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New for Fall: A.S. degree in entrepreneurship

Seminole State is adding six new programs for Fall Term, including an A.S in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management and certificates in homeland security and alternative energy.

If you have a great idea for a business, Seminole State College of Florida has just the program to help you transform that idea into a thriving business. Starting with the Fall Term, the College will become the first public college in Florida to offer an Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management.

“We want to help individuals to turn their ideas into something real,” says Hugh Moore, associate dean of the Center for Business, Legal and Entrepreneurship. “The goal of the program is to give students the tools to start and maintain a business and create jobs for themselves and the community.”

The two-year program, inspired by the business program’s advisory board, will teach students how to identify business opportunities, write business and marketing plans and secure investments, Moore says. “We’re also looking forward to using the skills of the College’s Seminole Technology Business Incubation Center to help students mature their ideas.”

Students who prefer to assist small businesses rather than opening their own will learn how to develop marketing strategies, appraise other business opportunities from a financial viewpoint and negotiate with investors, Moore says.

Courses will be offered at the College’s Sanford/Lake Mary Campus and online. According to the Florida College System, Seminole State is the first among the system's 28 institutions to offer the degree.

Moore says the new degree pairs well with the Center’s other degree options:

Also new this fall:

  • Cybersecurity track: In response to the high demand for professionals trained in cybersecurity, Seminole State is adding a security specialization within its Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Information Systems Technology. The three-course track will prepare students to detect and address computer security threats, including those related to mobile devices and cloud-based computing.
  • Alternative Energy Certificate: This 18-credit hour certificate aims to expose students to green and emerging technologies in engineering, design and construction.
  • TV production certificates: Two new certificates – Digital Video Fundamentals and Video Editing and Post-Production – are designed for students who are seeking employment in the television industry. Students seeking an Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree for transfer to a four-year university or an A.S. in Multimedia Technology and Digital Cinema Production may pursue the certificates.
  • Homeland Security Specialist Certificate: This three-course certificate focuses on law enforcement’s role in homeland security-related incidents. It is upward compatible with the A.S. in Criminal Justice.

Fall Term classes at Seminole State start Aug. 26.

Seminole State offers 192 college programs, degrees and certificates. For more information, please visit the Degrees of Success page.

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