Entrepreneurship Certificate

Program Description

Students interested in starting their own business can learn the ins and outs of how to get started in the process and how to follow through to be successful through Craven Community College’s Entrepreneurship program. The Entrepreneurship curriculum is designed to provide students with the knowledge and the skills necessary for employment and growth as self-employed business owners.

Coursework includes developing a student’s ability to make informed decisions as future business owners. Courses include entrepreneurial concepts learned in innovation and creativity, business funding, and marketing. Additional coursework includes computers and economics.

Students with an interest in art, creative writing, music or welding may also choose up to 8 hours of elective courses within Craven’s entrepreneurial program to develop those skills. Basic foreign language acquisition is another optional part of the program students may choose to learn to enable them to operate in the global entrepreneurial economy.

Through these skills, students will have a sound education base in entrepreneurship for lifelong learning. Graduates are prepared to be self-employed and open their own businesses.

Craven Community College’s Entrepreneurship Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs.

Admission Criteria

Admission to this program requires that students be high school graduates or have a recognized equivalency.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Develop a business plan for a new venture.
  • Demonstrate creativity and innovation as it relates to new business startup.
  • Describe the steps necessary to secure funding for a new business venture.

Career Opportunities

Entrepreneurship plays a vital role in the growth of the U.S. economy. The list of new business ideas is limitless, but includes:

  • Eating and drinking places
  • Health care services
  • Personnel supply services
  • Computer services
  • Management and public relations services
  • Real estate
  • Amusement and recreation services
  • Lawn and home care services
  • Sustainable opportunities.

Contact Information

Executive Director of Career Programs
252-638-7372

Admissions Office
252-638-7430

Certificate Requirements

Courses in this program

Certificate Classes

Course Course Code Credit Hours Link to course details

This course introduces business decision-making using accounting information systems. Emphasis is placed on analyzing, summarizing, reporting, and interpreting financial information. Upon completion, students should be able to prepare financial statements, understand the role of financial information in decision-making and address ethical considerations.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 3  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 4 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take ENG-002, Take MAT-003
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course provides a survey of the business world. Topics include the basic principles and practices of contemporary business. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of business concepts as a foundation for studying other business subjects.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course provides an introduction to the principles of entrepreneurship. Topics include self-analysis of entrepreneurship readiness, the role of entrepreneur in economic development, legal problems, organizational structure, sources of financing, budgeting, and cash flow. Upon completion, students should have an understanding of the entrepreneurial process and issues faced by entrepreneurs.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course introduces computer concepts including fundamental functions and operations of the computer. Topics include identification of hardware components, basic computer operations, security issues, and use of software applications. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the role and function of computers and use the computer to solve problems.

Lecture Hours: 2  Lab Hours: 2  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take One: DRE-097, ENG-002, BSP-4002, ENG-111
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course provides a study of developing and enhancing individual and organizational creativity and innovation. Topics include that innovation needs to be applied to products, services, and processes to increase competitive advantages and add value to businesses. Upon completion, students should be able to apply innovation and creativity principles in the work place.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None