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Banking & Finance (CA)

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Enhance Your Business Skills to Be Prepared for Advancement

Earning a certificate in Banking and Finance will provide you with the extra knowledge you need to move further up in your career. Just starting off in your career? It will provide you with a stronger foundation upon which to build to ensure you are well rounded in all areas of banking and finance. The certificate is an investment in yourself, your employer and your career.

Understanding banking and finance gives you career options when working in this industry. Examine the relationships between banks, customers, the Federal Reserve System, and various regulatory agencies; analyze the risks involved in lending and how to comply with regulations while earning a profit for shareholders and investors. 

Interest rate changes and investment regulations – these are just two areas that you will learn about in this program. Learn how to stay on top of these dynamic sectors so you can serve your employer and/or clients with your in-depth knowledge.

Careers in Banking & Finance 

Those pursuing a career in Banking and Finance often work in financial institutions, yet careers in this industry can be found wherever business is, as it is the foundation in which businesses can operate. 

Here are some professions and their salaries you could have by receiving a Certificate of Achievement in Banking and Finance:

Career information below taken from bls.gov February 2020. Go to bls.gov for most current career information.

Financial managers produce financial reports, direct investment activities, and develop strategies and plans for the long-term financial goals of their organization.

National Data

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $127,990/year $61.53/hour 
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed
16% increase
(much faster than avearge)
653,600

Analyze credit data and financial statements of individuals or firms to determine the degree of risk involved in extending credit or lending money. Prepare reports with credit information for use in decision making.

National Data

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $82,300/year $39.57/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 2% increase
(little or no change)
74,820

 

Budget analysts help public and private institutions organize their finances.

National Data

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $76,220/year $36.65/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 4% increase
(as fast as average)
56,900

Loan officers evaluate, authorize, or recommend approval of loan applications for people and businesses.

National Data

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $63,040/year $30.31/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 8% increase
(faster than average)
316,200

What You’ll Learn at LASC in Banking & Finance 

You can get a Certificate of Achievement (CA) through LASC’s Banking & Finance program where you will sharpen your knowledge of investing, interest rates, financial planning, commercial and retail mortgage sales:

  • You’ll benefit from an in-depth understanding of the complexities of the banking system and lending regulations so you can appropriately advise your clients of the risks involved and how profits are earned and become a trusted financial advisor.
  • Gain critical-thinking and problem-solving skills so you can analyze and confront any banking or financial issue with a plan and an understanding of the consequences of those actions.
  • LASC provides internships so you can build your career connections and create community ties for after you graduate.
  • Check for upcoming workshops, events, and business fairs hosted by LASC’s School of Career and Technical Education to strengthen your business skills, network with community leaders and local business owners, and develop a deeper knowledge for all of the different aspects of business.
  • Want to get a bachelor’s degree? Visit your academic counselor or the Transfer Center to find out how you can benefit from going to a four-year college or university to gain even more insight into business and finance. Plus, by attending LASC for your first two years instead of a four-year college, you’ll save money that you can put towards getting your bachelor’s degree!

 

Degrees & Courses You Will Take 

Review LASC’s Certificate of Achievement for Banking & Finance and our suggested course of study for this program. Go to LASC’s current Course Catalog for specific course information:

Major Code: 504.00

Total Units Required: 31

Upon completion of this program, you will be able to: 

  • Inspect the complex system of Banking and how they are divided according to functions. 

  • Examine the relationship between banks, customers, Federal Reserve System, and various regulatory agencies. 

  • Analyze the risks involved in lending and how to comply with various regulations while earning a profit for the shareholders/investors.

  • Perform any function in a bank or financial institution and will assess the consequences of their actions.

Required Courses: Units
ACCTG 1 Introductory Accounting I 5
ACCTG 2 Introductory Accounting II 5
BUS 1 Introduction to Business  3
BUS 5 Business Law I  3
CAOT 85 Microcomputer Applications 3
FINANCE 1 Principles of Finance 3
FINANCE 15 Principles of Banking 3
ECON 1 Principles of Economics I 3
ECON 2 Principles of Economics II  3
TOTAL UNITS 31

 

Get Ready Before You Start 

Interested in a career in banking and finance? Before your first class starts at LASC, you can start preparing for your career in finance:

  • Make an appointment with your LASC academic counselor to review LASC’s program, start to develop a Student Education Plan (SEP), and discuss what additional support services, opportunities you can be a part of. Discuss what your career and personal goals are so your counselor can give you the best options to meet your future plans.
  • Once you’re at LASC, make sure to get involved with on-campus clubs and organizations, such as the LASC Entrepreneur Club and Toastmasters, and find out what other business opportunities LASC has through the School of Career Technical Education, such as business workshops and specific events on starting your own business, networking, career fairs. These build your resume and create new relationships to show potential employers your commitment to learning about the development of business and new technologies within banking and finance.

 

Program Learning Outcomes 

Upon successful completion of this program, you will be able to:

  • Inspect the complex system of Banking and how they are divided according to functions.
  • Examine the relationship between banks, customers, Federal Reserve System, and various regulatory agencies.
  • Analyze the risks involved in lending and how to comply with various regulations while earning a profit for the shareholders/investors.
  • Perform any function in a bank or financial institution and will assess the consequences of their actions.