Courses

Master Future-Proof Knowledge and Skills

The Foundry College online Associate’s Degree program is organized into four three-course stages. The stages build on each other, with each stage developing a distinct set of practical skills and knowledge. Students complete the program at their own pace, enrolling in between one and three courses per trimester and mastering the material in each stage before moving ahead.  

STAGE I

Foundational Courses

Our foundational courses target specific core skills that today’s employers look for in all new hires—including effective communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving. One survey found that 91% of employers consider these skills more important than a candidate’s undergraduate major.

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Clear Communication

Students learn to read and write precisely, listen well, communicate clearly in group settings, and interpret visual communications.

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Critical Analyses

Students learn to challenge reports, make and evaluate arguments, weigh decisions, and assess their own thinking.

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Practical Problem Solving

Students learn to frame and solve a wide range of problems in various professional contexts.

STAGE II

Key Job Skills

Today’s employers place a high value on so-called “soft skills,” including organization, teamwork, and adaptability. Soft skills are also highly automation-resistant, making them a key development area for working adults looking to future-proof their careers.

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Personal Soft Skills

Students learn to organize their work, recognize and manage emotions, develop personal responsibility, and stay motivated.

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Working with Others

Students learn to collaborate and negotiate effectively, work well in teams, and build professional relationships.

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Learning for Life

Students learn to master new material efficiently so that they can adapt and succeed as job requirements change.

STAGE III

Business Management Major

Even as less-skilled job opportunities disappear due to automation, “middle-skills” opportunities (which require more than high school but less than a bachelor’s degree) remain plentiful, and employers report that these positions are some of the hardest to fill. Stage III of the Foundry College curriculum focuses on preparing students to excel in a middle-skills management role.

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Convincing and Conveying in Business

This course provides a background in common types of business analyses, factors to consider when making decisions in a business context, and how to present decisions and arguments effectively. Students learn to prepare business speeches and presentations and practice writing effective memos and reports.  

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Navigating the Workplace

Students learn to recognize and address common challenges that arise in the workplace. They learn about practical ethics, discuss common business and leadership principles, and explore strategies for working effectively within different types of organizational structures.

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Thinking with Software

Students learn to work with datasets and use software tools such as spreadsheets, slideware, and word processing programs to solve business-related problems. Most importantly, they learn to use software to extend their own thinking—allowing them to leverage new knowledge and skills more effectively.

STAGE IV

Business Management Tracks

In Stage IV, students choose a job-focused track and complete three courses in skills specific to that track. These three tracks were selected to prepare students for jobs in high-demand, machine-resistant fields with a variety of opportunities distributed across the United States.

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Customer Service & Sales

Students build skills specific to hospitality and retail management, including managing restaurants, hotels, and retail branch locations.

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Healthcare Administration

Students build skills specific to administrative, systems and records management roles in hospitals, clinics, and doctor’s offices.

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Systems & Service Management

Students build skills specific to managing internal service departments, such as IT, tech, security, and communications, at a wide range of organizations.

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