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Business Administration A.A.S.

The Business Administration A.A.S. program is designed for students who want to enter the workforce upon completion of an applied program of study. Nearly two-thirds of the required courses for this program are in core business subjects, which provide students with a broad academic background in business. The balance of the program consists of courses required in the liberal arts and sciences, to promote skills in writing, critical thinking, cultural and global awareness, and quantitative reasoning. Although the A.A.S. degree program is designed for students who want to begin their career after graduation, many who earn this degree can transfer to four-year business programs in the Capital Region.

Key distinguishing features of this program include faculty commitment to infusing applied learning into core courses, business community involvement in the development and delivery of program curriculum, and the opportunity for students to complete internships locally or with the Walt Disney World Corporation.

Sales Skills Matter – to Everyone

SUNY Schenectady County Community College and Winning Process, LLC dba Sandler Training of the Greater Capital Region of NY have joined forces to bring professional sales training to the College’s business students. Sandler Training is one of the leading sales training and leadership development companies in the world. Their innovative training programs have been developed, tested, and proven effective for over 50 years by professionals around the world in every industry. The Sandler Selling System and reinforcement training process have made Sandler synonymous with sales success.

  • Under the partnership, the 3-credit Sales and Service Course (MGT 215) is offered by SUNY Schenectady and taught by a certified professional trainer from Sandler Training, with oversight by a full-time faculty member in the College’s Business program. This unique opportunity is available for matriculated students in the Business Administration A.A.S. and Entrepreneurship Certificate programs.
  • Some of the topics covered in the course include:
  • Establishing rapport with prospects
  • Uncovering the prospect’s need, budget, and decision-making process
  • Making effective presentations
  • Improving your attitude, behavior, and technique
  • Creating an effective prospecting plan

“We are looking forward to preparing these young men and women to walk out of SUNY Schenectady with a skill set to make an immediate impact,” said Matt Scarchilli, owner of Winning Process, LLC, dba Sandler Training of the Greater Capital District of NY. “We are all in sales, whether we are selling our idea to internal customers or external customers. The Sandler Selling System puts a process and system into place to help people be more successful.”

So, You Want to Start a Business?

Gain Valuable Insight from Local Business Owners and Advisors to Help Your Dream Become a Reality

SUNY Schenectady and the Capital Region Chamber of Commerce have a unique partnership in place for students enrolled in the Business Administration A.A.S. Program or the Entrepreneurship Certificate to take the Chamber’s Entrepreneur Boot Camp class for three college credits. The course is listed as BUS 252 – Business Plan Development in the SUNY Schenectady Catalog. This award-winning program guides would-be entrepreneurs and existing businesses through the step-by-step process of starting, operating, and managing a business.

During this course, students will have the opportunity to:

  • Receive training and guidance from successful business owners and advisors, including 10 hours of one-on-one consultation time.
  • Learn about the core topics related to successfully starting and growing your business.
  • Work closely with other entrepreneurs and expand your professional network.
  • Develop a complete business plan and related presentation.

The class meets off-campus two nights per week over 12 weeks at the Chamber’s location at Five Computer Drive South in Colonie (just off of Wolf Road). All classes are typically held on Monday’s and Wednesday’s from 5:30 - 9:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Approval by the Division of Business, Criminal Justice and Law and the Capital Region Chamber of Commerce is required to enroll in this course.

For more information, please contact SUNY Schenectady Professor Matthew Farron ( or visit the Entrepreneur Boot Camp website.

Stand Out From the Crowd!

Apply Classroom Learning in Professional Environments with A Business Internship

Eligible SUNY Schenectady Business majors may enhance their classroom experience by completing 135 hours of field work in a supervised professional setting by enrolling in MGT 250, Business Internship. All field work in this 3-credit course incorporates business-related assignments and is supplemented by scheduled meetings with the instructor. Some recent internships sites include the Empire State Aerosciences Museum, Lia Toyota of Colonie, Roarke Custom Builders, and Wealth Advisory Group.

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