Northeast State will expand its NextStep program offerings in fall 2014 with an accelerated associate of science degree in Business Administration. The program is a two-day-a-week, five-semester program that offers the opportunity to complete the degree in just 22 months.
The program is part of the Tennessee Transfer Pathway initiative, which means all credit hours transfer to a state four-year institution for the pursuit of a bachelor’s degree. In addition, the program is built on a cohort concept, which allows a group of students to follow a set schedule and progress through the program together.
Thacker said the Business Administration program is a mixture of hybrid courses, which means both in-class and online instruction. Students will need access to an Internet connection and be comfortable with using a computer to submit assignments online. The classes will be offered in the Weekend College based on the Blountville campus scheduled on Friday nights and Saturdays. Some courses will meet the entire semester, while others will be held in seven-week blocks. Students completing the program will earn an Associate of Science degree and 60 hours of transferable college credit.
The fall 2014 semester classes include Principles of Accounting I, Composition I, Computer Applications, Composition II, and Probability and Statistics. The accounting course meets the entire semester, while the other classes are seven-weeks long.
“You build relationships and camaraderie with the other students in your cohort – there’s strength in that, especially when you’re going through all the things non-traditional students experience with balancing school, life, and work,” said Jennifer Thacker, a cohort and academic support specialist at Northeast State. “The cohort is a great format because it helps students to push toward common goals and accomplishments,” Thacker said.
Because of special requirements, students interested in the new program must contact Ms. Thacker at 423.354.5187 or jgthacker@NortheastState.edu to register for classes.