Jul 21, 2024  
2024-2025 Course Catalog 
    
2024-2025 Course Catalog

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Entrepreneurship, Certificate

Location(s): Ankeny, Urban/Des Moines



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An increasing number of people are realizing the rewards and challenges of owning their own businesses. The Entrepreneurship program will help you create or improve your plans to be successful in owning or operating a Small-Business. Although you may have the technical skills, or be very knowledgeable about a certain industry, the entrepreneurship program emphasizes how your passion and skills tie into the day-to-day operation of a business. In addition, this flexible program is designed to impact students in their work environments in the real world, regardless of whether you start a business or not! This is accomplished through various innovative marketing strategies, current creative financing methods and employee development skills. The program also emphasizes personal development in accounting, supervision, communication and relationship management. To make it convenient for today’s busy students, courses are being offered during the day, evening and online.

Program Details


Students may start any semester


Graduation Requirements


To earn an Entrepreneurship certificate, a student must complete all required coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

Total Credits Required to Complete this Certificate - 25*


*Total credits are calculated using the least number of credits need to satisfy the option requirements.

These credits are applicable to the Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, AAS  .

Fixed Costs


Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$193.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs


Costs Semester 1 Semester 2
Books (approx) 700 700

The average for books by term varies per course.

Approximate total for program $6,225**

**Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.

What Kind of Work Will You Do?


  • Possibility of starting your own business.
  • Assist management in small business operations.
  • Provide information and suggestions to management, coworkers and/or customers.
  • Communicate in person, by telephone, or in writing with management, coworkers and/or customers.
  • Hire personnel, direct, supervise and evaluate their work.
  • Sell products or services to customers.
  • Create, coordinate and communicate solutions to work environment or for customers.
  • May be responsible for information management to include small computer operation, typing, data entry, report preparation and documentation.

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?


  • Maintain good working relations with customers, coworkers and management.
  • Communicate effectively and persuasively.
  • Work independently, solve problems and make decisions.
  • Address the public in person and on the telephone.
  • Demonstrate self-discipline, initiative, creative insight and good judgment.
  • Demonstrate willingness to learn broad business concepts and policies.

What Else Should I Consider About this Specialist Certificate?


  • Reading, communication and math skills must be at college level to gain maximum benefit from classes.
  • For career advancement and advanced position placement, it is important that students continue college coursework beyond the two-year program.
  • For transferability to four-year colleges and universities, it is important that students work closely with advisors and admissions counselors.
  • Average starting salary $31,000 (2010-2011 Placement Report).

NOTE: The average starting salary of an Entrepreneur can vary depending on what business you go into and how successful it is. However, the average reported salary for graduates with this major is $39,096 with a mid-career salary of $85,275 (source College Factual… Entrepreneurial Studies 2017)

Program Competencies


At the completion of the Entrepreneurship Certificate, students will be able to:

  1. Examine introductory business applications and strategies needed to start and operate a small business,
  2. Complete entrepreneurship preparation and feasibility analysis
  3. Prepare a business plan
  4. Evaluate the intricacies of marketing their company’s products and services
  5. Critique managing a business operation
  6. Assess financial concepts including balance sheets and income statements

Nondiscrimination Statement


Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in nor allow discrimination covered by law against any person, group or organization. This includes in its programs, activities, employment practices, or hiring practices, and harassment or discrimination based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information (in employment) and actual or potential parental, family or marital status. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law. Lack of English language proficiency will not be a barrier to admission and participation in career and technical education programs.

Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Executive Campus Dean’s office, the Executive Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. ADA questions and concerns may be directed to the Section 504/ADA Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 6, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6857, dso@dmacc.edu. Title IX questions and concerns may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 1, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6216, Title9@dmacc.edu. Questions or complaints about this policy may be directed to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczysnki Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, phone 312/730-1560, fax 312/730-1576, TDD 800-877-8339 Email OCR.Chicago@ed.gov.

DMACC offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study:
Agriculture, Natural and Environmental Science
Architecture, Engineering, and Construction
Arts, Design, and Visual Communication
Business, Management, and Marketing
Education, Public, and Human Services
Health Science
Hospitality and Culinary
Information Technology
Manufacturing
Transportation & Logistics

Entrance requirements for specific programs can be found at Academic Pathway website.(2024)

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