Applied Business

This program prepares students for an exciting career in the field of business. An Associate Degree gives students an opportunity to: lead a team, start a business and develop skills to improve an existing business. 

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Create professional business documents.
  2. Produce professional financial documents.
  3. Provide excellent internal and external customer service. 
  4. Use business software applications proficiently
  5. Be effective, efficient, entry level office professionals.
  6. Demonstrate trustworthiness, confidentiality, dependability, self-motivation, and attitude.



The Applied Business program at Western Colorado Community College features:

  • Technical, interpersonal and soft skill courses that prepare students to enter the workforce. 
  • Course content that is relevant to today's business needs. Training is focused on current business needs, diverse learning styles, hands-on classroom experience and practical program-related work. 
  • Small class sizes ensure students receive the level of instruction needed to excel in today's business world. 
  • Traditional classroom instruction and classes offered at night or online. 
  • Flexible curriculum that includes several one-semester Technical Certificates.
  • An agreement with Colorado Mesa University's Department of Business enabling students who complete a two-year degree to seamlessly move to CMU to earn a Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Administration. 


Career Pathways

Career pathway programs prepare students for employment in industries while also providing a stepping stone to an associate degree, bachelor’s degree and beyond. Learn more about career pathways.

Career Pathways Certificate Length of Program
Administrative Support 1 semester (9 credits)
Business Foundations 1 semesters (9 credits)
Frontline Supervision 2 semesters (18 credits)
Graphic Technology 1 semesters (9 credits)
Marketing Graphic Technology 2 semesters (18 credits)
Office Technology 2 semesters (18 credits)

Gainful Employment

Administrative Office Technology- 52.0407

Applied Business - 52.0407