School and Ranking Information
There are seven schools within 50 miles of Charlotte, NC, that offer degrees in banking management or finance. The following school is the top pick for the area based on number of programs offered and faculty-to-student ratio.
- Winner: Located 44 miles from Charlotte in Hickory, NC, sits Catawba Valley Community College. The public, 2-year institution's School of Business, Industry and Technology offers both a business administration associate's degree and certificate program.
School Info Chart
|Category||Catawba Valley Community College|
|School Type||2-year; public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $2,485 (in-state); $8,531 (out-of-state)*|
|Business Administration Degrees Offered||Certificate, Associate's|
|Business Administration Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013||40**|
|Most Popular Business Administration Degree Level in 2013||Associate's (32 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||21%**|
|Noteworthy||Business administration courses are available in the evening***|
Sources: *U.S. News and World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***Catawba Valley Community College
Catawba Valley Community College
- Flexible on-campus classes as well as online course availability provides an ideal environment for working professionals and those with time constraints
- Students have access to the Business, Industry and Technology Advising Center, where they can get advice on various career paths and educational programs
Established in 1958, Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) has grown to include over 4,000 students while still maintaining an 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio. CVCC's School of Business, Industry and Technology features academic departments in business, business technology, engineering technologies, industrial technology, environmental, and business and industry services. Departmental degree programs in turn provide a variety of concentration options for students to specialize their studies.
Students who are interested in studying banking but are unable to devote the time to acquiring a 2-year associate's degree can earn an advanced certificate in business administration. The program allows for skill development in financial practices relevant to improved employment potential and advancement in the field. Coursework consists of topics like micro and macroeconomics and principles of financial accounting.
The Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration program introduces students to general business principles, as well as covering business law, financial accounting, and economics. Graduates are prepared for new work or advancement in a broad range of financial institutions.