Business, Accounting and Economics
Business principles run our global economy, from tiny nonprofits to Fortune 500 companies, from small business owners to foreign enterprises. If you're interested in joining an established organization or starting your own company, an Allegany College of Maryland Business, Accounting or Economics degree is your powerful first step. With your degree, you'll find possible career options at large corporations, small businesses, banks, colleges, government agencies, hospitals, and nonprofits.
Our Programs are Flexible and Current for Today's Job Market and Four-Year Colleges
Our Business, Accounting and Economics degree programs, like business itself, are ever-evolving to keep up with the times. Whether you concentrate in accounting, marketing, management or other popular business fields, we offer flexible programs tailored to your needs.
We Offer Several Ways to Complete Classes and Programs
From day or evening classes in traditional classroom settings to state-of-the-art distance learning facilities, to online course options, we make it easy for you to succeed. We even offer an online degree program in Business Administration, and classes at area high schools and businesses.
We Are Innovative in Helping Our Students Learn
You learn business through hands-on demonstrations and experiments, individual and group projects, case studies, podcasts, and web site analysis. For example, you'll conduct blind taste tests in Intro to Business, engineer assembly lines in Principles of Microeconomics, and prepare mock courtroom arguments in Business Law. Other past projects include: marketing research/analysis for local companies, group analysis of a business ethics case, and preparing accounting records for an imaginary business.
You Will Gain Knowledge About Business and Much More
In addition to the business knowledge you'll gain from our programs through coursework, field trips, and hands-on projects, you'll learn communication, teamwork, interpersonal, analytical, computer, leadership and problem-solving skills. Our Business Management students also complete a 100-hour field placement in a variety of businesses, including banks, hotels, hospitals, government agencies, retailers, manufacturers, and accounting firms. Many of these placements have turned into job offers upon graduation.
You may choose to join Phi Beta Lambda, a national affiliate of the Future Business Leaders of America. As a member of Phi Beta Lambda, you may attend the annual conference in Baltimore, engage in service activities, such as the March of Dimes or ACM Help for Haiti, and participate in regional competitions.
If you choose to continue your studies at a four-year college or university, you'll find that your Allegany College of Maryland business credits transfer to many schools.
As a Business, Accounting or Economics program student, you'll expand your knowledge and gain career training through a variety of challenging courses, including:
- Intro to Business
- Financial Accounting
- Personal Finance
- Business Professionalism and Ethics
- Business Law
- Principles of Management
- Principles of Marketing
- Principles of Macroeconomics
- Managerial Accounting
- Field Placement
Graduates of Business, Accounting or Economics programs are in high demand in today's competitive job market. (The American Association of Community Colleges identified business as a "hot" program in terms of significant market demand for graduating students.) Once you have completed your two year associates degree with ACM, you'll want to consider finishing your bachelor's degree in business, accounting, or economics at a four-year college or university. An option for transfer is available with our 3-to-1 degree completion program with Saint Francis University. Students complete a third year at ACM before transferring to Saint Francis University to complete their bachelor of science degree in Organizational Leadership.
Possible career options in the business field include positions in:
- Accounting and Auditing
- Advertising and Public Relations
- Brand Management
- Budget Analyst
- Commercial Banking
- Corporate Finance
- Distribution Channel Manager
- Financial Analyst
- International Marketing
- Investment Banking
- Loan Officer
- Management Consultant
- Market Research
- New Product Planning
- Nonprofit Management
- Product Management
- Real Estate
- Retail Management
- Sales and Sales Managers
*Some careers may require a bachelor's degree, further education or additional training.
View Salary Information from the U.S. Dept. of Labor
RECENT SURVEY SHOWS STRONG NEED FOR BUSINESSPEOPLE IN THE CUMBERLAND/BEDFORD/SOMERSET AREAS
The Greater Cumberland Committee, an organization consisting of business owners and executives in a six-county area (including Allegany, Bedford and Somerset), recently conducted a survey of businesses to obtain information about the business climate in its area. The survey had 172 respondents.
One of the questions was: Q13 Please indicate which skill-sets are needed by your workforce or which skills you have identified as being in short supply.
As you can see from the list below, three of the top four skills areas needed or in short supply are in business. 40% of the respondents stated that Management/Leadership skills were needed in the local workforce or are in short supply; 37% said Sales/Customer Service; 33% said Business/Accounting.
Local businesses need people with business skills!!
- Management/Leadership 40%
- Sales/Customer Service 37%
- Office Skills 33%
- Business/Accounting 33%
- Computer Software/Applications 28%
- General Maintenance 28%
- Building Maintenance 25%
- Project Management 23%
- Electrical/Electronics 20%
- Hospitality 19%
- Blueprint Reading 19%
- Other 15%
- Computer Programming 15%
- Skilled Trades 14%
- Computer Aided Drafting and Design 13%
- A/C, Heating, and Refrigeration 12%
- Welding 11%
- Integrated Systems Technology 10%
- Heavy Equipment Operator 9%
- Machining 8%
- Graphic Arts and Imaging 8%
- Environmental/Hazmat 8%
- Lean/Six Sigma/Process Improvement 7%
- Health Information and Medical Records 7%
- Truck Driving 7%
- Nursing 7%
- Mechanical Engineering 7%
- Medical Assisting 5%
- Civil Engineering/Surveying 4%
- Physical/Occupational Therapist 3%
- Phlebotomy 3%
- Engineering Technologies/ Robotics 3%
- Medical Laboratory Testing 2%
- Child Care 2%
- Paralegal 2%
- Mining 2%
- Chemical/Biotech 2%
- Veterinary Assistant/Technician 0%
For complete survey results HERE. (Click on Regional Education and Workforce Survey Results)
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