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Business

Chair: Stacee McIff
Phone: (435)283-7566
Email: stacee.mciff@snow.edu

Department's Webpage: www.snow.edu/business  

Business has a history at Snow College spanning more than 100 years. The founders were passionate about education and practical in providing knowledge and skills to help their children become useful and successful in the world of business and industry. The Business Department is committed to building on this distinguished history. The goal of serving students with exceptional programs remains unchanged, but the methods have evolved to meet the changing world.

Students can pursue the business careers described in this catalog by means of Certificates of Proficiency, Certificate of Completion, Associate of Science, Associate of Science Business, and Associate of Arts degrees.

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Agribusiness

Contact: Jay Olsen
Phone: (435)283-7335
Email: jay.olsen@snow.edu

Webpage: www.snow.edu/agriculture 

Agriculture has been part of Snow College from the beginning of the college. Currently the Agriculture program focuses on the business of farming and ranching and agribusiness. The Ag Business program is committed to building on our agriculture heritage with the goal of serving students with sound exceptional programs to build skills for successfully running and operating an Ag Business.

Snow College's Ag Business Department offers a Certificate of Proficiency, a Certificate of Completion and Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Ag Business. Ag Business and Agriculture majors desiring to transfer to a university to work towards a Bachelor of Science (BS) in any area of Agriculture will want to complete an Associate of Science (AS 60 credits). Agriculture students desiring to enter the workforce following two years of college will look to pursue an Associate of Applied Science (AAS 63 credits). An AAS provides an ideal preparation for entrance into professions such as: agriculture business management and other business careers, livestock production, crop production, agriculture sales, agriculture marketing, and natural resource areas e.g. range management, forestry, grazing management and soil conservation. Students desiring a quick upgrade of agriculture skills will look towards a Certificate of Proficiency or Certificate of Completion.

Ag Business Program Outcomes

Students who complete an AS with emphasis in Agriculture Business, or students who complete an AAS in Ag Business or either of the Ag Business certificates should expect the following outcomes from the program:

Acquire Substantive Knowledge

  • Have acquired a balanced and inclusive knowledge of agriculture business management.
  • Are familiar with current theories and processes in planning, analyzing, and directing an agriculture business.
  • Are familiar with internal and external business and economic forces that effect the business environment of agricultural business.

Communications

  • Are comfortable and confident in making decisions, expressing ideas and organizing ideas into presentations and able to interact with others
  • Be able to produce clear, purposeful and grammatically correct written documents.

Computation

  • Have the ability to keep financial and production records and apply financial and production records in decision making.
  • Be able to perform appropriate analyses for quantitative and qualitative data and decision making.

Professionalism

  • Appreciate the relationship between producing food, fiber and fuel and caring for nature and their physical and life sciences.
  • Be able to work with a partner or as a team to prepare and present a presentation an informative and effect presentation on a substantive agriculture topic.

Technology

  • Know fundamental use of computers in an agriculture business management setting using spreadsheets, accounting software and basic agriculture business analysis software.
  • Be able to produce professional-looking documents, presentations and projects using current industry standard software.

Equine Management Program Outcomes

A student who completes an AAS degree in Equine Management at Snow College should expect to leave with the following outcomes:

Acquire substantive knowledge:

  • Students will understand the fundamentals of an equine management or equine production business and the relationship of equine management in the agriculture industry.
  • Students will understand that equine management encompasses people's love for the horse for recreation, entertainment, sport, and work.

Communications:

  • Students will be able to organize and effectively present themselves to prospective employers and customers using both verbal and written communication.
  • Students will be able to produce clear, concise purposeful and grammatically correct written documents.

Innovative Livestock Management Program Outcomes

A student who completes an AAS degree in Innovative Livestock Management at Snow College should expect to leave with the following outcomes.

Acquire substantive knowledge:

  • Students will understand the fundamentals of physical science laws and principles, mechanical applications, business management, production, sales, and the relationship of technology in the agriculture industry.
  • Students will understand that livestock production encompasses a growing industry in agriculture, and can, in turn, provide for a healthier economic state in our rural communities, as well as conservation of local natural resources.
  • Students will understand all aspects of safety when it comes to operation, repair, and maintenance of agricultural equipment. This will include certification through the Utah Department of Agriculture.

Communications:

  • Students will be able to organize and effectively present themselves to prospective employers and customers using both verbal and written communication.
  • Students will produce clear, concise, purposeful, and grammatically correct written documents.

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Business

Contact: Stacee McIff
Phone: (435)283-7566
Email: stacee.mciff@snow.edu

Webpage: www.snow.edu/business

Business has a history at Snow College spanning more than 100 years. The founders were passionate about education and practical in providing knowledge and skills to help their children become useful and successful in the world of business and industry. The Business Department is committed to build on this distinguished history. The goal of serving students with exceptional programs remains unchanged, but the methods have evolved to meet the changing world.

Students can pursue the business careers described in this catalog by means of Certificates of Proficiency, Certificate of Completion, Associate of Science, Associate of Science Business, and Associate of Arts degrees. The Associate of Science Business (ASB) degree is designed to facilitate seamless transfer to business bachelor's degree programs at state universities in Utah.

