We support full-time adult students and part-time adult students. Catawba's business degree is flexible to match your schedule and your career goals. You can go to school year round, or take the summer off. You can also take a month off during a semester, and still be a full-time student for financial aid. Our adult business program is designed to give you valuable skills and a strong resume for career advancement. Our Office of Career Services can assist you with your resume to showcase your current employment and your coursework.
Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Business Degree Concentration in Information Systems
EARN YOUR TECHNOLOGY DEGREE AT YOUR CONVENIENCE.
The Information Systems technology program at Catawba College enables working adults to be enrolled as full-time students while attending hybrid classes with face-to-face meetings one evening a week (Thursday) and one Monday evening per month. If you prefer more flexibility, you can complete this degree fully online from any place with internet access — work, home, hotel, your favorite coffee shop, and in between your children's games.
Information technology and systems graduates face a growing robust job market with high average income. Catawba's adult student technology graduates combine technology skills and business management skills that are highly desirable by industry, leading to outstanding flexibility in high-paying job markets.
the BACHELOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION DEGREE IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS
The Bachelor of Business Administration business degree concentration in Information Systems at Catawba College is designed for the working adult in a technology career, or someone who aspires to enter the fast-growing technology departments of larger companies, or someone who wants to understand how to use technology in any business department. You will learn about data mining, data warehousing, knowledge discovery, networks, security, programming, app development, project management, web development, and analytics, some of the hottest technology job markets.
The Information Systems technology concentration also works well with the Business Management concentration, providing sort of a double-major for a stronger resume for high-income career advancement. Being a technology expert is important and knowing how data and systems can support all functions of business is critical. Having the breadth to manage a technology team provides long-term career growth. The added Business Management concentration can often be completed by replacing electives with concentration courses — a true gain for the graduate who ends up with a stronger resume.
information systems career forecast
Catawba's Business graduates oversee technology departments, provide systems and data support, provide data analysis and database management, manage online businesses, and complete project management roles. Small local companies need broad-based experts who can use technology across departments, and larger companies need broad-based experts to manage teams of specialists.
Information Systems graduates from Catawba College are team leaders, managers, directors, and vice presidents. The broad-based Bachelor of Business Administration degree provides the working adult student the knowledge in multiple areas of business needed to make better decisions that help any organization reach its objectives. The information systems technology focus provides a critical area of expertise for all organizations — data is everywhere. A graduate who only knows one function of a business has limited potential; a graduate who knows all functions of a business has unlimited potential.
Your resume will become a powerful tool in your career. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment in the computer information and technology sector will increase by approximately 22% through the year 2020, and the working adult student already has work experience valued by employers.
information systems program highlights
The Information Systems degree program at Catawba College is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), meaning the courses we teach, the way we teach them, and the resources we provide to students in Catawba’s Ketner School of Business adhere to business world best practices. It also means that our faculty constant assess and improve their teaching styles and their curricula to stay in sync with the latest trends and cycles in business.
The faculty at Catawba College bring real-world projects into the classroom, including instruction applicable to popular industry technology certifications. As one example, Information Systems professor, Dr. Pamela Thompson, is conducting research on shark attacks in North Carolina using the same data analytics models you will study her courses. These models can be applied to almost any sequence of events to determine patterns — if they exist.
We believe in small class size; our biggest classes have 24 students. We value personal attention because you value personal attention. You are never left to learn on your own; our faculty are your partners throughout your business degree at Catawba College.
In a time when many programs focus on large self-taught online courses with feedback weeks later, Catawba's hybrid courses have weekly time with your faculty member. Even our online courses have continuous interaction, coaching, and mentoring from the faculty. The faculty for our adult program are carefully selected based on their commitment to the working adult student who has many other responsibilities — and our faculty respond to you in hours and not days. Their focus is on helping you as a busy student succeed, while providing new knowledge and skills that can be taken immediately into your workplace. Many of our students are nervous about returning to school after 2 or 20 or more years. We understand that, and we are here to help.
In addition to focused technology courses, the Information Systems degree concentration program concludes with a capstone simulation experience where you operate a virtual business for a semester. You will make strategic and operational decisions in marketing, production, and budgeting. This interactive gaming experience allows you to “put it all together” and hone your new knowledge and skills in a challenging yet safe learning environment. If you miss your forecast, the instructor coaches and mentors you before the next decisions. The result is an opportunity to test your ideas without the risk that comes on the job.
Catawba helps busy working adults in Charlotte maintain full-time employment and earn a Bachelor of Business Administration degree at the same time through flexible evening and online classes at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC).
fun fact: it's hard to beat 100%!
Our 2017 graduating class had a unique celebration: 100% had transferred in credits from one or more other colleges. Every one of them had started someplace else, and then life happened. They all finished their degree here, where they found a degree program designed to help them reach their educational goal. We try very hard to be the best choice for transfer students, and it’s hard to get better than 100%.
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