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Skagit Valley College to begin Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Management

Skagit Valley College (SVC) received approval in February 2018 from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), the College’s regional accrediting body, to offer and begin an Applied Management baccalaureate program in September 2018. SVC received approval in October 2017 from the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC).

     The Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Management (BASAM) is a two-year, career-oriented degree designed for Professional/Technical students who have completed an associate’s degree (AAS-T, AAS or ATA). The 90-credit program combines upper level managerial and general education courses to furnish students with occupationally contextualized business skills and general knowledge typically necessary for advancement to managerial-level positions or to operate an entrepreneurial venture. Sample courses include Foundations of Applied Management, Operations Management, Leadership and Organizational Behavior, Marketing for Managers, Principles of Finance, Social Capital and Career Advancement and an Applied Management Internship.

     “The Bachelor in Applied Management degree is flexible, affordable and is designed to accommodate motivated working adults who want to build their management skills and advance professionally,” said Sunaina Virendra, Business Instructor and Interim BAS-AM Director at SVC. “The program curriculum is centered around learning by doing and practical application within the workplace, with an unwavering focus on preparing students to address the opportunities, challenges, and nuances of operating in an increasingly diverse, interconnected, and complex global community.”

     With a focus on excellence, Skagit Valley College aligns its Workforce Education programs with regional and state economic development strategies. By maintaining strong connections with community leaders and key partnerships with business and industry, SVC provides training that responds to employer needs.    

     “We are delighted to add the Applied Management program to the Bachelor degree offerings at Skagit Valley College” said Darren Greeno, Dean of Workforce. “Our other Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Conservation, launched in 2015, is performing above expectations in meeting program learning outcomes around the application of environmental conservation principles in ecological management and preparing students for careers in this field. The addition of a second Bachelor degree broadens the reach of our BAS platform and we believe it will play an important role in serving employer and student needs within the local community.” 

     Applications for the first program cohort will open in March 2018. The priority application period is between April 2 – April 30, 2018. Students interested in the program must attend an information session before applying. The Fall 2018 incoming class is limited to 26 students, and classes will begin Fall Quarter.

     For program information, or to sign up for an information session, please visit www.skagit.edu/basam, or contact Sunaina Virendra, 360-416-7635 or basam@skagit.edu.

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