Program Overview

The 22-credit Business certificate at Riverland Community College meets the needs of those currently employed in the field, those individuals who want to change careers, or those who want to enter the business field. The certificate provides a concentration of business courses for individuals interested in increasing or updating their business knowledge. The credits earned in the Business certificate also apply toward the completion of the Associate in Arts (AA) Business Emphasis or Associate in Science (AS) Business degrees.

This curriculum is designed to provide a strong foundation for business fundamentals. Emphasis is placed on business technology along with management and marketing. Students may select from a variety of Business electives: business law, communications, international business, management information systems, and personal finance to meet their individual and professional needs.

A student successfully completing this certificate will be able to apply critical thinking processes to ethically analyze and evaluate business situations, demonstrate the ability to use application software, technology, and other resources to research, analyze, and integrate data to solve business problems, demonstrate knowledge in critical business areas including management, marketing, and the legal and regulatory environment, and prepare and present oral, written and group materials that inform, persuade, and influence others.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    Riverland Community College is an institution located in Austin, Minnesota, and is part of the larger Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System. RCC was founded in 1940 as Austin Junior College. The school later changed its name to Austin Area Vocational-Technical School to match the technology-oriented academics offered at the institution. The title Riverland Community College was established in 1996 because of its merge with different schools in the region. Today the public, two-year college maintains campuses in Albert Lea and Owatonna, in addition to the Austin site, and promotes its mission as “a regional comprehensive community college inspiring learning for living through a personalized educational environment.”

    Riverland Community College offers career technical training and associate’s degrees. More than 350 Riverland courses are offered online or through hybrid formatting, and several programs are offered completely online.


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