A few years ago we highlighted the work being done at Columbia Basin College in Pasco, Wash., a two-year school looking to branch out and offer a bachelor of applied science (BAS) in applied management. CBC needed to quantify the occupational demand for its proposed program, and EMSI was able to provide the necessary data (and a socioeconomic impact report showing that the program would have a high return on investment for state taxpayers).
Just this week, CBC received word that its BAS program is fully accredited. The first graduating class will receive diplomas in June.
This passage from an article in the Tri-City Herald hints at how EMSI data proved useful:
When CBC got the green light to develop a bachelor’s program, it looked at what’s needed around the Tri-Cities.
“We saw about 80 or 90 job opportunities in Benton and Franklin counties for graduates with a BAS in applied management,” Cummins said.
The degree offered at CBC is basically a business degree that’s geared toward skills needed on the job, as opposed to theory of economics or finance.
Students take courses such as marketing, business finance and how to manage a work force, Cummins said. The CBC program is unique in that it also focuses on business ethics and project management.
An associate’s degree in applied science is a prerequisite to be accepted into the selective program, Cummins said.
Typically, students have been working in a career and have found they can’t advance further without a bachelor’s degree.