Entrepreneurial Studies

Entrepreneurial Studies

Learn how to launch a successful company and develop, pitch, and execute new products or business ideas. Build your skills in an accelerated format and acquire the tools needed to research an opportunity, evaluate its financial feasibility, study the competition, assess different business models and take action!

The Entrepreneurial Studies program at SCC is a set of interdisciplinary classes that will help you learn how to take your plan from idea to business formation and beyond. Whether you envision a large or small, public or private, for-profit or non-profit company, the skills learned in the entrepreneurship classes are critical factors in the future success of your business.

What is entrepreneurship? Being an entrepreneur isn’t what you are; it’s who you are. It’s a philosophy and belief in your ability to grow something from an idea, to a startup, and into a thriving company.

There are two levels of certificates for this program. Level I (10 credits) is designed to provide students with an introduction to the entrepreneurial process. Courses include an overview of entrepreneurship, raising capital, business start-up opportunities, building financial security, and writing a basic business plan. [Note: The Level I certificate alone is NOT eligible for Federal Financial Aid. In order to receive aid, you must also sign up to complete the Level II certificate.]

Level II (an additional 8 credits) is designed to provide students with the necessary skills, knowledge, and abilities to start and run their own business. Courses include new venture legal issues, financial projections, and market research to determine business feasibility. It also covers management skills and entrepreneurial thinking for owning and operation a small business. [Note: You must earn the Certificate of Completion in Entrepreneurial Studies Level I before starting on Level II.]

Program Code

5819N Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Entrepreneurial Studies Level I

Transfer Options

This program does NOT transfer into a business degree program at a university. To pursue a bachelor’s degree in business, please follow the Business University Transfer (ABUS) program.

Career and Employment Outlook

The career outlook for entrepreneurs and business owner is always very bright, as the U.S. economy heavily depends on business startups and small business.

The salary range for people who own their own business can range dramatically depending on the size and success of the business. In addition, people who earn degrees in entrepreneurship can work for other organizations.

Job titles associate with entrepreneurial studies include:

  • Business Owner (entrepreneur)
  • General Manager
  • Human Resource Managers
  • Operations Managers
  • Store Manager

*Source: Occupational Information Network (O*NET) at https://www.onetonline.org.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

  • Business internships
  • DECA (student business association with professional development opportunities)
  • Service learning and volunteerism

Program Contacts and Info

Mark Barton, Program Director
Office: BUS 130
Phone: (480) 425-6913
mark.barton@scottsdalecc.edu

Sue Sandblom, Department Chair
Office: BUS 126
Phone: (480) 425-6792
susan.sandblom@scottsdalecc.edu

Brenda Lawson, Division Secretary
Office: BUS 121
Phone: (480) 423-6253
brenda.lawson@scottsdalecc.edu

Program Notes:

Set up an advising meeting by emailing mark.barton@scottsdalecc.edu