Pulaski Technical College, along with nine other two-year colleges, will soon begin offering a business degree option and certificate in entrepreneurship, subject to curriculum approval by the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
The entrepreneurship curriculum was developed by the NorthWest Arkansas Community College Division of Business and Computer Information and was presented to other two-year institutions.
Eight of the state's 22 two-year colleges joined a consortium and will offer the associate of business degree and certificate in entrepreneurship, beginning this fall. The eight schools in the consortium include Arkansas State University - Beebe; East Arkansas Community College; North Arkansas College; NorthWest Arkansas Community College; Ouachita Technical College; South Arkansas Community College; Southern Arkansas University-Tech; and University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.
Pulaski Technical College and Southeast Arkansas College will join the consortium in October.
"This new degree in entrepreneurship will give Arkansans the knowledge and skills they need to start their own businesses with confidence," Ed Franklin, executive director of the Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges, said. "Economic development is more important than ever in today's economy, and this program will help to create jobs in Arkansas by enabling and empowering people to start their own businesses."
The degree option is for an Associate of Applied Science degree in business management and/or a stand-alone certificate in entrepreneurship.
Other two-year institutions may join the collaboration at a later date.