New accelerated program at Victor Valley College aims to increase students’ employability

A new certificate program at Victor Valley College aims to increase students’ business skills and overall employability in one and a half years or less, college officials say.

“The Accelerated Management Certificate provides students with the opportunity to quickly increase their skills, knowledge and qualifications for employment,” said Dr. Henry Young, VVC’s department chair for business administration and the academic senate president.

Courses for this certificate program can be completed in either accelerated (one and a half years) or super accelerated (one year) durations. It is offered in consecutive eight-week online course modalities, providing “reduced cost and increased flexibility” for students to complete their MNGMT certificate, Young said.

According to course descriptions, a few of the program outcomes include teaching students how to effectively communicate and apply ethical principles in a business environment. Students will also learn to solve business-related mathematical computations, perform financial and microcomputer accounting activities and more.

Brian Quarles, an associate professor of business administration at VVC, said the new program provides students with “three critical benefits”: a time-saving competitive advantage, flexibility and marketable skills.

“The accelerated modality saves students time and offers them a competitive advantage to attain actionable skills sooner than students in longer certificate programs,” Quarles said. “The program also provides them the flexibility to complete either of the certificates completely online to accommodate work-life challenges.”

Lastly, the program is meant to prepare students to “further a career, find another job or start a business,” Quarles said.

Since it’s a “cohort model” program, students who enroll will move through a sequence of classes together with their same classmates. The first cohort officially begins this Fall, with a new cohort beginning each subsequent Fall semester. 

Interested students can get a headstart by enrolling in a few of the required beginning courses offered during VVC’s Spring and Summer 2021 terms. Introduction to Business Organizations (BADM-100) and Small Business Management (BADM-122) both begin April 19 and seats remain available for students to enroll.

For more information about the program, prospective students may email Pamela.James@VVC.edu to contact Counselor Pamela James.

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