Business

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The associate degree in business and related business certifications from Elgin Community College provides you with an opportunity to study multiple facets of this growing field. Learn the skills required to meet the demands of business functions and develop a solid foundation of industry knowledge and acumen.

ECC’s Associate of Applied Science in Business degree is a two-year program that prepares you for entry-level employment in today’s ever-changing business world. You will gain insight into business basics, principles of management, concepts of marketing, financial accounting, e-commerce, sales, and global business needs. Additional skills covered in the program include economics, business law, communication concepts, and applications of math for business.

If you’re good at organizing details, thinking efficiently, and streamlining processes, consider ECC’s new Supply Chain Management associate degree and certificate. Supply Chain Management is a high-demand career field comprised of people and businesses that design, procure, manufacture, warehouse, transport, and dispose of goods or services.

Business Certifications

In addition to the two-year Associate of Applied Science in Business degree, you can pursue certifications in Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Retail Management, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and Supervisory and Administrative Management. All of ECC’s certifications emphasize career-readiness and provide preparation for immediate employment.

The option to add a Marketing or Retail Management concentration within the two-year degree provides you with opportunities to study marketing concepts, pricing, advertising, merchandise planning, product planning/development, promotion, and sales techniques.

When you pursue a management concentration, you will study the principles and concepts of business management, develop an understanding of interpersonal skills and how to allocate resources necessary to effectively plan, organize, staff, and lead within an organization.

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Business Certificates

Elgin Community College also offers several basic certificates and vocational certificates in Business, offering focused, in-depth programs of study. All certificates can be completed in 8-12 months.

Careers in Business

Graduates of our associate degree in business and certification programs have found employment in a wide variety of fields and positions, such as:

  • Advertising and Promotions Managers
  • Marketing Managers
  • Sales Managers
  • Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
  • Business Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Chief Executives
  • Chief Sustainability Officers
  • General and Operations Managers
  • Regulatory Affairs Managers
  • Compliance Managers
  • Investment Fund Managers
  • Supply Chain Managers
  • Security Managers
  • Loss Prevention Managers
  • First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers

Guided Transfer Pathway Available

Learn more about a plan ECC offers to guide you toward courses relevant to your interests and based on requirements of certain 4-year institutions. See all Guided Transfer Options.

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Earning an A.A.S. degree or certificate in business at Elgin Community College can set your career in motion.

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