Transfer Pathway Helps Students Reach Business Career Goals

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VC_transfer_pathwayVictoria College students seeking a career in the business world can get a solid foundation by taking courses at VC. They can complete core courses before transferring to a four-year university to earn a bachelor’s degree in business administration, computer science, or other business and technology fields.

Bobby Cubriel, Advising & Counseling Services Director, said VC offers a transfer pathway towards a business degree with many Texas institutions, the University of Houston-Victoria listed among them.

“VC’s courses make transferring in the area of business very easy because all universities require the same lower business core curriculum courses, including Accounting I and II, Economics 2301 and 2302, and Finite and Business Calculus,” Cubriel said. “VC offers all six of those classes, so students can complete the core curriculum – what many students call ‘the basics’ – plus these lower-level business core classes before they transfer to a university. This allows them to complete their transfer goals efficiently and effectively.”

Transfer students often report that VC has set them up for success at their transfer institutions, Cubriel continued.

“The entry-level courses like Accounting and Economics have really prepared them for upper-level classes that they are taking at the university,” Cubriel said.

One of those students, Ana Vega, took several business courses at VC and transferred to UHV, where she plans to earn a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting. She earned an Associate of Science degree at VC and switched to business studies when she realized she was good at math.

Vega found the transfer process easy, thanks to VC staff members like Magali Silva, KEY Center Counselor and Retention Specialist.

“Ms. Silva gave me contacts with counselors at UHV and held my hand the whole way,” Vega said.

When not attending UHV classes, Vega works as an assistant auditor for Goliad County, a job she hopes to continue after graduation.

“Victoria College was my first step to success,” Vega said. “Getting an associate degree opened many opportunities for me and benefitted me and my family.”

VC’s Business Management Program prepares students to work in managerial positions in various industries and businesses such as retail stores, financial institutions, and manufacturing facilities.

Students who aren’t planning to transfer to a university will find that a Business Management degree from Victoria College will take them a step ahead of their non-college peers, according to Susan Juckett, VC Business Management Curriculum Coordinator and Instructor.

“If one is considering entering the business environment, the Associate of Applied Science degree in business management will allow them to obtain a position beyond the entry level,” Juckett said. “This is due to the students’ exposure to business policies, practices, and multiple components of a workplace environment that the program provides.”

- Eric Jensen

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Focus On:
First-line Supervisors of Nonretail Sales Workers

What They Do:
Directly supervise and coordinate activities of sales workers other than retail sales workers. May perform duties such as budgeting, accounting, and personnel work, in addition to supervisory duties.

How Much Does It Pay?
$31,000 to $48,000 annually

Job Outlook

In the Crossroads region, there are 385 first-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers employed.

This number is expected to increase by 4.2 percent over the next four years.

Education & Training
VC offers core courses which allow students to transfer to a four-year university to earn a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Additionally, VC’s Business Management Program offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in business management. The Associate of Applied Science degree or certificate also can be combined with the core curriculum before transferring to a four-year university’s Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences program. VC also offers marketable skills certificates for Accounting Technician, Office Support Staff, and Business Relationship Building.

Source: emsi Career Coach 2015

Student Spotlight:
Marine Veteran Has Accounting Future Mapped Out

A few years ago, Eduardo Sereno carried rifles and automatic weapons as a Marine Corps infantryman. A few years from now, he hopes to be carrying financial balances as a Certified Public Accountant.

Sereno, 25, is in his final year at Victoria College studying accounting and already has his immediate future mapped out.

Eduardo Sereno

Eduardo Sereno

“After graduation, I hope to transfer to the University of Houston-Victoria to pursue an accounting degree before moving on to earn my Masters of Business Administration in accounting to become a CPA,” he said.

Currently taking accounting, general studies, and science classes, Sereno plans to graduate from Victoria College in December with an Associate of Science-General Studies.

He gives high marks to his VC professors and instructors.

“They help out and clear up any confusion I might have in learning new things,” he said. “They are consistent with emailing back important information.”

Sereno also works with fellow students in a study group, spending much of their free time going over class material in the library. He is a member of the KEY Center, a grant program funded by the U.S. Department of Education that supports 160 students with an academically enriching and supportive environment. There, Sereno receives tutoring and counseling, and the staff “help me set my goals for the degree that I want,” he said.

A graduate of Klein Oak High School in Spring, Texas, Sereno and his wife Rosa moved to Victoria after they both completed their enlistments in the Marine Corps.

While serving in the Marines, he talked to friends in the accounting field who suggested it would be a better path he could take to assist others. It also helps that Sereno is good with numbers and counts math as his favorite subject.

“I find math to be a puzzle that needs to be solved, so that’s what makes it enjoyable and challenging for me,” he said. “I would love to help people with their finances so they can get a better understanding of what is happening with their money and where it’s going.”

Sereno said his experience as a VC student has helped prepare him for his future studies.

“I just think VC helps you understand what other schools will be like,” he said. “I feel that, listening to other people’s experiences at universities, it helps us better understand the basics before we get to the university level.”

When not studying or attending classes, Sereno enjoys playing basketball, going to the gym, and hanging out with his wife. She works as an administrative clerk in Victoria County’s adult probation office and also attends Victoria College in the evenings, studying psychology.

- Eric Jensen

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