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Catalog/Handbook 2022-2023 
Catalog/Handbook 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Operational Management, AS

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Program: AS-25050

The Business Operational Management Program is articulated with the Polk County School Board (PCSB) career centers: Ridge Technical College and Traviss Technical College. It provides the opportunity for an individual who has completed a specific technical program to pursue college-level coursework that is appropriate for supervisory and managerial roles, as well as for upward mobility in the chosen field. A student in this program must complete a program of 900-clock hours or more at a Polk County School Board career center (Ridge/Traviss). Each eligible student is awarded 15 credits toward the technical skills portion of the associate degree. To be awarded these credits, the student must consult with an advisor either at one of the Polk County School Board career centers or at Polk State College. The Program Director can provide more information at: This program is considered a terminal associate degree. If a student opts to pursue a bachelor’s degree, the 15 articulated technical credits are non-transferable; the student would need to take 15 additional college credits.

Certain courses in this program require placement at the college level or satisfaction of developmental education requirements in reading, writing, and mathematics.

Note: This program corresponds with the Florida Department of Education Curriculum Framework for Industrial Management.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs):
Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate is able to:
PLO 1: Apply supervision skills through self-management and the motivation of others.
PLO 2: Apply information about human behavior and how it impacts the management of an organization.
PLO 3: Incorporate strategies for effective management by applying decision-making skills.
PLO 4: Demonstrate appropriate communication skills.
PLO 5: Demonstrate appropriate math skills.
PLO 6: Assess and incorporate aspects of a business enterprise and entrepreneurship.
PLO 7: Incorporate data-processing activities.
PLO 8: Identify, classify, and demonstrate management functions.
PLO 9: Apply technical or industrial competencies.

General Education Requirements (18 Credits Required)

Health and Wellness (One Course)

Technical Requirements (15 Credits Required)

A student must accrue 15 credits in a technical field articulated as part of the Polk State/Polk County School Board Agreement.

Total Program Hours: 60

Civic Literacy Competency

Pursuant to Rule 6A-10.02413 of the Florida Administrative Code, effective Fall 2022 competency in civic literacy is a requirement for all students receiving an Associate in Science degree. Competency in civic literacy must be demonstrated in the following ways:

AND Florida Civic Literacy Examination (Score of 60% or better)


  • Or completing one of the following assessments with the score indicated:
    • AP Government and Politics: United States (Score of 3 or better)
    • AP United States History (Score of 4 or better)
    • CLEP: American Government (Score of 50 or better)
    • Florida Civic Literacy Examination (Score of 60% or better)

Note: All approved accelerated credit is listed in the Credit-By-Exam Equivalencies. The Credit-by-Exam section of the Florida State Articulation Committee website provides further details.

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