Third Cohort of Fast Track Business Degree Students Get Started

September 3, 2015 -- The new cohort of CNM students participating in the third Fast Track Business Degree program were welcomed Aug. 25 at an orientation at the STEMulus Center.
September 03, 2015

“With 26 students, this is the largest cohort to date,” said Andrés Armijo, School of Business & Information Technology program coordinator. “This program is becoming popular.”

The students will obtain their Business Administration Associate of Applied Science Degree in only 15 months – half the time of a standard program. They will attend classes two evenings per week and participate in online curriculum.

Armijo noted that the program is designed for people who work full time, have limited time for school and want to further their education to advance their careers, acquire skills to get a promotion or get a degree fast. It is taught by highly qualified instructors with a background working in the industry.

The fast-track format was designed by full-time faculty members who will work as a team to integrate and teach the curriculum using the Competency Based Education approach.

In a fast-track degree program, classes are offered in seven-week blocks with a mixture of in-person and online components.

During the orientation, students were introduced to STEMulus Center staff, BIT faculty and Sol the Suncat. They were also issued digital book codes and a laptop that becomes their property. In addition, a new parking app, developed by two students from the Deep Dive Coding Boot Camp, premiered at the orientation. Students can use it to go online to access and print parking permits for the 1st and Central/Copper parking lot.

 As part of the program, dinner -- catered by Atrios -- will be provided each Tuesday and Thursday when the students attend classes at the STEMulus Center. Atrios is run by a CNM Culinary Arts graduate. The new cohort got a taste of the food at the orientation.

The students began the program on Sept. 1.