Lethbridge College is rebranding one of three majors offered in its Business Administration diploma program. As of Fall 2022, the General Business major will be renamed Business Operations.
The two-year diploma includes a common first year, followed by the choice of one of three majors in the second year: Business Operations, Management and Accounting.
The change from General Business to Business Operations stems from data collected during a recent program review as well as feedback provided by industry partners. Changing the title of the major also aligns with the original intent of the program – to include courses that provide the organizational and entrepreneurial knowledge required to oversee day-to-day business operations.
“The name change will make the focus of the major more obvious to potential students,” says Marda Schindeler, Associate Dean, Centre for Business, Arts and Sciences. “It also better highlights the wide-ranging curriculum of the Business Administration diploma while maintaining a connection with the reputation and recognition of the existing qualification.”
In addition to the name change, there will be a minor curriculum adjustment to increase the number of business courses taken in the second year of the program. Courses in the common first year will stay the same, but year two will now include a core three-credit course called Project Management. It will involve a capstone project and work-integrated learning opportunities so students can gain industry experience.
“Lethbridge College Business grads are everywhere,” says James Reimer, School of Business chair. “Our programs have a great reputation for getting grads jobs because of our focus on theory into practice, and now all three of our Business diplomas will incorporate work-integrated learning. Our Accounting and Management majors are well-recognized, but our industry partners agreed the General Business major could be improved. We are very excited for the new Business Operations major and the fact that we will continue to provide relevant instruction to our students, along with choice of major.”
With transfer agreements in place at institutions across Canada and around the world, students who earn a Business Administration diploma from Lethbridge College also have the option to continue their education and earn a bachelor’s degree.
For more information on the program, visit the Lethbridge College website.