This 16-credit certificate program prepares graduates to perform basic computer software applications and effectively communicate and perform basic math calculations.

Students also learn the skills necessary to build and maintain good working relationships with fellow employees. Instruction and hands-on training cover topics such as business math, business communications and introduction to computer technology.


Graduates will obtain foundational knowledge and skills to open up a range of career opportunities in the diverse world of business. Nearly every type of product or service industry has a need for entry-level team members to offer general business support and expertise.

Next Steps

All credits obtained through the Business Foundations Certificate can be applied toward the Associate of Applied Science degree in Business at NTC, as well as diplomas and degrees in other areas of study, including Accounting, Administration, Computing, Office Management and Sales and Marketing.

Degree Requirements

Course #Course NameCredit
ACCT 1000Financial Information for Life3.00
MKTG 1108Customer Relations Mgmt3.00
ADMS 1116Business Communications3.00
SUPL 1104Intro to Business3.00
 Technical Electives4
Total Credits16

Program Skills

  • Demonstrate effective written and electronic communication
  • Demonstrate understanding of business environments
  • Describe ethics in business
  • Apply and understand importance of financial planning methods
  • Demonstrate understanding of exceptional customer service strategies


Carsha Lapp
Sales and Marketing Faculty
Office: BMD 208
(218) 333-6667

Sheila Lapp
Accounting Faculty
Office: BMD 208
(218) 333-6674