Dr. Steve Lovett of the UTB/TSC School of Business talks to senior marketing majors, Flor Ruiz and Erika Spradling, along with international business major, Luis Velez, during a break in his Business Policy class.
"one route that is favored by people with no work experience, or by those wanting to return to the work force in order to bring them up to speed on the latest technology, is to go for the Certificate of Proficiency,” said Hilda Flores, Program Coordinator and adviser in the Applied Business Technology Department at The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College.
It takes two to three semesters to earn the C.P. in Accounting Technology, Business Information Systems Technology, International Business (Import/Export), Office Specialist, Legal Office Specialist, or Medical Coding and Billing Specialist.
After receiving their C.P., students may continue their studies while working fulltime. In another two semesters, a student can open up new opportunities by achieving the Associate in Applied Science.
The next building block for a career in applied business technology is to go from the associate degree to the Bachelor of Applied Technology or the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences.
Achieving a bachelor’s degree greatly increases opportunities for promotion into management. Possible career fields include business, banking, government, health service, technology, education, public service, the military and industry.
“We’re helping students turn jobs into careers,” Flores said. “In addition, the B.A.T. or B.A.A.S. in applied business also prepares students to begin working on a Masters in Business Administration.”
Those who prefer obtaining a Bachelor of Business Administration can start as a full-time freshman by taking daytime classes and focusing on a four-year plan.
The five specialties offered at UTB/TSC for the B.B.A. are Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Management, Marketing and International Business. After receiving the B.B.A., most graduates are ready to find a full-time position.
After a few years in the workforce, many students are ready to focus on a new challenge, the M.B.A. They can do this while employed, taking classes that are conveniently offered in the evenings or online. Joan Dentler received her M.B.A. from UTB/TSC in 1999.
“Receiving my M.B.A. has given me the confidence and credibility to venture into professional situations I would have otherwise felt were off limits,” she said.
Today, Dentler is a partner in ASC Strategies, and she has spent the past 15 years consulting for, developing and operating successful ambulatory surgery centers in 26 states.
The M.B.A. is also offered online. UTB/TSC partners with the other schools in The University of Texas System to teach these online classes.
“We have had a number of graduate students from local organizations, including the maquilas, who have benefitted greatly from our online program,” said Dr. Charles Lackey, dean of graduate studies. “Finding themselves transferred to South America, Singapore, Indiana or any number of places, these students have been able to continue their studies seamlessly as part of a virtual campus.”
Achieving the M.B.A. makes further career advancement into upper management possible. Countless career options are out there – banking, finance, manufacturing, education, and more – awaiting those who choose to go the extra mile.
For more information, please contact New Student Relations at (956) UTB-4YOU or visit www.utb.edu.