Onondaga Community College’s School of Business offers recession-proof degrees in Syracuse and Liverpool, New York. OCC is excited about helping you succeed before you even get to college with sessions on Creating Your New Future and OCC 101. It has found creative ways to overcome common barriers to earning a higher degree. A financial aid team will assist you in paying for college, and child care is available on-campus. Need to work during the week and attend classes on the weekend? The weekend college has a seat waiting for you! Professors bring relevant experience to the classrooms, and a success coach can work with you during individual sessions on time management and study skills. So, what are you waiting for?
The SoB offers three associate’s degrees: Business Administration, Business Technology, and Hospitality Management. These degrees can be earned with the goal of beginning an entry-level career or as the first step in earning a bachelor’s degree. The Business Administration’s holistic curriculum features relevant courses in accounting, economics, law, management, and marketing. After taking these introductory business courses, students can dive deeper into the fields that appealed the most to them with allotted electives. This program can be completed at an accelerated pace on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings through the weekend college. The accelerated schedule for this program consists of three full semesters and a summer semester. Classes are offered in seven-week sessions during long semesters and five-week sessions during the summer. All students enrolled in the weekend college are eligible for a scholarship on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The Business Technology program focuses on essential career skills, such as reducing labor costs and increasing productivity. Additionally, students will choose electives such as Management Information Systems, Small Business Management, and Credit Union Management. Hospitality Management students receive 400-hours of professional on-the-job training to ensure they are ready for a career in foodservice, culinary, hospitality, or hotel management. New York is the ideal setting to gain experience in these specialties from world-class chefs to five-star hotel establishments.
Students can enrich their college experience by living in a “Living Learning Community” with peers pursuing the same major. Volunteer opportunities, service-learning projects, and internships allow students to connect the knowledge they’ve learned in the classroom into hands-on practice. Many courses already have service-learning embedded into the course, but for those that don’t, students can apply for a service-learning contract. A special SL designation will appear on a student’s transcript next to each course in which a service-learning project was completed.
The Career and Applied Learning Center assists students in all aspects of the job search, including walk-in resume writing clinics, workshops on making the most of a job fair, and a fashion show with proper interview attire. Every spring, students can put their best foot forward at the Job and Experience Fair, as they meet 75 prospective employers. Male students can polish their image through the Extraordinary Men of Distinction Program. The benefits of this program include mentoring, career workshops, and social events.