EXAMPLES OF OCCUPATIONAL SUPPLEMENTARY COURSES
Small Business Management
Small Business Management occupational supplementary courses are designed to provide practical skills to small business owners, their partners, and/or families. Achievement of business and family goals is the primary assignment and putting the owner in control of the business is the program objective. Classes may cover small business taxation, record keeping and accounting, marketing and advertising, human relations, and legal considerations.
These courses vary in length from one to three years, and may feature monthly evening classes, workshops, and on-site business consultation. However, students are enrolled annually, based on a written contract that specifies the program content and planned outcomes. A statewide network, called BizCenters, or Small Business Development Centers, supports college small business management programs. BizCenters provide a client-centered approach for delivering counseling, training, information, and technical assistance to business owners.
Farm Business Management
Farm Business Management occupational supplementary courses are intended to teach the basic principles of record-keeping and financial management to full-time farm operators and managers. The major emphasis is on the development and maintenance of a complete set of records and the skills necessary to interpret the records and use the information to make sound management decisions.
The Farm Business Management occupational supplementary program generally combines classroom training with on-site visits and counseling to give students a comprehensive and practical approach to farm management. Programs may require a commitment of up to three years. Students are enrolled annually, based on a written contract that specifies the program content and planned outcomes. Upon completion of the annual farm records, eligible farms receive a computerized analysis of their operations.