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The mission of the Sierra College Business Department is to provide a quality business education that prepares students for educational and career success.

Engaged in principles, theories, and practices of leadership and management, the Business student prepares to enter the worlds of commerce and public administration or to transfer as a junior to a university. In management and general business courses one learns about the behavior of organizations and of the skills for effective leadership, decision-making, and administration. More specialized courses include accounting, law and mathematics in business, the fundamentals of profitable investing, methods of marketing goods and services, or the principles and practice of real estate.

We offer many different degree or certificate programs for you to choose from.

Want to get an internship or a job?

Students are encouraged to register in and use Sierra Job Link to connect with local employers for jobs and internships. This service is free to both employers and students and an excellent way to find out about many types of career opportunities. Students can also post resumes, track their job leads and also be apprised of other career-related events both on and off-campus. More information on the Career Connections web pages.

Business Administration for Transfer

AS-T Degree

Business Administration is designed to provide a broad knowledge of the functional areas of a business while developing managerial skills, communication skills, technical abilities and decision-making capability. Students will analyze and critically evaluate information to solve business problems, evaluate and use appropriate technology in the changing business environment, analyze ethical and social issues in business situations and make business and economic decisions that reflect professional responsibility.

The Associate in Science in Business Administration for Transfer degree (AS-T) prepares students to transfer into the CSU system to complete a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or a major deemed similar by a CSU campus. Students earning an associate degree for transfer and meeting the CSU minimum transfer admission requirements are guaranteed admission with junior standing to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. Upon transfer, students will be required to complete no more than 60 additional prescribed units to earn a bachelor’s degree.

To earn the Associate in Science in Business Administration for Transfer degree, students must complete 60 CSU-transferable semester units with a minimum grade point average of 2.0, including both of the following:

The exact wording of the law pertaining to associate degrees for transfer may be found in Education Code Section 66746.

It is highly recommended that, prior to transferring, students complete courses that satisfy the CSU United States History, Constitution and American Ideals graduation requirement. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.

RESTRICTION: International coursework from non-United States regionally accredited institutions cannot be applied to associate degrees for transfer.

Degree Paths

Accounting

A.A. or A.S. Degree and/or Certificate

Successful completion of the curriculum in accounting prepares students for positions as accounting clerks, bookkeepers, payroll clerks or entry-level accountants. For the degree, students must fulfill the following major requirements with grades of “C” or better, complete a minimum of 60 degree-applicable semester units (12 of which must be completed at Sierra College) with a grade point average of at least 2.0 and complete one of the following three general education patterns:

A certificate is designed to provide career technical skills; it is not equivalent to an associate degree.

Accounting Gainful Employment Information

Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship

AA or AS Degree and/or Certificate of Achievement

(formerly Business Entrepreneurship)

This degree provides foundational business skills for entrepreneurs in any discipline and is fully customizable to fit students’ goals. Students receive classroom learning mixed with apprenticeships and internships to help them launch new ventures. The program offers a robust core of business classes for those interested in starting a business with an opportunity to focus on managing capital. Students completing this program will have a solid understanding of accounting practices for their enterprise. In addition, students will identify and design sustainable, socially-minded business opportunities. For the degree, students must fulfill the following major requirements with grades of “C” or better, complete a minimum of 60 degree-applicable semester units (12 of which must be completed at Sierra College) with a grade point average of at least 2.0 and complete one of the following three general education patterns:

A certificate is designed to provide career technical skills; it is not equivalent to an associate degree.

Business Entrepreneurship Gainful Employment Information

General Business

A.A. or A.S. Degree and/or Certificate

Successful completion of the curriculum in general business prepares students for entry-level positions in business. For the degree, students must fulfill the following major requirements with grades of “C” or better, complete a minimum of 60 degree-applicable semester units (12 of which must be completed at Sierra College) with a grade point average of at least 2.0 and complete one of the following three general education patterns:

A certificate is designed to provide career technical skills; it is not equivalent to an associate degree.

This program can now be completed online, check the Schedule of Classes.

General Business Gainful Employment Information

Management

A.A. or A.S. Degree and/or Certificate

The curriculum in Management prepares students for entry-level management positions. For the degree, students must fulfill the following major requirements with grades of “C” or better, complete a minimum of 60 degree-applicable semester units (12 of which must be completed at Sierra College) with a grade point average of at least 2.0 and complete one of the following three general education patterns:

A certificate is designed to provide career technical skills; it is not equivalent to an associate degree.

Management Gainful Employment Information

Marketing

A.A. or A.S. Degree and/or Certificate

The curriculum in Marketing prepares students for positions as salespersons, business persons, merchandisers and marketing managers. For the degree, students must fulfill the following major requirements with grades of “C” or better, complete a minimum of 60 degree-applicable semester units (12 of which must be completed at Sierra College) with a grade point average of at least 2.0 and complete one of the following three general education patterns:

A certificate is designed to provide career technical skills; it is not equivalent to an associate degree.

Marketing Gainful Employment Information

Real Estate

A.A. or A.S. Degree and/or Certificate

The curriculum in Real Estate provides individuals with the technical knowledge and academic background to be competitive in the real estate industry. Successful coursework completion allows individuals to sit for the California Real Estate Salesperson Examination. (For up-to-date licensing requirements refer to the California Department of Real Estate at http://dre.ca.gov.) Career opportunities in real estate and related occupations include real estate salesperson, loan processor, property manager and escrow and title officer. For the degree, students must fulfill the following major requirements with grades of “C” or better, complete a minimum of 60 degree-applicable semester units (12 of which must be completed at Sierra College) with a grade point average of at least 2.0 and complete one of the following three general education patterns:

A certificate is designed to provide career technical skills; it is not equivalent to an associate degree.

