Clark College received approval last week from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities to offer and begin an applied management baccalaureate program staring in January of next year.

The college received approval earlier this year from the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, as stated in a press release.

The bachelor of applied science in applied management is a two-year, career-oriented degree that combines technical, academic, and professional management courses. The 90-credit program prepares technically skilled graduates – those with an Associate in Applied Science or Associate in Applied Technology degree – to enter their respective career fields with a four-year bachelor's degree that provides the managerial knowledge and expertise to meet industry demand.

Sample courses include foundations of management, social media in business, organizational communication, organizational behavior, operations and logistics, and an applied management internship.

“This program is ideal for students with an AAS or AAT degree who are looking to move ahead in their careers, take on managerial positions in their organizations, or have the skills to operate their own businesses,” said Patti Serrano, BASAM Program Director and professor at Clark College. “We have heard the demands from local businesses for this program, as well as from working adults who are seeking a bachelor’s program that fits with their schedules.”

Clark College is now accepting applications for students interested in joining the first program cohort. The cohort is limited to 35 students, and classes will begin January 2017. Courses will be offered through online and face-to-face evening formats.

 Clark College is located in Vancouver’s Central Park, with about 14,000 students per quarter.

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