Associate Degree

An Associate Degree for Tomorrow’s Workforce

Students complete courses in three key categories: professional skills, business major, and electives, giving students that skills, knowledge, and confidence they need to excel at their current or future job.

A Program Designed for Working Adults

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Foundry College students progress through the program at their own pace, taking between one and three courses per trimester. We offer courses at times outside of standard working hours to help students organize their education around their lives, and all learning takes place in the live online classroom — there’s no required pre-work or homework.

Master Future-Proof Knowledge and Skills

The Foundry College online associate degree program is composed of three main components. Students begin with professional skills courses, in which they master foundational skills such as problem-solving and communication. Then, they move on to courses for the business management major which, in addition to teaching in-demand business skills that can be applied across industries, include an industry-specific credential that can lead to a future-proof job. In addition, students will transfer in course credits to complete the elective requirement.

STAGE I

Professional Skills Requirements

Our general education courses target specific future-proof skills that today’s employers look for in all new hires, including clear communication, critical thinking, problem-solving, organization, teamwork, and adaptability. These skills are highly automation-resistant, and surveys have found that many employers consider them more important than a job candidate’s college 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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Managing Yourself at Work

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

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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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Working with Others

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

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Practical Problem Solving

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

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Learning at Work

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

STAGE II

Business Major Requirements

Even as less-skilled job opportunities disappear due to automation, “middle-skills” roles remain critical — and, according to employers, increasingly hard to fill. By combining foundational business skills with industry-specific certificate courses, the Foundry College Business Management Major prepares students to excel in a middle-skills management job.

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Analyzing and Conveying Information 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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Credential Foundations

Students choose an industry credential pathway and complete foundational coursework specific to that credential. In addition, they develop a clear understanding of the industry’s context, opportunities, and challenges, and become familiar with the credential requirements and relevant future-proof roles.

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Navigating Change at Work

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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Credential Skills

Building on their foundational credential coursework, students continue to build skills and knowledge as they work toward fulfilling the third-party credential requirements. At the conclusion of this course, students will complete a recognized, in-demand credential that will help them secure a rewarding and automation-resistant job.

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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.

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From the Classroom to the Workplace

This final synthesis course gives students an opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge they’ve gained to a real-world workplace scenario. Students analyze challenges they’ve encountered in a current or past job, explain how their Foundry coursework contributed to a better understanding of these situations, and create a plan for handling similar scenarios in the future.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT

Electives

To graduate with an associate degree from Foundry College, students must also complete elective courses. Foundry College does not offer electives; instead, we allow students to transfer elective credits from a variety of sources, including previous college experience.

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Previous College Credit

Students who have prior college experience can fulfill the elective requirement by transferring credits from an accredited U.S. institution.

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Proctored Exams

Students can receive elective credits through a variety of qualified proctored assessments including AP, IB, CLEP and ACE.

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Low or No-Cost Courses

Students who need additional elective credits are directed to low and no-cost online courses that will meet the requirement.

Program Learning Outcomes

The program learning outcomes for our Business Management program are as follows:

  1. Analyze business-relevant data and know how to use it
  2. Know how to read, write and present business-relevant material
  3. Use software and other tools to solve practical problems systematically
  1. Understand how to work well with others
  2. Acquire tools to manage yourself so that you are more efficient and productive
  3. Learn how to learn quickly and effectively

Course level outcomes are specified on course syllabi, which are provided as part of course enrollment.

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 Hands-On Activities

In every class, students reinforce what they’ve learned during lectures by applying new knowledge and skills in small group exercises.

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