By Emily Rathbone

Skagit Valley College is offering a new Bachelor’s degree in Applied Management for students starting in Fall Quarter of 2018. Applications for Fall 2018 will open on April 2, 2018 and the priority application period ends on April 30, 2018. SVC got approval from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities in February 2018 “to offer and begin an Applied Management baccalaureate program in September 2018,” said Chief Public Information Officer Arden Ainley.

This Bachelor’s degree is “designed to accommodate working adults who are looking to build their managerial and management skills so that they can advance professionally,” according to Classes meet just once a week and are learner driven. The program is also designed to be affordable, costing nearly ⅔ less than the tuition of a four-year university.

The Bachelor in Applied Management degree is a 90-credit program that is career oriented and designed to equip students with business skills that are typically necessary for managerial positions and to run an entrepreneurial venture.

The program is available to students who have a two-year degree, such as AAS, ATA, AA, or AS degrees. Students who anticipate completing their associates degree before the program starts may also apply and all students will enter the program as a Junior. All interested students must attend an information session before applying. Dates, times, and locations of information sessions can be found on the SVC website.

The program is focused on practical application and upon completing the program, students will be able to communicate effectively, think critically, demonstrate professional and personal readiness, and exhibit cultural awareness. The program’s curriculum combines upper level managerial and general education courses to help prepare students for related careers. “Upon completion,” informs, “the challenging program can even lead to graduate programs such as a Master of Business Administration (MBA).”

There are 26 seats available those who are interested in starting Fall Quarter 2018. Students who submit their applications before April 30 will be notified of the decision made on it by May 16, 2018. Students who are accepted are expected to attend an orientation on September 14. More information about the application process can be found on Course descriptions for all six quarters of the program can also be found online.

Students who are have questions can email [email protected] or call (360) 416-7635 and a program representative will provide answers and help with any part of the application process.