A unique approach
The Business program at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is not just like other college Business degrees. To uniquely position the program and give students a competitive edge, core courses are presented from an American Indian cultural perspective. Students learn essential business skills that can be used successfully in the multi disciplinary conditions of both American Indian and non Indian workplace situations.
The mission of the Business Department is to provide students with an opportunity to be trained in a broad range of business skills designed to allow students to adapt to the multi-disciplinary conditions commonly experienced in workplace environments. Students are provided with analytical and communication skills within an enriched professional and ethical learning environment that will prepare them to become leaders in the modern world.
The multiple degree and certificate options benefit students interested in most business-related professions, including business administration, small business development and entrepreneurship, economics, banking and finance, international business, sales, management, tribal management, accounting, and marketing.
Graduates can look forward to a job market that is very good. Current labor market information indicates an ongoing need for professionals trained in a wide range of business skills.
Students have excellent access to computer resources, state of the art science laboratories, computer labs, and high-tech classrooms as well as business calculators. Well qualified faculty and the multi cultural environment at the college offer opportunities that no other college can provide.
American Indian Business Leaders
Business students have the opportunity to participate in American Indian Business Leaders (AIBL), a campus-wide student organization. AIBL is the only national American Indian non profit organization dedicated solely to empowering American Indian business students in the United States. AIBL empowers students to engage in business activities that build leadership skills, generate community involvement, and promote economic self sufficiency from a culturally relevant perspective.
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College students have established a reputation for success in national competitions. The club has been named national Chapter of the Year on multiple occasions, and student teams have won competitions covering business-related plans, projects, and tasks. A former graduate of the program was named national American Indian Business Leaders Student of the Year, and the club advisor has been named national American Indian Business Leaders Advisor of the Year.
Kaffiend’s Korner is the student-operated coffee shop on campus, completely organized and managed by the AIBL students. The AIBL students have been successfully operating the coffee shop since December 2005. Students work in the coffee shop throughout the school year, and the profits are used for club activities such as expenses related to sending teams to the national competitions.
In addition to brewing the coffee and maintaining a tidy customer service area, students gain first-hand practical experience ordering and tracking supplies and inventory, creating marketing and pricing strategies, developing a budget, and tracking sales and customer comments. It makes for a beyond-the-classroom learning experience that helps students apply textbook business principles in a real setting where cash flow and profits are on the line.
A wide range of opportunities
The Business program offers several degree and certificate options across a range of business specializations. The different programs provide convenient flexibility to students who may want to explore a variety of business-related subjects. Seeking the best preparation for a successful career, many students choose to complete multiple degree and certificate programs.
Associate of Science degree
Associate of Arts degree
- courses offered online
Small Business and Entrepreneurship
For more information, contact:
Bryan Jon Maciewski
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
2101 14th Street
Cloquet, MN 55720
| Degree and Program Options
Program planners and degree checklists can be read and printed at the page located here. Degree requirements and course are subject to change. Students should consult with an advisor/counselor when registering for courses.
Certificates provide focused training in specialized areas. Certificates are designed to be completed in a short period of time and are based on entry level business concepts and skills. Certificates are part of the two-year associate degree plans. Certificate programs are available in three areas of Business.
- Finance (15 credits)
- Small Business & Entrepreneurship (15 credits)
- Business Management (17 credits)
Bachelor of Science degree
Students completing an associate of science or associate of arts degree may choose to continue their education and complete a bachelor of science degree on campus at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. The upper-division courses offered by Bemidji State University are in an online format with support from Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College tutors and faculty.
This unique collaboration provides students with the opportunity to earn an associate of science degree, an associate of arts degree, a bachelor of science degree from Bemidji State University, and three specialty certificates in Finance, Small Business & Entrepreneurship, and Business Management.
An associate of arts degree from Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is required for transfer into the articulated degree program at Bemidji State University. Students must complete the following courses as part of the associate of arts or associate of science degree program at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College or do so prior to transferring into the Bemidji State University Bachelor of Science Business Administration Entrepreneur/Small Business Management program.
Selected Course Descriptions
BUS 1001 Introduction to Business
This course is designed to give students an introduction to contemporary business concepts in such areas as business management, human resource management, marketing, accounting, finance, and the future scope of business. Students will receive a broad overview as to what is involved in the various areas of business as well as the ability to experience how these concepts relate to the real world.
BUS 1035 Database and Data Spreadsheets
Provides hands on computer experience to learn the commands, functions, database capabilities, and use of macros (short programs) of an electronic software program. These spreadsheets are useful for business, accounting, engineering, science, and personal record keeping. Introduces the concept of a computerized data base management system and how this powerful management tool can be used in various business applications, data base concepts, and its practical application to business problems. The student will build and maintain a number of databases utilizing a popular Data Base Management System (DBMS).
BUS 1050 Business Mathematics
A thorough review of fundamental operations with special emphasis on the practical application of mathematics, decimals, fractions, and percentages.
BUS 1064 Customer Service
The purpose of this course is to develop the student’s ability to treat customers properly and respectfully. Topics include: telephone courtesy, listening under pressure, assertive problem solving, dealing with the irate customer, winning customers through service, and games customers and customer service people play.
BUS 1072 Topics in Successful Entrepreneurs
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to successful Native American entrepreneurs. This is a study of how a group of Native Americans combined traditional Native values with contemporary business practices and were successful. Students will demonstrate knowledge by developing a major case study of an area Native American entrepreneur.
BUS 1080 Personal Finance
An overview of personal and family financial planning with an emphasis on financial record keeping, planning your spending, tax planning, consumer credit, making buying decisions, purchasing decisions, purchasing insurance, selecting investments, and retirement and estate planning.
BUS 2020 Principles of Management
A broad based course in management fundamentals as they apply to management as a career. Includes the study of current philosophies and approaches as they apply to the successful practice of this profession. This course is designed to give a foundation in basic management practices. The course includes a study of current management principles and motivational/leadership skills that may be utilized in the business world.
BUS 2036 Money and Banking
An exploration of the role of financial institutions and markets with discussions regarding the Federal Reserve system and its control of the commercial banking system, monetary theory and policy, and international economics.
BUS 2037 Topics in Tribal Finance
The course will examine the basic financial management of tribal organizations. An extensive examination of historical documents; treaties, acts of Congress, etc. will be presented to ensure the student’s understanding of the unique relationship that exists between American Indian tribes and federal government. Topics of discussion will also include a comparison of tribal and non tribal organizations.
BUS 2038 Financial Statement Analysis
This course covers the basic principles used in analyzing borrower financial statements and budgets as performed by a credit analyst. Upon completion the student will be proficient in reading and analyzing financial statements. Topics include analysis of income statements, balance sheets, funds flow, risk, cash flow projections, capital accounts and financial ratios.
BUS 2040 The Legal Environment of Business
This course focuses on the consideration of the forms and functions of law in society with an emphasis on public law and the regulation of business activities.
BUS 2060 Introduction to Business Plan Development
The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with how small businesses are created, operate, and function in the American economy. Students will demonstrate knowledge by developing a formal business plan suitable for a small business start up.
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Business Management Certificate
Office Technology Certificate