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Pathway Focus of the Month: Business Administration

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Potential Career: Forensic Accountant

Forensic accountants combine their accounting, auditing and investigative skills to analyze and interpret business and financial evidence, and can participate in trials as expert witnesses.  Working on anything from bankruptcy and divorce cases to major fraud and capital crime cases—it was a forensic accountant who finally caught gangster extraordinaire Al Capone—forensic accountants have the sometimes unlikely combination of an exquisite eye for detail, a solid background in both accounting basics and legal concepts, and a love of the excitement that comes with law as well as order. 

Job Outlook:  According to the BLS Outlook Occupation Handbook, employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow by 18 percent between 2006 and 2016, which is faster than the average for all occupations.

For More Information:  See the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, www.acfe.com

About BCC’s Programming: The Business Administration career program provides training in the critical thinking, problem- solving, and communication skills students need to compete in today‘s global business environment. In this option, students can focus on accounting and qualify for entry-level accounting positions. All the Business programs share common courses, so students can switch easily between concentrations.

Hint for Success: Learn more about a career from the inside before you begin your path.  The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners has a webpage “Meet a Member,” which shares the backgrounds and experiences of six diverse members.

Meet the Faculty:  Carol Garand, Professor of Business Administration, received a Certificate of Appreciation for her direct involvement and student sponsorship. for the BCC Service Learning program in 2006.  This demonstrates that BCC faculty recognize the importance of work-based learning as an integral part of career education.


Headlines

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Economy Claims Another Victim: Student Internships

As fear stalks the job world, the crumbling economy is poised to claim yet another set of innocent victims, according to college and labor experts: students seeking work experience to go along with the book smarts.  Kathy Boccella recently documented this trend in an article for the Phildelphia Inquirer.  With many families facing hard times and the financial-aid budgets of colleges stretched, interest in co-ops has grown as students look for help with expenses and an edge in landing jobs after graduation.  But as the labor market tightens, industries laid low by the financial wreckage are nipping student workers from their weakened budgets.  To read the entire article, go to www.philly.com/philly/news/local/35299774.html.

Taunton Makes AYP!

For the first time ever, Taunton High School has met all of its MCAS goals, after a successful appeal to the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  Superintendent Arthur W. Stellar said 50 percent of schools and 25 percent of high schools across the state failed to meet the state-mandated benchmark.

In order to surprise the teachers, school administrators first addressed them as though the appeal had failed and the school had not reached the necessary achievement levels in math. Principal Matthew Mattos spoke about corrective actions the state can take with schools failing to show adequate improvement year to year.

“But none of that is going to happen here,” a beaming Megan Bennett, the district’s math coordinator, interjected. “We made AYP. You got aggregate. You got every subgroup.”

Congratulations to Taunton Tech Prep partners Greg Gay and Superintendent Stellar!

TIMSS Results Place Massachusetts Among World Leaders in Math and Science

Massachusetts' fourth and eighth graders outscored the nation, and most of their international peers, in math and science on the world's largest study of student performance in those subjects.  According to the results of the 2007 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), Massachusetts 4th graders ranked second worldwide in science achievement and tied for third in mathematics; the state's 8th graders tied for first in science and ranked sixth in mathematics.  TIMSS is an international math and science assessment administered every four years to a sampling of 4th and 8th grade students in participating nations around the world. The test was administered in April and May 2007 to 3,600 students attending 95 randomly selected schools in Massachusetts.   

In science, Massachusetts 4th graders received a scaled score of 571, surpassed only by Singapore, which scored 587; in math the state's fourth graders averaged 572, behind Hong Kong SAR (607) and Singapore (599) and tying for third with Chinese Taipei (576) and Japan (568).  Eighth graders scored 556 in science, tying with Singapore (567), Chinese Taipei (561), Japan (554) and the Republic of Korea (553); in math, the state's eighth graders scored 547, ranking sixth behind Chinese Taipei (598), Republic of Korea (597), Singapore (593), Hong Kong SAR (572), and Japan (570).

Education Secretary Paul Reville commented, "Our students have consistently performed at the highest levels on many national measures and now we have confirmation that many are prepared according to an international measure. Our task now is to transform our public education system so that all students receive the education, support and guidance they need to improve their achievement and acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare them for higher education and an ever-evolving workforce." 

For more information, or to read the full press release, go to http://www.doe.mass.edu/news/news.asp?id=4457


Student Opportunities

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One Family Scholar Program

This program provides students with tuition assistance that can be applied to living expenses and costs.  Eligibility requirements include completion of 12-18 credits annually, a GPA of at least 3.0, and attendance/participation in leadership development retreats and seminars.  Because we do not anticipate that the OFS award will fully support the cost of living for an average household, most successful candidates will need to document income (or vouchers/subsidies) from earnings and/or public assistance that will be supplemented by the OFS award.

For more information or if you are interested in applying to the Scholars Program; web based applications are available at www.onefamilyinc.org/scholars.  Cicely Jordan, the One Family Scholar Site Coordinator/Brockton is also available at (508) 427-6448, x16.  The deadline for new applicants is March 6th 2009.


Resources of the Month

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Career Development Toolkit

DESE Career Education consultant Jennifer Leonard has created a comprehensive Career Development Toolkit, a book/workbook with career exploration materials and activities for schools, colleges and youth programs.  This book carries a positive message about lifelong learning and career development, and provides activities that help young adults take the first steps of exploring career ideas and developing strong skills that can be used in a variety of career settings.  She has made an electronic PDF of this resource available to schools free of charge.  To get more information, or to access the PDF request form, go to http://skillslibrary.com/careers.


Articulation Update

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Meet Kathy Bjorge

I’m very pleased to be joining BCC’s Tech Prep Department as the new Tech Prep Articulation Coordinator. I’m looking forward to being the liaison for the  people involved and expediting the process of setting up and renewing Tech Prep articulation agreements between the area high schools and BCC. I’m also excited about the goal of streamlining and bringing online as much of the information and process as possible.

I am assisting Chris Shannon, Director of the Bristol Tech Prep Consortium, with the coordination of a forum called “Tech Prep Articulation Days”. This is a two day event scheduled for January 12th and 13th, in room K220, with 30-minute appointments that can be scheduled between 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. The goal of the event is to bring together BCC and high school faculty to work on completing articulations in process or to discuss the development of new articulation agreements.

I look forward to talking to and meeting all who are involved in this process. I hope to help to make the articulation process a smooth and efficient one for all involved and to aid in providing students, faculty and all involved access, hopefully online to the information needed. Any questions or suggestions are welcome, my email address is Kathy.Bjorge@bristolcc.edu, or leave a message at ext.2541.