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Cooperative Education 

Cooperative Education is a college experience in which students work part-time, acquire academic credit along with on-the-job training, and are paid for the work they do. Occasionally, students are allowed to volunteer their time where the experience is considered valuable and the sponsor is unable to pay them.

For career students, Cooperative Education offers an opportunity to gain experience in their chosen field and to audition for a potential full-time employer.

Cooperative Education courses are available in the following business programs:

  • Accounting
  • Business Management
  • Criminal Justice
  • Golf Management
  • International Business
  • Law Enforcement
  • Marketing
  • Paralegal Studies

Articulated Credit 

RVCC has three high school outreachprograms available:

1) Senior Year Option / Dual Enrollment ? qualified high schoolseniors enroll in and take courses at RVCC as part of their highschool load;

  • students pay $25 application fee (if it is their first timeapplying to RVCC) and a $150 course fee; additional courses are atfull tuition

2) High School Scholars / Early Credits ? qualified high schoolstudents, could be juniors or seniors, enroll in and take coursesat RVCC outside of their high school course load

  • students pay $25 application fee (if it is their first timeapplying to RVCC) and a $150 course fee; additional courses are atfull tuition

3) Concurrent Enrollment ? qualified high school juniors orseniors enroll in RVCC courses that get held at the high school aspart of the high school day.

  • students pay $25 application fee (if it is their first timeapplying to RVCC) and the full course tuition; all other fees arewaived

In each case, students must meet both their high school?s andRVCC?s definition of ?qualified,? and so they must obtain thesignature of their high school guidance counselor and an RVCCacademic advisor before enrolling in class. They must register as anon-matriculated part-time student; and they may apply thesecredits to a degree program at RVCC or transfer the credits toanother institution.

Service Learning 

Service Learning at Raritan Valley Community College givesstudents the opportunity to serve the community as part of theiracademic course work. The faculty in certain courses offer studentsthe option of volunteering at a community site as a courseassignment or as an extra-credit project. In community-basedcourses, all enrolled students do volunteer work as one of thecourse requirements.

The faculty member sets the specific requirements, but incourses in which Service Learning is an option, most studentsperform about 30 hours of volunteer work during the semester.Students also reflect and report on their experience in a journal,papers, and/or classroom discussions.

Some past Service Learning volunteer activities in the BusinessAdministration Department include:

  • Accounting services;
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution assistance;
  • Marketing surveys and data collection;
  • Assistance in formation of business and marketing plans;
  • Assistance in simplifying statutory language forbrochures.

Honors Program 

An Honors course enriches and challenges students beyond acourse's regular scope and curriculum. Depending on the discipline,many courses are conducted in seminar fashion, and all provideindividualized attention. Honors courses offer sophisticated use ofresearch; introduce intellectually stimulating reading and criticalperspectives; promote a higher level of discussion and writtenwork; and encourage independent study and critical thinking. AnHonors course is a privileged domain, where creativity and the freeexchange of ideas are nurtured among other like-mindedstudents.

The Business & Public Service Department participates in theHonors program by providing the following courses:

Accounting Using Microcomputers (ACCT 225) - Honors Option 

The Honors Option student will participate in the EnhancedLearning program of the college. In this program, the student workson a project with a small business (under the auspices of the SmallBusiness Development Center). The project, in line with the subjectmatter of the course, will relate in some way to the use ofQuickBooks in the small business. This may take the form of settingup the business to use QuickBooks; instructing the small businessowner in the use of QuickBooks or interpretation of its reports;customizing an existing installation of QuickBooks; or somecombination of the preceding.

Business Law II (BUSI 132) - Honors Option

The Honors Option for this course is designed to enrich andchallenge students beyond the regular scope of the course. Thehonors project will require a student to, in consultation with theinstructor, develop a research project in an area of law that holdsspecial interest for the student (this project is not done bynon-honors students in the class). Since Business Law II is asurvey course, the content provides the student with many optionsfor in depth study. At the culmination of the project, the studentwill produce a research paper on an emerging topic in the area oflaw of their choosing. In addition, they will conduct aninformation discussion with the class about their research andtheir findings. 

Entrepreneurship and Beyond (BUSI225) - HonorsOption

The honors option for this course willenhance the working knowledge required to manage a small businessemphasizing the real-world financing of entrepreneurship, mergersand acquisitions, while introducing the academic rigor and priordemonstrated excellence in the discipline that is characteristic ofHonors courses. The Honors Option for this course requires a)specialized research (in the areas of merger and acquisitions), b)a study project that assesses economic feasibility in a globalcontext, and c) face-to-face interaction with entrepreneurs (in aninterview and a lecture evaluation).

Honors Macroeconomics (ECON101H)

Like the regular introduction to Macroeconomics, this courseintroduces students to the foundations of economic theory and willcover issues such as unemployment, economic growth, and inflation.This Honors course, however, will also examine such topics as themacroeconomic effects of international trade in more detail thanthe regular course. Moreover, it will look into the cutting edgeidea that continual economic growth might not only be unfeasible,but also intrinsically undesirable; that is, the class will examinethe possibilities for stopping economic growth and at the same timeimproving material well-being even by conventional standards.

Macroeconomics (ECON 101) -Honors Option 

The Honors Option for this course is designed to enrich andchallenge students beyond the regular scope of the course. Thehonors project will require a student to, in consultation with theinstructor, develop a research project in an area of macroeconomicsthat holds special interest for the student (this project is notdone by non-honors students in the class). Since Macroeconomics isa survey course, the content provides the student with many optionsfor in depth study. At the culmination of the project, the studentwill produce a research paper on a topic in the area of theirchoosing.

Microeconomics (ECON 102) -Honors Option 

The Honors Option for this course is designed to enrich andchallenge students beyond the regular scope of the course. Thehonors project will require a student to, in consultation with theinstructor, develop a research project in an area of macroeconomicsthat holds special interest for the student (this project is notdone by non-honors students in the class). Since Microeconomics isa survey course, the content provides the student with many optionsfor in depth study. At the culmination of the project, the studentwill produce a research paper on a topic in the area of theirchoosing.

Marketing I (MRKT101) - Honors Option

In addition to the basic requirements of the course, studentsregistering for the Honors Option will be required to do anadditional project related to a marketing issue. The topic will bechosen by the student with approval of the instructor. The projectscan involve a ?real life? project with the Enhanced or ServiceLearning programs, or an in-depth study/research paper on amarketing topic.

Students must meet the requirements of the Honors program toenroll in these classes, generally a minimum GPA of 3.5 andcompletion of at least two credit-bearing courses (6 credits),earned either at RVCC or at another institution of higher learning.Visit Raritan Valley Community College's Honors Program WebPage for more information.

 

Business Simulation Seminar 

Prerequisites: ACCT 104 ManagerialAccounting, BUSI 111 Introduction to Business Administration, BUSI131 Business Law I, ECON 101 Macroeconomics and SophomoreStanding.

This course is designed to be a capstone course for the AAS degreeprograms in Accounting, Accounting Information Systems, BusinessManagement, Financial Services, International Business, andMarketing. The course will give students a comprehensive view ofbusiness strategies by integrating knowledge and skills acquiredfrom the various business disciplines into one class. An onlinebusiness simulation program will be used as the basis of thecourse. Working in groups, students will manage a mock business,and compete against each other to run the most efficient businesspossible. This course is designed to enhance student awareness ofboth internal and external factors that influence strategicdecision making in organizations.




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