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Business Excellence Certificate Program (BEC)

BEC

The Business Excellence Certificate Program (BEC) is a curriculum-based undergraduate professional development certificate program. The program aims to increase professional competencies and personal effectiveness of College of Business Administration (CBA) students. BEC serves to develop students into confident dynamic professionals prior to graduation by providing the appropriate skills and knowledge that are necessary in today’s business world. Highly recommended for all students, especially those interested in applying to the Corporate Mentoring Program.

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NEW BEC:

The Curriculum: Fall 2009 - Present

BEC Program Completion Deadline: May 2011

The BEC Program focuses on 10 categories including 6 workshops for Curriculum and 4 activities in Experiential Learning. These categories consist of academic / career exploration, business foundations, internships / mentoring opportunities, community / global awareness and self-assessment. Lastly, all participants develop a professional portfolio. Time permitted to complete the program varies from one academic semester up to four academic semesters or two years.

I.   CURRICULUM

Category

Description

Suggestions

A. Career Ethics

Focuses on ethics in a business environment. The following are examples of workshops in this category.

  1. Ethics at the Beach
  2. Case Study Ethics
Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership
B. Leadership

Focuses on development of leadership skills. The following are examples of workshops in this category.

  1. Leadership Theory
  2. Conflict Man

SCPD; Leadership Academy; Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership

C. Technology for the Workplace

Focuses on knowledge acquisition of ways to makes best possible use of technology to be successful in the workplace. The following are examples of workshops in this category.

  1. Using Online Tools to Explore Careers
Career Development Center (CDC)

D. Communication Skills

 

 

1. Intra personal - for Self

 

2. Interpersonal - with others

Focuses on development of communication skills required in a business setting. The following are examples of workshops in this category.

Example: 1. Who am I?

               2. True Colors

Example: 1.Teambuilding

2. Communication Skills
Leadership Academy; Career Development Center (CDC)

E. Business Etiquette

 
 

 

 

1. Professional Basics

 

2. Correspondence

 
 
 

3. Dress

 
 

4. Dining

Focuses on skill development and knowledge acquisition of business expectations and organizational culture. The following are examples of workshops in this category.

  1. Business Etiquette Basics
  2. Etiquette Success

Example: 1. Basics of business communication

 

Example: 1.  Dress for Success

 

Example: 1. Dining Etiquette Basics

SCPD; ABSOC; Career Development Center (CDC)

F. Professional Relationship-Building

 
 
 
 

1. Networking

 

 

2. Interviewing

 
 
 

3. Presentations / Speeches

Focuses on exploring networking opportunities and learning interviewing and presentation techniques. The following are examples of workshops in this category.

Example: 1.  Mentoring: What, Why, Who, and How?

 

Example: 1. Job Search Essentials:  Interviewing Techniques

2. Interviewing Technique

 

Example: 1. How to Give an Impressive Powerpoint Presentation

SCPD; ABSOC; Career Development Center (CDC); BeachMasters Club

II.  EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

Category Description Suggestions

G.  Personal & Professional Exploration Assessment  

  Career Development Center (CDC)
H.  Development of Leadership Skills    
I.  Integrated Learning Events    

J.  Business Foundations

  1. Job Fair
  2. Corporate/Professional Speaker or Company Site Visit
  3. Global or Cultural Awareness in Business
  SCPD; Career Development Center (CDC); Notable Speaker Series; Distinguished Speaker Series

III. BEC PORTFOLIO: Program completion required for BEC Certification

IV. HANDBOOK: Power Point Presentation Document


OLD BEC:

The Curriculum: Spring 2006 - Spring 2009

BEC Program Completion Deadline: May 2011

The BEC curriculum focuses on 6 categories and several integrated learning activities. These categories consist of academic/ career exploration, business foundations, internships/ mentoring opportunities, community/ global awareness and self-assessment. Lastly, all participants develop a professional portfolio.

I. CURRICULUM

Category Description Suggestions

A. BEC Orientation

(Must attend 1st semester)

Provides an overview, resources, processes and policies of the program. SCPD

B. Education/Career Exploration

(1 wksp required)

Provides students an opportunity to explore their educational and career options. The following are examples of workshops in this category.

  1. GMAT Test Taking Strategies
  2. Selecting Your Major
  3. Portfolio Building for All Majors
  4. Applying to Graduate School
Career Development Center (CDC)

C. Career Preparation

(1 wksp required)

Focuses on workshops that address the job search process. The following are examples of workshops in this category.

  1. Mock Interview Practice
  2. Job Search for Graduating Seniors
  3. Tips on Resume Writing
Career Development Center (CDC); ABSOC

D. Business Foundation

(3 wksp required)

Focuses on skill development and knowledge acquisition of business expectations and organizational culture. The following are examples of workshops in this category.

  1. Negotiating Your Salary
  2. Dress for Success
  3. Etiquette Success
SCPD; ABSOC; Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership; Notable Speaker Series; ABSOC

E. Internships/Mentoring Exploration

(1 wksp required)

Focuses on exploring internship and mentoring opportunities available to CBA students. The BEC program highly encourages students to participate in an internship and/or a mentoring program in their respective college careers. The following are examples of workshops in this category.

  1. The value of a Mentor
  2. Internships in Finance, Sales & Marketing
  3. Internships for Students with Disabilities
Career Development Center (CDC); ABSOC

F. Global and Community Awareness

(1 wksp required)

Focuses on social, political, and economic awareness in the community and around the world. The following are examples of workshops and activities that fulfill this category.

  1. CBA 495: Two week international program (Vietnam, China, Germany and France/Spain)
  2. Go Global: Overseas Internship
  3. IBA Speaker Presentation
Career Development Center (CDC)

II. EXPERIENCIAL LEARNING

  1. Integrated Learning
  2. Job Search Tools
  3. Self-Assessment
  4. Portfolio

Application Requirements

  1. Must be a Cal State Long Beach pre-business or business major student with at least a minimum of 30 units or more completed
  2. Have a minimum GPA of 2.0 or higher
  3. Important - Apply online: SCPD Program Applications
  4. Email your current Cover Letter & Resume as attachments
  5. Register and attend a BEC Orientation first before registering for any BEC workshop

BEC Welcomes ALL STUDENTS: Students from any major can also register to attend any BEC workshops (unless otherwise stated) but cannot join program and receive BEC certification.


Important Documents

SCPD Career Preparation Assignments/Examinations

  1. Dining Etiquette Quiz