Business Program Outcomes

A student who completes the ASB degree or certificates at Snow College should expect the following outcomes from the program:

Acquire Substantive Knowledge

  • Students will be able to examine fundamentals of business and the relationship of business to society by analyzing a real business.
  • Students will be able to apply knowledge of local and national laws as they relate to business.

Communications

  • Students will be able to deliver oral presentations that are customized for the intended audience, well organized, and effectively delivered.
  • Students will be able to produce clear, concise, purposeful, and grammatically correct written documents.

Computation

  • Students will be able to use industry standard software or a calculator to perform accurate calculations and summarize data effectively.
  • Students will be able to choose and perform appropriate analyses for quantitative and qualitative data.

Professionalism

  • Students will be able to collaborate effectively in teams, complete responsibilities, and assist teammates.
  • Students will be able to design an educational and/or career pathway that establishes a direction for their overall professional goals.

Technology

  • Students will be able to complete a project using business technology to solve real world business problems in a changing and dynamic workplace.
  • Students will be able to produce professional- looking documents and projects using industry standard hardware and software tools.

Precision Agriculture Program Outcomes

Students who complete an AS with emphasis in Precision Agriculture, or students who complete an AAS with an emphasis in Ag Systems Technology or an emphasis in Ag Systems Mechanics should expect the following outcomes from the program:

  • Are familiar with current theories and processes in planning, analyzing, and directing an agriculture business.
  • Are confident in expressing ideas and organizing ideas into presentations and able to interact with others.
  • Be able to produce clear, purposeful and grammatically correct written documents.
  • Know fundamental use of computers in an agriculture business management using spreadsheets, accounting software and basic agriculture business analysis software.

Programs within Discipline 

Farm/Ranch Management

Contact: Jay Olsen
Phone: (435) 283-7335
Email: jay.olsen@snow.edu

Webpage: www.snow.edu/farm

Snow College offers a Farm/Ranch Management program to assist farm/ranch families in achieving their business and personal goals by improving the profit- ability of their business.

The program teaches farmers and ranchers to keep detailed computerized financial and production records and to use these records in making timely and intelligent business decisions. Some computer literacy is also taught. The focus is on education and not merely a “bookkeeping service.”

The program is designed to be spread over two to three years, depending on the farm/ranch family’s business skills and business management objectives and goals.  Farm/ranch families may enroll at any time during the year, but it is recommended that they enroll at the beginning of their financial year.  Instruction is two to three hours once a month (more if necessary) one-on-one at the farm/ranch site with some group instruction to discuss and give instruction on topics of common interest.   All financial and production records and other information is kept strictly confidential.

Management of a farm/ranch is primarily a decision making process.  To be successful in management and decision-making processes, the course is composed of various units taught in an organized sequence.  Approximately 135 contact hours are required to complete the program. 

Outcomes:

Students who complete courses in Farm/Ranch Management will be expected to demonstrate that they:

  • Have record-keeping skills necessary for business decisions;
  • Can maintain a working chart of accounts;
  • Can post income and expenses to the accounting system using the chart of accounts;
  • Are able to reconcile their accounting system with their monthly bank statements;
  • Can create a profit and loss statement;
  • Are able to generate and maintain an accurate balance sheet;
  • Know how to apply the financial and production records in decision making;
  • Know the principle purpose of financial statements in obtaining loans and providing information for income taxes;
  • Know how to interpret financial statements in order to analyze strengths and weaknesses of the farm/ranch;
  • Develop a budget and monitor actual to budget income and expenses;
  • Have a sense of satisfaction in developing a budget while monitoring their desired outcome;
  • Feel a sense of accomplishment in their management skills and abilities;
  • Have a feeling of confidence as they see their financial soundness improve;
  • Know the contribution that they are making to society by providing food.

Outdoor Leadership and Entrepreneurship

Contact: Whitney Ward
Phone: (435)283-7551
Email: whitney.ward@snow.edu

Webpage: www.snow.edu/ole

The Outdoor Leadership and Entrepreneurship Program at Snow College is a highly field-based program that offers unique learning environments, which are characterized by hands-on learning in small classes where students have the opportunity for close interaction with fellow students, faculty, professionals, and the outdoor environments. 

Students will leave Snow College with a strong educational foundation and real-world experience in both outdoor leadership and entrepreneurship by participating in a variety of experiences including internship, certifications, trainings, and instruction. 

The Outdoor Leadership and Entrepreneurship Program prepares to successfully start their own outdoor business, enter the outdoor industry workforce, or continue their education.

Outdoor Leadership and Entrepreneurship Program Outcomes

Students who complete the Outdoor Leadership and Entrepreneurship Associates Degree and certificates will:

  • Communicate effectively in both oral and written contexts.
  • Work effectively as a team.
  • Apply business principles as they relate to the outdoors.
  • Address and assess industry standards and best management practices.
  • Apply outdoor skills (which may include basic camping skills, equipment and clothing selection and use, weather, health and sanitation, travel techniques, navigation, technical skills).
  • Express theoretical knowledge as it relates to outdoor adventure and then demonstrate critical thinking, judgement and decision making.
  • Develop a personal definition of outdoor leadership.
  • Apply planning, logistics, and risk management strategies for trip planning/programming.

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