PORTSMOUTH — After listening to students and industry, Great Bay Community College has added two new tracts to their business administration program to meet employer demand and student interest.
Beginning this fall, the college will offer specialties in sports management and in insurance and risk management as part of their associate of science in business administration degree.
The sports management tract grew out of current and future student interest and GBCC’s expanding athletics programs, which recently added baseball and softball. New courses include sports and facilities management, sports law, sports and recreation tourism, sports and society, and an internship that can be done through GBCC’s athletic department or with an external organization.
“We received a lot of interest about the business of sports from our current students and from high school students in the region,” said Monique Jordan, chair of the business department. “Combined with our recently expanded athletic programming, we believe this is the right time to begin offering this specialty as part of our business administration degree
The risk management & insurance specialty grew out of the business sector’s concern that there was going to be a shortage of individuals trained in this growing field in the coming years. Several area businesses worked with GBCC to identify specific needs within this subject area and agreed to help market the program.
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“There are many growing professional opportunities in the insurance industry and we have crafted specific coursework designed to enable students to gain a better understanding of commercial and personal insurance, claims and agency operations, with a strong emphasis on risk management,” Jordan said. “This program will also have an internship component, and many area companies have already expressed interest in developing internships to provide opportunities for experiential learning
To help support the risk management & insurance program, GBCC was selected as a 2017 recipient of the Robert P. Ashlock Rick Management Development Grant through the Griffith Foundation. The $20,000 grant will be used to hire adjunct faculty and an internship/career advisor for the program launch.
Both programs are currently enrolling students for the fall semester. GBCC has established transfer pathways for the programs so students can seamlessly transfer to area colleges and universities, including the University of New Hampshire, UNH-Manchester, Granite State College, Southern New Hampshire University, University of New England, Maine College of Art, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Colby Sawyer College and Franklin Pierce College.