CMC’s new E-Commerce program sees its first graduates
Colorado Mountain College is now launching graduates in one of the newest fields of business: e-commerce. After experiencing expanded interest in its business and entrepreneurial programs, CMC added a 12-credit certificate of occupational proficiency in e-business and e-commerce to its existing certifications in August of 2009. The program, taught completely online, is now seeing its first graduates.The certification includes four classes: Introduction to E-Business, Management of Information Systems, Implementing E-Commerce and E-Commerce Marketing. E-business adjunct instructor Robert Cartelli, who works out of CMC’s Breckenridge campus, says the new program creates a path for people who want to start their own online business, get an online store up and running, expand their business through e-commerce or social marketing avenues or expand their duties at their workplace. The program is taught using Elluminate software, which allows the students – located in Colorado and across the country – to communicate and share documents with each other and the faculty.The first graduate of the new program, Breckenridge resident Holly Blando, completes her certification this month. After earning a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Illinois State University in 2005, Blando says she enrolled in the program to enhance her current degree.”With everything going virtual, this will be great to use in the workforce,” Blando said.On their website, CMC states that current and future marketplaces offer significant business opportunities for entrepreneurs and managers who can combine strategic business thinking and technology skills.Blando currently works as an assistant at Greer Devault Real Estate Partners in Breckenridge and Dillon, where she says her new certificate will prove useful in implementing social media strategies.CMC’s website goes on to say the program was built to have a “hands-on, learn-by-doing” approach. In her class of about 20 people, Blando says she worked with fellow students to create websites and build online shopping carts. Recently, they completed a website for a Colorado bike shop. The students communicated online through technologies such as Google chat and Wiki documents. Blando says the CMC instruction was more hands-on, interactive and experimental than she received for her former degree.”Instead of sitting down and writing papers, you could see how the work was applicable in real life. The class was really interactive for being online,” Blando said.The new certificate was created after the Breckenridge and Dillon sites of Colorado Mountain College experienced growth in the numbers of students enrolled in business classes, which includes the entrepreneurial program. To further meet student demands regarding business classes, CMC has added three more on-campus classes within the past year: Principles of Marketing, Principles of Management and Income Tax Accounting.For information about these and other CMC classes, go to http://www.coloradomtn.edu.
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