Future Western Nevada College students can be all business when they start the 2016 fall semester.
For the first time, WNC will offer an Associate of Business degree, meaning students can use the two-year degree to transfer to a four-year university.
â€œWNC is pleased to offer this new track for our Business students,â€ said Dr. Robert Wynegar, Academic and Student Affairs Vice President. â€œThe impetus for this track came from our Business Advisory Committee; completing the steps required to offer the Associate of Business degree demonstrates our continued commitment to serving regional Business needs and supporting our students. For Business students pursuing a four-year degree, this track will offer a smoother transition to the university level.â€
In the past, students could earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in Business with an emphasis in accounting, general business and management.
â€œThis (AAS) is ideal for those students who wish to enter the workforce immediately,â€ said WNC Professor of Accounting Richard Kloes. â€œBy adding an Associate of Business transfer degree to our curriculum, it will give students two different degree options in the field of business: one for immediate employment and one for those students who wish to transfer to a four-year institution.â€
The Nevada System of Higher Education approved the revision to WNCâ€™s Academic Master Plan in March.
Kloes said students who complete the 60-unit AB degree may continue their education in business with a junior standing at a four-year college.
â€œUnlike the AA and AS degrees, which are more general in nature, this degree is specifically designed with the business student in mind,â€ Kloes said.
Whether they transfer with their AB degree or enter the workforce, students can expect a better chance of employment upon graduation.
â€œStudents graduating with business degrees are one of the most sought-after graduates today,â€ Kloes said. â€œThe great thing about this degree is that, as well as directly transferring to a four-year institution, it also tells a prospective employer that the student’s main emphasis of study is in the business field, which will benefit those students who do not wish to continue with their education after obtaining this degree and are interested in immediate employment.â€
For more information on the new business degree, contact Kloes at 775-423-8330, ext. 2258 or at Richard.Kloes@wnc.edu.