BUSINESS AND INFORMATION
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Business and Information Technologies' Accreditation
ACBSP- The Business and Information Technologies Department has been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP - Region 3) since 1997. ACBSP is a global business accreditation organization that provides specialized accreditation for business degree programs. The accreditation applies to the business programs offered on both campuses (Birmingham and Bessemer). Many of the criteria used in the evaluation process are related to the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program continuous improvement processes. The Business and Information Technologies' programs were evaluated on Leadership, Strategic Planning, Student and Stakeholders Focus, Student Learning and Performance, Faculty and Staff, and Educational Business Process Management. The educational quality of Lawson State's Business programs was determined by a variety of inputs in the educational process, the educational activities related to the teaching/learning process and the outcomes of these processes. The mission of ACBSP is to establish, promote, and recognize educational standards that contribute to the continuous improvement of business education and through the process of accreditation, to recognize business schools and programs that adhere to these standards.
Today’s educational environment is greatly focused on accountability, standards, and assessment; and at the same time, industry is seeking guarantees that job seekers have the skills necessary to fill their openings. IT Industry certifications bring value and many benefits to any profession. The certification shows that the individual is an expert and can assist in job retention and higher salaries. Indeed, many of the IT companies and / or professional organizations view these certifications as being as important as a college degree. IT certifications can begin at the secondary level (high school). Below are the IT organizations in which we can certify students: **NOTE: The Business and Information Technologies Division is a Microsoft IT Academy
and Cisco Academy
. Click on the following links for more information: | Oracle
Authorized Testing Centers and Proctoring
Student Organizations / Business and Information Technologies Honor Society
The Business and Information Technologies Division offers the Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) Student Organization. Phi represents Future, Beta means business, and Lambda encompasses leadership which is demonstrated through service. The mission of PBL is to bring business, education, and community together in a positive working relationship. *NOTE: Phi Theta Kappa is an honorary student for all majors at the community college level. Click on the following links for more information: | Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) | Kappa Beta Delta (KBD) | Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) |.
Small Business Centers - Local and National (Entrepreneurship)
Running a successful business involves preparation and a vision. The LawsonState Community College Small Business Center is housed in the Dr. Perry W. Ward Advanced Technology Center (ACATT) / Business and Information Technologies Division. The Center provides workshops and seminars on many indispensable topics. Moreover, the Center has partnered with The Central Alabama Women’sBusiness Center (CAWBC) located in Birmingham, Alabama. CAWBC offers diverse workshops at minimal cost—Lawson State’s students are free as long as the current proper student ID is shown (per school year). Also, the Center is a partner with the United States Small BusinessAdministration (USSBA). The USSBA offers free workshops to the students as well. Click on the following links for more information: | Lawson State's Small Business Center | Central Alabama Women's Business Center | US Department of Small Business Administration (Birmingham Alabama).
AREC and Realty South - The Business and Information Technologies Division Offers a Short Certificate in Real Estate (for-credit academic courses) and the pre and post-classes through the Small Business Center (non-credit academic courses). We have partnered with Realty South (Dr. Rebecca Green) and offer the classes needed to become a full real estate salesperson. Students have also majored in Business Administration (AA) or Business Management (AAS) and taken the real estate courses as an elective. For more information, please contact Dr. Alice Tyler Milton, Associate Dean of the Division (205.929.6306).
Real Estate Program and the Alabama Real Estate Commission