Business Management

Nature of Work

Graduates of the associate of applied science degree program in Business Management may be employed in a variety of jobs, including positions as first-line supervisors, quality assurance specialists, human resources specialists, logistics control analysts, shipping and warehousing supervisors, and small business managers.

First-line supervisors directly supervise and coordinate the activities of production and operating workers such as inspectors, precision workers, machine setters and operators, assemblers, fabricators, and plant and system operators.

Quality assurance specialists conduct tests to determine the quality of raw materials, as well as bulk, intermediate, and finished products. They may also perform process quality audits, statistical sampling, plotting of control charts, and problem-solving activities.

Human resources specialists perform activities in the human resources area, including screening, recruiting, interviewing, and placing workers.

Logistics control analysts study product delivery or supply chain processes to identify or recommend changes. Shipping and warehousing supervisors plan, director, and coordinate the storage or distribution operations within an organization or the activities of organizations that are engaged in storing or distributing new materials or products.

Small business managers run all aspects of fledgling companies or established businesses with less than 20 employees. They plan, lead, organize, and control the work of a small number of employees at the direction of the business owner.

Career Outlook

Employment of supervisors and managers nationally is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through the year 2018. Continuing advances in technology should increase supervisory and managerial productivity, thus allowing the organizations in which they are employed to continually improve and maximize both their efficiency and effectiveness.

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Credentials You Can Earn

Associate of Applied Science
Business Management


Certificate
General Supervision


Certificate
Human Resource Management


Certificate
Operations Management


Certificate
Quality Assurance Specialist


Certificate
Quality Assurance Professional


Certificate
Supply Chain Management



Program Expenses

The Higher Education Act requires all colleges and universities to notify students and prospective students of all program costs for which they will be responsible. Students will be responsible for the following expenses:

 

Admissions Fees

  • Nonrefundable application fee ($25)

Semester Fees

  • Tuition ($89 per credit hour)
  • Accident Insurance Fee ($4 per term)
  • Campus Supply Fee (40 per term)
  • Instruction Fee ($55 per term)
  •  Parking Fee ($20 per term)
  • Campus Safety Fee ($25)
  • Registration Fee ($50 per term)
  • Student Activity Fee ($30 per term)
  • Technology Fee ($105 per term)

Throughout the Program

  • Textbooks (Approximately $2,960 for the associate degree program and from $345 to $1,000 for the certificate programs)

These expenses are based on costs in effect at the time this catalog was published. Prices are subject to change.

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Faculty

Pam Johnson-Upson, Program Chair
Pam J. Upson is the Director of Computer Technology Training in the Economic Development Division at Athens Technical College with expertise in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, OneNote, PowerPoint, Publisher, Project, QuickBooks, and programming. Other professional development trainings include Project Management Fundamentals, Time Management, Customer Service, and A Positive Work Environment. She also serves as an adjunct instructor in the computer program. As Director of Computer Technology Training her responsibilities include facilitating computer trainings onsite and offsite. Prior to Joining Athens Technical College Pam worked as an Actuary Analyst, Director of Public Relations, Adjunct Computer Instructor, Programmer Analyst, Certified Educator, Operations Lead, and Fraud Analyst at several companies including the University of Georgia, Charter Communications, Towers Perrin, and Fleetcor.
Ms. Johnson earned a B.B.A in Computer Information Systems and an MBA in Managerial Leadership. She is currently a DBA at Northcentral University in Technology.
For more than 15 years, Pam has demonstrated her commitment and strong advocacy for Adult Education and technology integration as an instructor and facilitator.
Office Location: Athens Campus
Phone: 706-355-5065
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