisites.
  • Students must earn at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by the college awarding the degree.

Degree Plan Code: C1.SMALL.BUS.ACAD.04

This is a 22 semester credit hour Level I Certificate Program in entrepreneurship. The program is designed to teach foundational business competencies which will provide learners with the knowledge and practical skills to plan, start and run their own business.

Coursework in Accounting, Business Law and Computer Information Systems enhance the emphasized skills in entrepreneurship; life skills, opportunity identification, opportunity evaluation, and opportunity realization. Instruction focuses on such topics as financial feasibility, products and services, marketing, operations legal and ethical issues, and attracting customers. Students will keep journals, make oral presentations and construct a business plan which they can apply in their own community.



BUSG 2309 Small Business Management/Entrepreneurship 3
ACCT 2301 Principles of Financial Accounting OR 3
ACNT 1303 Introduction to Accounting I (3)


BUSG 1315 Small Business Operations 3
BMGT 2309 Leadership 3
MRKG 1311 Principles of Marketing 3
BUSI 2301 Business Law 3


HRPO 2301 Human Resources Management 3
Minimum Hours Required 21

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four-year institution should consult an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements and the transferability of these courses to the four-year institution of their choice.

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