Real Estate Gainful Employment Information

Online Programs

Small Business Bookkeeping

Skills Certificate

The Small Business Bookkeeping curriculum prepares students to be bookkeepers for small to mid-sized businesses. This skills certificate also provides a foundation for students to run a bookkeeping business. A skills certificate is designed to provide career technical skills; it is not equivalent to an associate degree.
Bookkeepers wages have grown at 8% with wages ranging from $18 to $37/hr.

Payroll Professional

Skills Certificate

The Payroll Professional skills certificate prepares students to become certified and work in the payroll field for small and large organizations or as entrepreneurs within the bookkeeping profession. This certificate also provides a foundation for students to become employed as a payroll professional and obtain the Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) credential. A skills certificate is designed to provide career technical skills; it is not equivalent to an associate degree. Become certified in one year.
Payroll positions with an industry certification are expected to grow 8% with wages estimated at $28.45/hr. 

Payroll Certifications:
FPC-Fundamental Payroll Certification
CPP-Certified Payroll Professional (with 3 years experience in the industry)

Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs)

  • Communication: Communicate effectively in written and oral forms.
  • Business Problems: Analyze and critically evaluate information to solve a variety of business problems.
  • Technology and Information Competency: Evaluate and use appropriate technology in the changing business environment.
  • Business Knowledge: Display competency in the functional area of business related to the student's certificate or degree.
  • Citizenship: Analyze ethical and social issues and make business decisions that reflect professional responsibility.
  • Accounting, A.A. or A.S. Degree and/or Certificate of Achievement
  • Discuss accounting theory related to the conceptual framework and demonstrate an understanding of accounting terminology and theory through the application of generally accepted accounting principles.
  • Prepare basic financial statements and communicate their value to both internal and external users.
  • Demonstrate competency of fundamental accounting principles using computer based accounting software.
  • Demonstrate effective written and communication skills through research of accounting topics and incorporate basic math skills to interpret and analyze both quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Determine an ethical course of action in response to ethical dilemmas in accounting.
  • Business Entrepreneurship, A.A. or A.S. Degree and/or Certificate of Achievement
  • Develop a market ready business plan.
  • Assess the risks of starting a business.
  • Assess financing opportunities.
  • Analyze ethical and social issues in starting and operating a business and make business decisions that reflect professional responsibility.
  • Evaluate and use appropriate technology for entrepreneurial purposes to respond to the changing business environment.
  • Management, A.A. or A.S. Degree and/or Certificate of Achievement
  • Outline the strategic function of management.
  • Formulate effective ways to deliver feedback to employees to increase engagement.
  • Compare leadership styles and develop individual approach to leading others.
  • Analyze ethical and social issues in management and make business decisions that reflect professional responsibility.
  • Evaluate and use appropriate technology for management purposes to respond to the changing business environment.
  • Marketing, A.A. or A.S. Degree and/or Certificate of Achievement
  • Identify and evaluate target markets.
  • Create and present a marketing, advertising and sales plan.
  • Diagnose organizational problems and recommend marketing solutions.
  • Evaluate and use social media in marketing programs.
  • Evaluate corporate social responsibility practices and propose solutions.

Contact

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Anne Diamond Instructor, Business

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Anne Embree Part-time Instructor, Business

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Asia Larkin Part-time Instructor, Economics

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Brian Martelll Part-time Instructor, Business

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Christian Speck Part-time Instructor, Business

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Christine Karau Instructor, Business Management

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Professor of Management, Sierra College (1998 to current)  M.A. Management, Chapman University, Orange, CA  M.A. Mass... More

Cindy Innocent Snyder Part-time Instructor, Business

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Crystal Langston Part-time Instructor, Business

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Cyndi Dunn Part-time Instructor, CIS

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Dennis Wingate Instructor, Business - Accounting

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Don Carlson Part-time Instructor, Business

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Hugh Pforsich Part-time Instructor, Business

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Indria Gillespie Part-time Instructor, Business

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John Saxton Part-time Instructor, Economics

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Kathleen Gullum Part-time Instructor, Business

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Kelly Montgomery Part-time Instructor, Business

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Kimberly Handy Part-time Instructor, Business

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Larry Davenport Part-time Instructor

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Lynn Malmstrom Part-time Instructor, Accounting

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Michael Reinero Part-time Instructor, Accounting

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Michelle Foster Part-time Instructor, Accounting

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Mike Fischer Part-time Instructor, Accounting

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Panda Morgan Part-time Instructor, Business

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Richard Blumenfeld Part-time Instructor, Business

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Robert Diamond Part-time Instructor, Business

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Robert Litchfield Part-time Instructor, Business

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Robin Matthews Part-time Instructor, Business

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Roger Linn Part-time Instructor, Business

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Roietta Fulgham Part-time Instructor, Business

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Ronald Morris Part-time Instructor, Business

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Stanford Hirata Part-time Instructor, Business

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Stephen Hill Part-time Instructor, Business

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Steve Hurley Part-time Instructor, Business

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Teresa Anderson Part-time Instructor, Business - Accounting

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Thomas Read Instructor, Business/Marketing

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Timothy Kovar Part-Time Business Instructor

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Todd Jensen Instructor, Accounting/Business

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William Whitaker Part-time Instructor, Business

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Yohan Jeong Part-time Instructor, Economics

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Zhicheng Liang Part-time Instructor, Economics

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Barbara Ozzello-Reed Part-time Instructor, Business

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Natasha Palumbo Part-time Instructor, Business, NCC

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Susan Finlay Part-time Instructor, Business

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Frank Coon Part-time Instructor, Business, TT

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Kurt Althof Part-time Instructor, Business

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Kurt Heisinger Full-Time Instructor, Business

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