To Succeed in Business, a Foundation is Essential

Are you looking to obtain a strong business foundation? Do you have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)? Have you completed English Grade 12 C or U or equivalent, or skills assessment and Math Grade 11 C, M or U, or Grade 12 C or U or equivalent or skills assessment. If you answered 'yes' to these questions, you may want to consider the two-year Business program at Centennial College, which familiarizes students with everything from international business concepts to human resources and marketing. These business fundamentals are essential for entry-level positions in the field and as a base for further, more specific study. "It's a more general view of studying business," says Angelina of the Business program. "I would say it's good for those who are yet undecided on which major they want to go into or which topic interests them the most. Over the two years, you will definitely come to know what your major is and what you are good at. It will make it easier to decide what you want to go into."

The offering is facilitated out of Progress Campus, the largest of Centennial College's campuses. This location houses other business programs, allowing students to interact with their business peers and network with industry professionals. This particular business program focuses on the development of mathematical, computing, analytical and communication skills. Further emphasis is placed on a solid grounding in the contemporary concepts, theories and business practices, related to all the functional areas of the business enterprise. A team of professors with strong academic backgrounds and extensive business and management experience lead the Business program, which offers technology-supported learning, in and out of the classroom. In addition to learning the latest business technology, students also participate in teamwork, undertake case analyses and pursue directed research on an individual basis. Lastly, they are exposed to contemporary business practices. Specific courses within the Business program include: Strategies for Business Success, Fundamentals of Business, Microcomputer Applications Software, Mathematics of Finance, Financial Accounting, Business Operations, Business Communications, International Business Concepts, Principles of Marketing and more.

In addition of their business fundamentals school work, students will develop a portfolio documenting their engagement with the College's Global Citizenship and Equity Institute that is meant to bring together research and activities related to global citizenship and social justice education at the College.

Students of the business fundamentals program must have a minimum C grade average and an overall GPA of 2.0. Once they graduate, students are able to pursue a career or, if eligible, participate in articulated programs with selected universities, institutes and professional associations. These partnerships allow students to apply credits earned at Centennial College towards further study at other institutions, including Royal Roads University, Griffith University, Davenport University, and University of New Brunswick.

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