Registration begins April 17 for Yavapai College’s Bachelor of Science in Business degree, the first at a rural Arizona community college to be offered since the state approved such programs two years ago.
The four-year, entirely online program will offer three concentrations in curriculum: organizational management and leadership, accounting and entrepreneurship.
YC President Lisa Rhine said the new program will be affordable and convenient for county residents.
“This degree can instantly transform lives, help them reach a higher job level, increase their wages, start something new, grow something current, and most importantly, not be gouged with financial or travel burdens,” she said. “We want our students to graduate from YC, and we want them to stay in Yavapai County.”
The program is open to new and continuing students as well as graduates. It requires 120 credit hours for completion, which equates to a typical four-year degree schedule.
Accelerated eight-week courses also will be offered in August, October, January, March and June. The nationwide Higher Learning Commission granted accreditation for the degree program in March.
Students will pay $155 per credit hour for upper-division classes, or about 45 out of the total required. No further student fees will be charged, and there will be no textbook fees, with the course using Open Educational Resources (OER).
Classes are set to start Aug. 12. Information and applications are available at www.yc.edu/v6/schools/bucs/bsb.html.
YC has six locations and offers more than 100 degrees and certificates. It’s planning to launch a second four-year degree program, a bachelor of science in nursing, in fall 2024.