What Our Students Learn
- Manage or work in a small office setting
- Assist in preparing tax returns, acquire accounting skills, and prepare payroll
- Learn marketing and entrepreneurship skills
- Computer and e-commerce skills
- Operate software to prepare spreadsheets and reports
- Entry level salaries start at $47,000 and up
- Median salary is $83,000
- 10% of workers earn $142,000 or more
- Students spend 50% of their time learning concepts in a classroom, and 50% of their time with hands-on practical work
- Students gain their Tax-Preparer certification as part of the curriculum
- An internship is built in to the curriculum
- Enrollment options are available for both high school students and post-secondary students
- 1 year of classes
Accredited Certificate Courses (28 credits)
All credits earned at Pickens technical college are recognized by the Colorado Community College System (CCCS), and are eligible for transfer to other colleges within the state of Colorado.
Focuses on the operation of the American business system. Covers fundamentals of the economy, careers and opportunities, marketing, management, production, governmental regulations, tools of business and social responsibilities.
Meets the individual needs of students. Students engage in intensive study or research under the direction of a qualified instructor.
In the course, the student will gain insights essential for marketing their entrepreneurial venture utilizing innovative and financially responsible marketing strategies. Students will develop an understanding of traditional and non-traditional entrepreneurial marketing strategies. Prepare marketing strategies with associated tactics to launch and sustain an entrepreneurial venture.
Provides an in-depth study of the US monetary system, the role of banks as financial intermediaries, and the types of financing. Includes international financial markets and international financial instruments used in importing and exporting, analysis of stock and bond values, the role and process of the stock and bond markets and the derivative marketplace. Enables the student to produce a cash budget, analyze financial statements including all financial ratios used in credit analysis, and determine capital requirements and financing arrangements.
Discusses behavior and identifies what is ethical and appropriate behavior and what is not. This course will identify the roll of integrity, character, honesty, self-control, self-sacrifice, and core values in developing ethical and effective behavior in the workplace.
Studies the principles and techniques of supervising and motivating personnel. This course is designed for students who are interested in supervising others or for those currently in supervision. Course content focuses on the human interaction in supervision.
Examines the elements necessary for the successful formation of a new small business. It is also designed to enhance the skills of those already involved in the operation of a small business. The course includes the development of a complete small business plan.
Introduces the development of web pages using structured design to document layout. This course provides the student with hands on, practical application in creating and maintaining a web page for small business owners. May include such concepts as, web page layout, text manipulation hyperlinks, graphics, graphics formats, data tables and file downloading requirements, development of the basic marketing plan, defining your market, listing your page with search engines, and working with multimedia and the web site.
What to Expect From Our Program
Our small business management program is designed to prepare students for work in an office environment and focuses on the fundamentals of computer skills, entrepreneurship, and e-commerce. Moreover, our students have the chance to gain experience with small business financial management. At the end of our program, students earn a small business management certificate. This course of study is an excellent option if you plan to pursue an associate degree in business or a four-year business administration degree in the future.
The following certificate may be earned:
Small Business Management Certificate