Whether you’re trying to advance in your career or start your own business, management requires a complex set of skills: Leadership, communication, budgeting, and a broad understanding of business practices. It’s not something anyone learns overnight. But at Clark College, it is something students can learn in as little as two years. But at Clark College, it is something students can learn in as little as two years.
Launched in 2017, the Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Management (BASAM) degree is designed for people looking to start a business or get into a management position. It is designed to “stack” on top of the sort of two-year associate degree that community colleges are known for, creating graduates with both the technical skills of their chosen field and the management skills to lead others and run a business.
“They can come from all sorts of degree paths—maybe they earned their associate in cuisine management or early childhood education or automotive,” said Dr. Adnan Hamideh, chair of the college’s business division. “They can apply for this program, take a few prerequisite courses, and in two years get their bachelor’s.”
The program is accepting applications for its next cohort of students, who will start in the fall. Students tend to stay in the same group throughout the program, which helps them build relationships and support systems. Each cohort has roughly 25 to 30 students.
All of the students in the program have successfully completed a two-year associate degree from Clark or another community college before applying for admission to the program. Some of them are returning to Clark after working in their field for a while, preparing themselves to be good candidates for promotion into management. Others move straight into the BASAM program. from their associate degree so they can get started on their ambitions as soon as they’re out of school.