Asnuntuck Community College’s Business Department is offering new opportunities and courses to its students. These new additions and enhanced course offerings come in response to the dialogue the department has had with members of their advisory board, the area business community and The Town of Enfield. According to Business Department Coordinator Heidi Fitzgerald the department will be expanding their internship opportunities by partnering with the Town of Enfield. The college is anticipating that these partnerships for business and accounting students will offers practical learning experiences with supervision in Town of Enfield offices. According to Fitzgerald these workplace scenarios will provide students with a real world experience in place of a business elective. The ultimate goal is to provide students with the necessary skills and tools to be competitive in the workplace.
The college will be offering a Business Communication course in the spring to again help students enhance skills that the business community has voiced are sometimes lacking in today’s workplace. Fitzgerald said while the class will be similar to a traditional public speaking class the course will be enhanced with students both writing and presenting business related papers. Students will learn how to write professional letters, do research for reports, prepare PowerPoints and ultimately learn how to communicate effectively in business.
Another new offering being taught at the college this spring is a Special Topics Course: Leadership. According to the course’s instructor Professor Nick Lefakis the class is valuable for any student interested in leadership theory. It is also appropriate for students who are in a management level position or those seeking to be in that type of position. Lefakis said the course is also helpful for those interested in social activism or participating in political activity.
According to Lefakis, “The course provides exercises which will afford students the opportunity to gain an appreciation for the diversity and the implications of leadership from both past and current perspectives.” He adds, “The course will conclude with the student exploring their personal philosophy of leadership and a plan to implement this philosophy of leadership.”
In addition to courses ACC also offers students additional practical, hands-on opportunities and activities, through its Business Club. Assistant Professor of Business Sam Irizarry serves as the club’s advisor. Activities are planned and organized by students. The club recently completed a food drive for the Enfield Food Shelf where they collected 390 pounds of food from students, staff, faculty and community. They will sponsor upcoming resume workshops and host guest speakers.
Classes for ACC’s spring semester begin on January 22nd. Registration is underway now. Business Communication will be offered on Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. – 9:25 p.m. Special Topics: Leadership will be offered on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:30 p.m.-1:50 p.m. An accelerated online Wintersession will begin on December 29th and end January 15th. Ten courses, including Principles of Management, will be offered during the session. Visit www.asnuntuck.edu to learn more about all that ACC has to offer.