Business Programs

Business Administration, AS – With an associate’s degree in business administration, graduates are eligible for a variety of entry-level to middle-management positions at various organizations. These may include wholesale and retail stores, service organizations, financial agencies, banks, large businesses, and government agencies. Students select one of the following specializations: management, insurance, healthcare administration, and marketing. Salaries vary based on the area of specialization and the industry.

Business Operational Management, AS – This program is designed for graduates of Ridge Technical College and Traviss Technical College who have completed a program of 900 clock hours or more. The program prepares graduates to move into supervisory or management roles in their chosen technical field. Eligible students are awarded 15 credits toward the technical skills portion of the degree. Estimated potential earnings with an associate’s degree in business operational management vary depending upon industry and experience.

Accounting Technology, AS – There is a steady demand for skilled accounting professionals in both for-profit and non-profit organizations. Entry-level positions are available in receivables, payables, payroll and auditing in all types of organizations. The program is also of value to the small business owner. Estimated potential earnings with an associate’s degree in accounting technology have a median salary of $45,560

Hospitality and Tourism Management, AS – Through the Hospitality and Tourism Management program, students are prepared for employment in a managerial position in the hospitality industry. The program can also provide supplemental training for an individual who has been or is currently employed in this field. The sequence of courses provides coherent, in-depth content aligned with the relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare the graduate for further education or an immediate career within various sectors of the Hospitality and Tourism industry.  The program curriculum equips students with the skills necessary for jobs in food service, event planning, and hotel/resort management. The program culminates in a capstone course or internship where students can directly apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the program.

Supply Chain Management, AS – The supply chain management program at Polk State College incorporates the newest technology and state-of-the-art equipment in preparing students to work in this exciting career field. Supply chain management graduates work in diverse areas such as strategic sourcing and supply management, project management, purchasing and inventory management, production planning and scheduling, logistics and distribution management, and quality management.

Graduates from the above programs can continue their education with Polk State College’s Bachelor of Applied Science. The degree provides individuals the opportunity to build upon foundational skills attained through associate-level study by completing upper-division coursework in management and leadership practices.