Business

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The Business A.A.S. degree program prepares students to enter the world of business by providing the managerial and technical skills required to work in small, medium, or large businesses. The Entrepreneurship, Financial Services, Logistics, Management, and Marketing concentrations of the Business program prepare students for successful careers in retail, wholesale, manufacturing, and service industry organizations, or for continuing their education to obtain the desired degrees in the disciplines of their choosing.

Need to enter the job market quickly?
Three Logistics Technical Certificates prepare students for employment in the supply chain management field.

Advising Sheet Archives

 

2014–2015 Advising Sheets

A.A.S. Advising Sheets
Entrepreneurship
Financial Services
Logistics
Management
Marketing

Technical Certificate Advising Sheets
Logistics
Supply Chain
Transportation

 

2013–2014 Advising Sheets

A.A.S. Advising Sheets
Business Administration
Entrepreneurship
Financial Services
Logistics
Marketing

Technical Certificate Advising Sheets
Logistics
Supply Chain
Transportation

 

Business Administration

***Effective Fall 2014: New Management concentration replaces Business Administration concentration.***

The U.S. and the global economy are driven by business. The emerging global business market that is now accessible via the Internet is creating tremendous opportunity for all businesses large and small.

The Business Administration concentration provides competencies in accounting, business law, economics, human resource management, management theory and practice, customer service and sales techniques, organizational behavior, and general business practice.

Career Opportunities

  • Product Manager
  • Management Trainee
  • Store/office Manager
  • Director of Sales and Marketing
  • Customer Service Representative

A.A.S. Advising Sheet (PDF document)
Business Administration

Please contact any of our faculty members for information about our program and curricula. Contact information may be found by clicking on the Program Faculty link below, or via the online campus directory.
 

Entrepreneurship

More that 80% of business in the U.S. is small business—it continues to be the economic engine of our nation. Entrepreneurship is a major contributor to the creation, redesign, and stability of this business sector of the U.S. economy. Entrepreneurship is on the rise in the U.S. and globally as more major corporations consolidate with the resultant spin-off of business units and employees.

Students in the Entrepreneurship concentration are provided an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills to become an entrepreneur in today’s changing job market. Instruction in the areas of entrepreneurial planning, managing, marketing, accounting, and supervising are emphasized. The concentration will provide students with a basis to enter the small business environment.

Career Opportunities

  • Small business owner
  • Small business manager

A.A.S. Advising Sheet (PDF document)
Entrepreneurship

Please contact any of our faculty members for information about our program and curricula. Contact information may be found by clicking on the Program Faculty link below, or via the online campus directory.
 

Financial Services

The opportunities are unlimited in the dynamic global-based financial services industry. As Internet technology has created markets for products and services on a world-wide basis the financial services industry has responded with electronic banking, ordering, purchasing, payment, and tracking systems. Financial services are the key to all of this activity.

Students in the Financial Services concentration receive a firm foundation in accounting principles, the U.S. monetary system, banking transactions, customer credit, bank management, the economics of money and banking, and basic information on investments.

Career Opportunities

  • Teller
  • Broker Assistant
  • Credit Investigator
  • Operations Supervisor
  • Loan and Financial Processor

A.A.S. Advising Sheet (PDF document)
Financial Services

Please contact any of our faculty members for information about our program and curricula. Contact information may be found by clicking on the Program Faculty link below, or via the online campus directory.
 

Logistics

The Logistics concentration provides a comprehensive education in the business of logistics, integrating business management and computer information systems courses with the latest logistics practices and technologies.

The Logistics concentration curricular topics include supply chain management principles, warehousing and distribution, inventory control, traffic management, regulatory compliance, and various analytical tools.

See the Logistics concentration video and Logistics student testimonial video for further Logistics concentration information.

Career Opportunities

  • Transportation Analyst
  • Production Planner/Scheduler
  • Supply Chain/Materials Manager
  • Executive Team Leader – Logistics
  • Logistics Coordinator/Inventory Management
  • Operations Manager
  • Purchasing Assistant
  • Supply Specialist
  • Traffic Office Technician
  • Inventory Analyst
  • Logistics Analyst

A.A.S. Advising Sheet (PDF document)
Logistics

Please contact any of our faculty members for information about our program and curricula. Contact information may be found by clicking on the Program Faculty link below, or via the online campus directory.
 

Management ***Formerly Business Administration Concentration***

***Effective Fall 2014: New Management concentration replaces Business Administration concentration.***

The Management concentration provides knowledge and skills sufficient to allow a person to be employed in a wide variety of service, merchandising, and manufacturing organizations. This program will be helpful to those individuals who wish to own and operate a business.

