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December 21, 2013

Chamber, college team up for business course

A new SUNY Broome Community College course, “Personal and Professional Development,” will debut in February at the Foothills Performing Arts Center in Oneonta.

According to a media release, the course focuses on soft skills with topics that include, personal direction, discovering personal and professional strengths, setting and achieving goals, understanding self-esteem, learning to think critically, the power of motivation, defining and visualizing success, managing resources (time and money), and communicating assertively.

President and CEO of the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce, Barbara Ann Heegan, who recently joined the Broome Community College faculty as an Adjunct Instructor, will be teaching the course.

“It is an exciting opportunity to bring Broome Community College to Otsego County,” Heegan said in the release. “These are skills employers are looking for across the board. Any working professional or student seeking to obtain a degree, or enhance professional development can benefit.”

This course will be the first in a new Otsego County Chamber of Commerce initiative designated as “Campus Otsego.”

The goal of Campus Otsego is to help promote Otsego County, build student attachment to the region, and connect student with employers in the region.

“BCC is extremely excited to partner with the Otsego Chamber of Commerce to increase leadership training, community engagement, and innovative partnerships across the region,” said Beth Mollen, dean of business and public services at SUNY Broome.

BIT 270 is a 3-credit course that is transferrable as an elective (within the SUNY system). It can also be applied to the NYS Entrepreneurial Certificate Program or the Business Information Management AAS degree, both at SUNY Broome Community College.

The course will meet Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon from Feb. 1 to May 17 at the Foothills Performing Arts Center. It will have an online component mixed with experimental learning and face-to-face meetings.

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