A Program Designed for Maximum Flexibiity
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 you organize your education around your life, and all learning takes place in the live online classroom — there’s no required pre-work or homework.
Master Future-Ready Knowledge and Skills
The Foundry College online associate degree program is composed of three main components. You'll begin with professional skills courses, where you'll master foundational skills such as problem-solving and communication. Then 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-ready job. In addition, you'll transfer in course credits to complete the elective requirement.
Professional Skills Component
Our general education courses target specific future-ready 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.
Learn to read and write precisely, listen well, communicate clearly in group settings, and interpret visual communications.
Managing Yourself at Work
Learn to organize your work, recognize and manage emotions, develop personal responsibility, and stay motivated.
Learn to challenge reports, make and evaluate arguments, weigh decisions, and assess your own thinking.
Working with Others
Learn to collaborate and negotiate effectively, work well in teams, and build professional relationships.
Practical Problem Solving
Learn to frame and solve a wide range of problems in various professional contexts.
Learning at Work
Learn to master new material efficiently so that you can adapt and succeed as job requirements change.
Business Major Component
As less-skilled job opportunities disappear due to automation, 'middle-skills' roles remain critical — and, according to employers, are 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.
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. You'll learn to prepare business speeches and presentations, and practice writing effective memos and reports.
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.
Navigating Change at Work
Learn to recognize and address common challenges that arise in the workplace. You'll learn about practical ethics, discuss common business and leadership principles, and explore strategies for working effectively within different types of organizational structures.
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.
Thinking with Software
Learn to work with datasets and use software tools such as spreadsheets, slideware, and word processing programs to solve business-related problems. Most importantly, you'll learn to use software to extend your own thinking—allowing you to leverage new knowledge and skills more effectively.
From the Classroom to the Workplace
This final synthesis course gives you an opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge you've gained to a real-world workplace scenario. You'll analyze challenges you've encountered in a current or past job, explain how your Foundry College coursework contributed to a better understanding of these situations, and create a plan for handling similar scenarios in the future.
To graduate with an associate degree from Foundry College, you must also complete elective courses. Foundry College does not offer electives; instead, we allow you to transfer elective credits from a variety of sources, including previous college experience.
Previous College Credit
Those with prior college experience can fulfill the elective requirement by transferring credits from an accredited U.S. institution.
You can receive elective credits through a variety of qualified proctored assessments including AP, IB, CLEP and ACE.
Low or No-Cost Courses
Those 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:
- Analyze business-relevant data and know how to use it
- Know how to read, write and present business-relevant material
- Use software and other tools to solve practical problems systematically
- Understand how to work well with others
- Acquire tools to manage yourself so that you are more efficient and productive
- Learn how to learn quickly and effectively
Course level outcomes are specified on course syllabi, which are provided as part of course enrollment.
In every class, you'll reinforce what you've learned during lectures by applying new knowledge and skills in small group exercises.
Foundry College is not currently accepting applications into the Associate Degree program.
Applications into the Credentialed Certificate programs will open on June 1, 2020.