Career Opportunities

  • Product Manager
  • Management Trainee
  • Store/office Manager
  • Director of Sales and Marketing
  • Customer Service Representative

A.A.S. Advising Sheet (PDF document)
Management
 

Marketing

Marketing is the process of identifying what, when, how much, where, and why consumers want specific products and services. Internet technology now provides the marketer world-wide access to meet the needs of a global market.

Students enrolled in the Marketing concentration acquire competencies in customer service and sales techniques, communications, marketing, management and planning, general business practices, accounting and economics, and organizational and consumer behavior.

Career Opportunities

  • Sales Manager Trainee
  • Marketing Manager Trainee
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Marketing Associate
  • Retail Sales Associate

A.A.S. Advising Sheet (PDF document)
Marketing

Please contact any of our faculty members for information about our program and curricula. Contact information may be found by clicking on the Program Faculty link below, or via the online campus directory.
 

Planning to earn a Bachelor's Degree?

AA-AS Degree Tennessee Transfer Pathways
Tennessee Transfer Pathways (TTPs) help students transfer to a Tennessee public university to complete their baccalaureate degree. Completing all the courses listed on a particular Tennessee Transfer Pathway will earn an A.A. or A.S. degree at Nashville State and all courses are guaranteed to count toward that university major.

The prescribed curriculum for each Transfer Pathway must be followed exactly to ensure all hours transfer. Talk to an advisor, see the NSCC Catalog, and visit www.tntransferpathway.org for more TTP information. View TTP video

Tennessee Transfer Pathway AA-AS Degree Advising Sheets (PDF documents)
Business Administration A.S. Degree Tennessee Transfer Pathway
Economics A.S. Degree Tennessee Transfer Pathway - Business
Economics A.A. Degree Tennessee Transfer Pathway - ETSU
Economics A.S. Degree Tennessee Transfer Pathway - MTSU and UTC
Economics A.A. Degree Tennessee Transfer Pathway - UoM
Economics A.A. Degree Tennessee Transfer Pathway - UTK

 
AA-AS Degree Areas of Emphasis

Pre-Law AA-AS Degree Area of Emphasis Advising Sheet (PDF document)
Students can choose to earn an Associate of Science or Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis in Pre-Law at Nashville State, then transfer to a four-year university to complete their baccalaureate degree. AA/AS degree areas of emphasis courses do not represent requirements for any specific university.

In planning the courses to be taken at Nashville State, students first choose the four-year university that they plan to attend, consult the catalog of the transfer university for specific degree requirements, and meet with their Nashville State advisor to match up the courses offered at Nashville State with the courses required at their future four-year university.
 

Program Skills and Career Opportunities

The mission of the Business program is to provide practical learning opportunities that prepare our students to:

  • Excel in the business community.
  • Effectively adapt to and manage technological change.
  • Develop ethical business practices and a sense of personal responsibility.
  • Work independently and as part of a team.
  • Communicate effectively with written and oral messages.
  • Think critically.
  • Be creative with business solutions.

Graduates of the Business program graduates should be able to:

  • Understand how to develop and maintain an organization’s management program that effectively and efficiently maximizes organizational resources.
  • Possess basic business management skills in the areas of accounting, computers, economics, marketing, banking, management, team building, and business law.
  • Be able to apply basic business mathematics skills.
  • Communicate effectively in written form and orally.
  • Seek employment in retail, wholesale, manufacturing, and service industry organizations.

Recent placement rates of graduates range from 85-95 percent. Additionally, data from enrolled student and graduate surveys indicate overall satisfaction with the college and the Business Management program. The program continually receives positive feedback from employers and the program advisory committee.

Typical employment positions held by recent graduates include:

  • Account Executive
  • Claims Processor
  • Human Resource Generalist
  • National Sales Manager
  • Bank Account Analyst
  • Executive Assistant
  • Marketing Associate
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Regional Administrator
  • Sales Associate
  • Pricing Coordinator
  • Customer Service Supervisor
  • Project Management Assistant
  • Office Manager
  • Territory Sales Manager
  • Human Resource Development
     

Program Strengths

Vision Statement
The Business program seeks to be recognized for providing a quality education in business management principles and practices. The Business Management program has many strengths to offer:

  • Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. ACBSP is recognized both nationally and internationally as the leading specialized accrediting agency for business education to support, celebrate and reward excellence in teaching and learning outcomes.
  • Hosts a chapter of Kappa Beta Delta which is a national honor society established by the ACBSP to recognize students in accredited associate degree-granting institutions for their high academic achievement in business programs.
  • Highly qualified, dedicated faculty members with strong backgrounds in business and their academic discipline.
  • Curriculum that contains both theory and practical applications.
  • Up-to-date equipment and software.
  • Sound curriculum that meets the needs of employers.
  • A growing online learning program that includes numerous Web and hybrid (online and on-campus) courses.
  • Courses available day and night.
  • The Logistics, Management and Marketing concentrations are available entirely through Web courses.
     

