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A Leading Future

At Southwestern College, we're building the next generation of great leaders and through the Leadership and Supervision Program, students can enter the business industry as experts in management theories and leadership skills. 

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The Leadership and Supervision program at Southwestern College focuses on two primary areas: (1) Management in the context of sustainability including micro enterprise innovation, strategic planning, and finance. (2) Management in the context of human resources including the study of basic management theories, labor relations, and management of people of diverse cultures and backgrounds.

The basic certificate program prepares students to be effective supervisors and leaders and provides a choice of emphasis in the areas of human resources and/or sustainable micro enterprise development, improving students' ability to work effectively and collaboratively in either of these important areas.

The advanced certificate and A.S. degree build on the basic skills acquired in the basic certificate program. They emphasize the development of versatile leadership abilities as well as skills in planning and problem solving, organizing, staffing, training, and working with individuals and teams.

Business Management

Study in this area explores management theories, history, principles, and contemporary practices utilized in our increasingly global business environment. The program encompasses a variety of specialized areas including management, marketing, financial services, entrepreneurship, leadership and supervision, eBusiness, human resources, international trade, and community development.


Designed to prepare students to work in the dynamic field of eBusiness and eCommerce. Prepares students to create, maintain, or support a strong online business and sales presence.The Certificate of Proficiency may be completed in just one semester full-time in the Spring or over two semesters part-time. With an additional 2 courses, students can earn a Certificate of Achievement. There is also an option to earn an Associate’s Degree in Business Management with additional courses beyond the Certificate of Achievement (See Southwestern College Catalog or a Counselor.)

Entrepreneurship & Small Business

Small businesses have always been the backbone of America and our communities, but small business owners and entrepreneurs face unique challenges. With an education from Southwestern College, students will understand the changing business landscape and enter the business world ready to make their mark.

Financial and Investment Services

Studying finance will reward you with real-world, highly coveted skills that are in demand and crucial to industries such as commercial banking, financial planning, investment banking, money managing and more. All businesses run on money and finance professionals can help corporations and small businesses manage their money and thrive financially.


To master marketing, you'll need a strong foundation in business and communications, that's why the Marketing Program at Southwestern College gives students a foundation for both creative development and business strategies. Southwestern College prepares students in the field of marketing with an understanding of the concepts of marketing functions such as sales, advertising, marketing research, product development, distribution, and pricing. Covers additional concepts of accounting, economics, legal environment, and business communication.

Leadership and Supervision

Career Options

Most of the following career options require at least an associate degree and some require a bachelor’s or graduate level degree. A sample of the career options available in the area of leadership emphasizing sustainable micro enterprise innovation, strategic planning, and finance include micro enterprise developer/manager, entrepreneur, accountant, non-profit manager, financial officer, banker, real estate broker, and community and economic developer.

In the area of leadership emphasizing supervision, career options include human resources professional, business manager, entrepreneur, supervisor, office manager, insurance and benefits professional, union organizer, and labor relations manager.

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