For an enterprise to succeed with a technology-based product or service, it must overcome technical challenges in design, implementation, and production. But it is not enough to overcome technical challenges at any cost. Rather, processes must make business sense. Furthermore, all aspects of an operation should work together smoothly. For example, a manufacturer of telecommunications equipment may need workers with knowledge of machining, programming, or troubleshooting. Graduates of BFIT’s programs in Mechanical, Computer Technology, or Electronics would be good choices to fill these roles. But engineers and managers at the same company might be looking at changes in the supply chain to improve the profitability of a unit. Support for those changes requires someone who understands the language of business. Likewise, work cells might be re-organized to reduce cost or improve turnaround time. Again someone with knowledge of business and management practices would be more valuable in support of such changes than someone who understands only technological aspects of the work.
This program develops skills and knowledge to allow graduates to assist with external and internal customer service, financial analysis of technical products, human resource management of technical staff, and marketing.
According to a recent report by the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, the highest paying jobs for individuals who have earned an associate
degree are in business and manufacturing, the highest category within those fields is operations management, which requires a blending of business, management and technical skill. These areas are also among the six with the greatest number of openings for middle skill jobs in the next seven years. Graduates of the TBM program would be expected to go directly to work, though some would wish to seek additional education in business or technology. In addition, current members of the workforce (or job seekers) who have already earned a degree may be able to leverage their previous learning to earn this degree in approximately one year of full time study.
The associate degree in Technology Business & Management (TBM) provides graduates with essential business skills grounded in knowledge from a technological field. TBM majors study technology more broadly though not to the same depth as someone specializing in an area. Students would also refine their ability to communicate, establish a foundation in math and science, and develop ethical awareness. Two experiential components (a Summer Seminar and a Senior Capstone) would be included to enhance the job-readiness of graduates and to build student engagement with the program. The program would include three groups of coursework, a business and management core, general education, and a technological specialty. The business and management core provides a foundation in the variety of skill areas that support a successful
The Technology Business & Management program utilizes facilities from the Computer Technology, Electronics Engineering Technology, and Mechanical Engineering Technology departments at the College. The students in the program will make use of the CAD (SolidWorks) classroom, the electronics laboratory, and the computer laboratories that include more than 72 computer workstations in four classrooms laboratory settings.