Left to Right: Bachelor of Applied Science in business and organizational leadership coordinator, program advisors Lila Rogers, Jason Mills and Sara Thompson
By Terry Allcorn, Dean, Business
More than five years ago, the members of the Business Advisory Committee — consisting of business and community leaders who provided valuable insights into the skills our students need to be successful — requested that we consider offering a bachelor’s degree in a business field. Unbeknownst to them, Valencia College leaders had been planning a bachelor’s degree in a business field for many years.
In 2017, the timing finally appeared to be right. Community business leaders, our partners at the University of Central Florida, our community college partners and our students all showed strong support for a bachelor’s degree in business. After state and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges approval, much hard work from Jenice Armstead, part-time faculty, business, and a lot of support from the entire College community, the Bachelor of Applied Science in business and organizational leadership (BASBOL) was launched in May 2018.
The coordinator, program advisors Lila Rogers, Sara Thompson and Jason Mills deserve much of the credit for the growth of the program. While they each only advise part time in the program, the students often take more time to advise due to transfer credits and because the program accepts students with either Associate in Science and Associate in Arts degrees. The fact that our advisors have been able to help 1,100 students register for courses this term alone is nothing short of remarkable.
The program currently enjoys two full-time professors of business, Angeline Yoder and Jerrid Kalakay. Their work is supported by a growing team of dedicated part-time faculty.
The BASBOL program, which is offered on West Campus and online, now has 1,115 students with a duplicated headcount (number of seats) of 3,635. With the College developing a fully online Associate in Arts degree, working students will soon be able to complete their entire Associate in Arts and Bachelor of Applied Science degrees online. We are proud that we’ve already graduated more 30 students and will graduate approximately 25 more students at the end of this term.
If you’re interested in learning more about enrolling in the BASBOL program, click here. For information on Employee Development Funds to cover tuition up to 18 credit hours per fiscal year at Valencia, if degree seeking, click here.