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Business Management

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The world of business management is an exciting, fast paced and dynamic place to spend your career. The Business Management program at Gateway Technical College is a two-year associate degree program offered at the Elkhorn, Kenosha and Racine Campuses. At Gateway, Business Management students will learn how the business world functions from a marketing, financial and organizational point of view. In the fast-paced business world, keeping up requires a manager to be knowledgeable in a variety of subjects. A Business Management degree will help set graduates apart from other employees; better preparing them to advance into management roles. Gateway’s Business Management degree courses are tailored by a business advisory committee comprised of professionals in the regional job market. Therefore, classes address the most current trends in business today. Students will also benefit from Business Management instructors who are seasoned professionals -- many have more than 20 years of experience in the field.

What does a business manager do?

Graduates of the Business Management program at Gateway Technical College will be prepared to enter the job market with a refined set of skills, and may be positioned to accelerate beyond entry level positions - to department and midlevel managers. Gateway prepares students for that climb by teaching organizational and leadership skills, and by providing an understanding of the business functions that will help students excel.

A variety of different career options are available and students can obtain additional education in a certain emphasis by taking elective courses in their desired field. Potential careers include facility manager, sales manager, department manager, real estate agent and human resource manager. Graduates can work in a variety of industries as well. These include sales and marketing, operations, financial services, warehousing, human resources and logistics.

Learning by doing

The Business Management program at Gateway offers opportunity for hands-on learning through case studies, professional internships and the Biz Squad program. In many cases, internships can be carried out with a student’s current employer - a great opportunity to learn and highlight your skills to your employer.

Biz Squad is a hands-on learning opportunity where students get to work with real world clients on actual projects, gaining experience in the field. Involvement also provides great networking opportunities. Biz Squad is offered at the Kenosha, Racine and Elkhorn Campuses.

Many Business Management courses are offered online to fit easily with busy schedules. Some classes may be offered in IPVID format, allowing students to attend a class at a different campus, through advanced telecommunication technology.

Gateway also offers hands-on learning and networking opportunities through involvement in professional organizations like Collegiate DECA, Business Professionals of America and community service organizations. Membership allows for involvement in local, state and international competitions. Service learning opportunities are also part of the program curriculum. Students will serve the community at area food shelters, animal sanctuaries, government agencies and non-profit organizations putting the skills they have learned into practice through service.

The Business Management program offers unique opportunities to study abroad. A recent trip included travel to Hong Kong and mainland China to study Asian marketing, human resources, supply chain management, import/export challenges, foreign currency exchange issues and cultural differences.

Job and salary outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of administrative services managers is expected to grow 15 percent from 2010 to 2020. Salary varies largely by position, education and experience. The median annual wage of an administrative services manager was $77,890 in 2010.

Continued professional development will help push earning potential for Business Management graduates into advanced positions such as department managers, directors and beyond.

Faculty

Elkhorn
Sara Skowronski
skowronskis@gtc.edu

Kenosha
Achille Infusino
infusinoa@gtc.edu

Advisors

Elkhorn
Jason Kemp
kempj@gtc.edu

Kenosha
Andrew Goodman
goodmana@gtc.edu

Racine
Raquel Palacios
palaciosr@gtc.edu

Program Administration

Ray Koukari, Dean
koukarir@gtc.edu

Manoj Babu, Associate Dean
babum@gtc.edu