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Business Management A.A.S.
Why Choose Business Management A.A.S. at CLC?

Central Lakes College Business Management graduates continue to score above the national average on the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) General Management Assessment.

College in the Schools (CIS) partners include thirteen area high schools offering CLC Business Department courses.

Bridges Academy High Schools create career pathways to the Business Management AAS Degree. 85% of Business Management degree requirements can be completed through online instruction.

The Business Management faculty have over 90 years of combined industry and education experience.

Strong career placement.

Our AAS degree allows students to transfer their full degree to a BAS degree at Mayville State University, ND

The BAS in Business Administration allows students with an an AAS degree to easily transfer their credits into a four-year degree program

About the Program

Remember when you thought anything was possible? We believe anything is possible and we want to help you build your Business Management future. Business Management degrees continue to lead the nation as the number one choice of study in higher education. Students in the Business Management A.A.S. program receive hands-on, skill-based business training that is practical and relevant for today's competitive global marketplace.

Tom Reese
Tom Reese has over 37 years of combined industry and education experience including self-employment. He has completed education degrees from North Hennepin Community College and the University of St. Thomas. Tom's special business interests include entrepreneurship, stock market investing, and financial portfolio management. Tom enjoys family activities in the great outdoors, is an enthusiastic sports fan, and avid golfer.
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Pat Swarthout
Pat Swarthout graduated from Rochester Community College with an A.A. degree and from St. Cloud State University with a degree in Marketing Education. He also completed some graduate classes at the University of Minnesota. Pat has a combination of over 35 years experience in education and private/public industry. During his career with Central Lakes College, Pat has conducted training seminars for over 50 organizations throughout Minnesota in Sales, Marketing, and Customer Service.
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Debra McCarthy
Debra McCarthy received her Associate of Arts degree from Northland Community College. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational Education from Bemidji State University and her Master of Arts in Business Management from The College of St. Scholastica. Deb has over thirty years combined industry and education experience.
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Student Testimonials
Surfer Girl, Bali, Indonesia
Having the opportunity to study Business Management at CLC was quite an experience. In addition to learning about Business Management, I was able to learn about American culture. I found this experience very useful in my job and personal life. Surfer Girl, Bali, Indonesia
Business Management Graduate
The knowledge gained throughout the Business Management Program, along with the instructor guidance in applying this knowledge, is priceless to anybody that is interested in running their own business in the future, managing someone else's business, or wanting additional knowledge to help them run their current business more effectively.

PHR, Pro Staff Branch Manager
I have had many wonderful experiences dealing with the Business Department at Central Lakes College. When I am seeking talented people to work in business, I contact the instructors and they help me out by sharing the opportunity with their students. The students that I have worked with from Central Lakes College have been ready to start working in the business world. It is great to see them utilize their education outside of school. Thank you Central Lakes College Business Department for working with me to provide excellent students with great career opportunities in the Brainerd Lakes Area!

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