General Business (CA)

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Prepare to Advance in Your Career

You may have fallen into your current occupation or have a chance to be promoted and need to gain a handful of skills to give you a competitive edge. With our Certificate of Achievement in General Business you’ll learn effective communication, how to prepare and analyze financial documents and the software needed to succeed. 

Business leaders know business and those with formal education are better prepared to meet the challenges and needs of the next decade. These individuals can help organizations weather the storm during financial setbacks, economic changes or global shifts and a Certificate of Achievement is the first step to getting you to where you want to be in your career.  

Careers in Business

Business careers go beyond CEOs and business owners. The skills learned in our Certificate of Achievement in General Business can be applied to give you an edge in a number of fields. 

Here are some professions you could pursue after receiving a Certificate of Achievement in General Business: 

Career information below taken from bls.gov November 2019. Go to bls.gov for most current career information.

Court reporters create word-for-word transcriptions at trials, depositions, and other legal proceedings.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Postsecondary Nondegree Award
$57,150/year 
$27.48/hour 
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
Short-term on-the-job training
7% increase

15,700

Logisticians analyze and coordinate an organization’s supply chain.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $74,600/year
$35.86/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 5% increase

174,900

Operations research analysts use advanced mathematical and analytical methods to help solve complex issues.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $83,390/year 
$40.09/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 26% increase

109,700

 

Personal financial advisors provide advice to help individuals manage their finances and plan for their financial future.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $88,890/year 
$42.73/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 7% increase

271,700

 

What You’ll Learn During the General Business Certificate of Achievement 


The Certificate of Achievement (CA) in General Business allows you to hone your skills and advance your career. This program will help you prepare, record, and analyze data, while learning how to effectively communicate to organization stakeholders. Classes can be applied toward an Associate in Arts (AA) or Associate in Science for Transfer (AST) degree in Accounting / General Business. In this certificate you’ll:

  • Use critical thinking and analytical skills to review data, identify issues, diagnose problems, and create new solutions. These skills can help you resolve conflicts successfully, and find ways to be a more productive member of your team.
  • Increase your understanding and use of accounting and business terminology, and familiarize yourself with commonly used acronyms all to gain a better grasp of larger concepts, organize more easily, and become more fluent in conversing with coworkers striving to meet the same goals.
  • Advance your skills in commonly used office software programs, increasing your value to your business and productivity, as well as being the go-to person on your team to problem-solve issues with these programs or find out how to perform a particular task.
  • LASC provides internships so you can build your career connections and create community ties for after you graduate.
  • LASC leads the way in promoting business thinkers and doers through innovative academic programs, such as the Center for Entrepreneurial Opportunities (CEO) to help educate and connect aspiring business owners to their careers and industry interests. And, LASC was awarded the Entrepreneurial College Award in 2017 by the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) due to its leadership in starting entrepreneurially-minded programs.
  • Want more? If you are interested in advancing your career even further, find out how to get your associate degree or even transfer degree to get a bachelor’s degree! Visit your academic counselor or the Transfer Center to find out how you can benefit from obtaining an AA or AST degree and transferring to a four-year college or university.

Degrees & Courses You Will Take

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

Major Code: 501.00
Total Units Required: 28

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

  • Analyze the role of supply and demand in a free market economy and the necessary elements to function efficiently. 
  • Evaluate the advantages of a free market economy and the role of competitive pricing in achieving efficiency. 
  • Define, analyze, and demonstrate economic problems using statistical methods, figures, and graphs.
Required Courses: Units
ACCTG 1 Introductory Accounting I
5
ACCTG 2 Introductory Accounting II  5
US 1 Introduction to Business 3
BUS 5 Business Law I  3
BUS 38 Business Computations
3
CAOT 85 Microcomputer Office Applications: Spreadsheet 3
ECON 1 Principles of Economics I 3
ECON 2 Principles of Economics II
3
TOTAL UNITS 28

 

Get Ready Before You Start 

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

  • 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 and opportunities you can be a part of to excel in your new career.
  • 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 stuff LASC has, which is quite a bit. List the items that would be relevant here]. These create new relationships and show potential employers your commitment to learning about the development of business and new technologies within banking and finance.

Program Learning Outcomes 

As a student, after successfully completing this program, you will be able to:

  • Analyze the role of supply and demand in a free market economy and the necessary elements to function efficiently.
  • Evaluate the advantages of a free market economy and the role of competitive pricing in achieving efficiency.
  • Define, analyze, and demonstrate economic problems using statistical methods, figures, and graphs.