Testimonials From Our Students

"Nashville State has provided me with a high quality education at a very low cost for the past two years. I will graduate this spring and intend to operate my own business." - Pamela Brown

"America is the land of opportunity. Yes, it’s true if you work for it. Nashville State has given me not only an opportunity for education but also understanding of the U.S.A. as a nation. With Nashville State’s diverse culture, it is the best place to broaden your knowledge, strengthen your abilities to communicate with other people, and most of all, receive a good education with experienced faculty members." - Beril Yabar

"What a wonderful place to receive quality education, meet many different people, and make new friends." - Paul Cart

Program Faculty

Cliff Rockstead, Assistant Professor, 615-353-3403
B.S., English Education, Utah State University, 1968
M.B.A., Business Administration, University of Tennessee, 1979
Certificate MR Management, University of Alabama, 1977


Roslyn Mize, Instructor, 615-353-3693
B.S., Louisiana State University, 1999
M.B.A., Middle Tennessee State University, 2007


Cary Bunt, Instructor, 615-353-3494
A.A., Arts, Martin Methodist College, 1978
B.B.A., Management, Belmont, 1980
M.B.A., Business Administration, Tennessee Technological University, 1992


Howard Doty, Professor, 615-353-3416, Website: ww2.nscc.edu/doty_h
B.S., Business Administration, Tennessee Technological University, 1969
J.D., Law, University of Tennessee School of Law, 1970


Kelvin Elston, Assistant Professor, 615-353-3710, Website: ww2.nscc.edu/elston_k
A.S., General Business, Cleveland State Community College, 1984
B.S., Management and Marketing, Birmingham Southern College, 1986
M.S., Organization and Human Relations Management, Cumberland University, 1999
Certified as Achieve Global Trainer, 2002


Michael Frank, Instructor, 615-353-3413
B.A., Economics, State University of New York-Buffalo, 1978
M.A., Economics, State University of New York-Buffalo, 1992


David Gerth, Associate Professor, 615-353-3423, Website: ww2.nscc.edu/gerth_d
B.E., Engineering Science, Vanderbilt University, 1972
M.B.A., Business Administration, Brigham Young University, 1977
Ed.D., Curriculum and Instruction, Tennessee State University, 2014


Valerie Stroop, Associate Professor, 615-353-3425, Website: ww2.nscc.edu/stroop_v
B.S., Business Management, David Lipscomb University, 1981
M.B.A., Business Administration, Tennessee State University, 1994


Melissa Walker, Instructor, 615-353-3424
B.S., Accounting, Elon University, 1993
M.B.A., Entrepreneurship, University of Colorado, 2001

Career Services and Cooperative Education

The college has a very active Career Services Office that assists students, graduates and alumni with their career and employment needs.

Cooperative work experience can be an important addition to a student’s formal classroom work. Co-op courses may substitute for technical courses with the prior approval of the Program Coordinator. The Career Services Office will provide the correct course numbers. For more information about cooperative work experience opportunities, please visit the Career Services Office Web site, phone 615-353-3248, or e-mail careerservices@nscc.edu.
 

Program Accreditation - Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

The Business Management program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)The following business degree at Nashville State Community College is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs: A.A.S. in Business.

The Business program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Business students are eligible for membership in Kappa Beta Delta which is an international honor society established by the ACBSP to encourage and recognize scholarship and accomplishment among students of business, management and administration pursuing associate degrees, and to encourage and promote personal and professional improvement and a life distinguished by honorable service to humankind.

Program Performance

Contact Information

E-mail: business@nscc.edu
Program Office: 615-353-3400

Cliff Rockstead, Associate Professor
Phone: 615-353-3403

Roslyn Mize, Instructor
Phone: 615-353-3693

Campus Directory

Advising Sheets

Please see Advising Sheet Archives on the left for previous year advising sheets.

A.A.S. Advising Sheets
Entrepreneurship
Financial Services
Logistics
Management
Marketing

Technical Certificate Advising Sheets
Logistics
Transportation
Supply Chain

Catalog and Class Schedule

See NSCC Catalog for program requirements, recommended schedules, course descriptions and syllabi.

See Class Schedule for course availability.

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