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Business, Management, Administration, Finance and Marketing

Get a great start here in an exciting, fast-paced business field, then go straight into the workforce or continue your education at a four-year school.

Our programs feature world-class instructors, and industry standard topics, software and equipment.

Business, Management, Administration, Finance and Marketing
 

You can quickly earn a high demand career in business, administration, management, finance or marketing, because you will have the real world skills employers are looking for! Add to that more than 30 individual scholarships, just for Kirkwood students in business related programs.

 

 
Administrative Assistant

Administrative Management
2-year AAS degree
Potential Careers: Administrative assistant, executive assistant

Become a member of the executive team in today’s fast-paced business environment. Our degree includes in-depth instruction in computer applications (word processing, desktop publishing, multimedia) and essential workplace soft skills (teamwork, project development, problem-solving).

 

 
Apparel Merchandising

Apparel Merchandising
2-year AAS degree
Potential Careers: Fashion sales/buyer, visual merchandiser

The Apparel Merchandising non-transfer plan of study is designed to provide students with fashion knowledge, sales, managerial and supervisory skills necessary for immediate involvement in the area of retailing. The program incorporates a supervised internship in a retail establishment and annual fashion show to provide opportunities to learn outside the classroom.

Credits earned in the Apparel Merchandising transfer plan of study are fully transferable to Iowa State University. Two additional years of study at ISU will earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Apparel, Merchandising, and Design, which will prepare students for corporate positions.

This program is accredited by ACBSP (Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs). ACBSP is the leading specialized accreditation association for business education supporting, celebrating and rewarding teaching excellence.

 

 
Business Administration

Business Administration: Transfer Program
2-year AAS degree
Potential Careers: Data analytics, Entrepreneurship

Transfer track to the Henry B. Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa. The Business Administration program prepares students for careers in diverse areas of business and is based on a strong foundation of business and general education courses. Upon completion of the program, students may choose to transfer to the Henry B. Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa or go directly into the workforce with a marketable credential. Transfer options to other Iowa 4-year colleges may also be an option.

 

 
Business Administration: Accounting

Business Administration: Accounting
2-year AAS degree
Potential Careers: Accounting clerk, cost accounting

Kirkwood Community College offers several options for students interested in accounting careers. This program provides students with the background they need to enter entry-level positions in general accounting, cost accounting, tax, credit or other specialized areas of financial accounting and financial reporting.

This program is accredited by ACBSP (Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs). ACBSP is the leading specialized accreditation association for business education supporting, celebrating and rewarding teaching excellence.

 

 
Business Administration - Financial Services

Business Administration: Financial Services
2-year AAS degree
Potential Careers: Financial advisor, personal banker

The Financial Services program is designed for students seeking careers with financial institutions and for those already in financial institutions wishing to attain advanced positions. This program provides an internship opportunity to give students real-world experience.

This program is accredited by ACBSP (Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs). ACBSP is the leading specialized accreditation association for business education supporting, celebrating and rewarding teaching excellence.



 
Business Administration - Management

Business Administration: Management
2-year AAS degree  |  Online degree option available
Potential Careers: Front line to middle-level management, small business owner

The Management program provides an extensive selection of introductory, advanced, general and technical management courses. The degree is designed for someone who would like to develop management skills for career advancement.
 
This program offers many management electives and general electives to provide students the opportunity to take courses that fit their specific needs. Certificate options are available for students who want to specialize in human resources, project management, entrepreneurship, social media, global perspectives, technical accounting, retail marketing, and sales.
 
Online Option: 100 percent of this program can be taken online.

 

 
Business Administration - Marketing

Business Administration: Marketing Management
2-year AAS degree
Potential Careers: Sales, store manager

Marketing promotes profitable exchanges in goods and services across all sectors - from solo entrepreneurs to small businesses, from global corporations to non-profits. Effective marketing allows essentially every kind of organization to grow and prosper allowing vast employment opportunities. It's the marketing professional's job to create, manage and enhance brands. To some, this is a scary time to be in marketing, as the very foundation of how we communicate with customers is being disrupted by the Internet and social media. Today they're just a few clicks away on your Facebook page, Twitter profile or Instagram feed. Marketing can even lead to better communities, locally and across the globe. These fields need professionals with a strong initiative and spirit of competition. Successful students also exhibit strong entrepreneurial, problem solving and interpersonal skills.

Through this program, students have the opportunity to earn certificates in Retail, Sales and Social Media Marketing.

 

 
Liberal Arts - Commnications Media Public Relations

Liberal Arts - Communications Media/Public Relations
Get ready for an exciting and fast-paced career in the media! Choose from any of these areas:

  • Journalist
  • Media account executive
  • Media buyer
  • Media layout designer
  • Media writer
  • Photo communicator
  • Public relations<
  • Radio announcer/operator
  • Radio/TV news reporter
  • TV production assistant

Combine a strong arts and sciences core with specific professional courses so you’re prepared to pursue a four-year degree. Complete both theoretical and practical course work. Be published in the Communiqué student newspaper or work for Kirkwood Student Productions (KSP) in TV news or videography.

 

 
Interior Design

Interior Design
2-year AAS degree
Potential Careers: Interior designer, residential retail sales

Interior Designers are creative business professionals who have the ability to innovatively solve design problems functionally and aesthetically while also improving the overall health, safety, and welfare of users through design.

The Interior Design program prepares and equips students to practice and serve the community by providing education and training in residential design, commercial design, sustainability, and other areas of specialization in the field of interior design.

This highly interactive program is taught with a student centered approach within a positive and respectful learning environment. Students are provided with a combination of classroom projects, hands on training, and classroom instruction that emphasizes ethical, creative, technical, and responsible problem solving through design. Students study all areas of interior design including but not limited to: Residential Design, Commercial Design, Hospitality Design, Product Design, Sustainable Design, Historical Design, Photoshop, SketchUp, and Revit.

Students also learn professional practice concepts and are able to apply those concepts towards assembling a portfolio and resume which are then used to obtain an internship in the field of interior design. Additionally, students have the option of attending numerous field trips to major urban cities such as Chicago, Minneapolis, Kansas City and more. Other national and international trips are open to students at various times throughout the year.

 

 
Restaurant Management

Restaurant Management
2-year AAS degree
Potential Careers: Restaurant manager, hotel/resort dining services

In addition to management and food service techniques that you’ll learn as part of the staff of The Class Act Restaurant, your instruction also will cover nutrition, purchasing, sanitation, computers, human relations and some of the legal aspects of the hospitality industry. This program prepares students for entry-level management positions.

During your last semester, you’ll put your training to work by planning, preparing and serving at catered events at The Kirkwood Center. Students are required to purchase professional uniforms and tools to use when in labs and kitchens.

This program is fully accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission. You’ll have the opportunity to earn nationally recognized certification upon completion of the program.

 

 
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