Why Choose NPC's Entrepreneurship?

If you are passionate, imaginative, self-confident, hate the status quo, never give up and want to control your own destiny, being an entrepreneur may be for you. Entrepreneurs have a passion for a subject or problem that needs solving, they want to control their own time and focus on what is important to them. Entrepreneurship plays a vital role in the growth of our local economy and Northland Pioneer College can help you learn the fundamentals you'll need to start your business and be successful.

About Our Program

There are many things you need to know to start a small business and preparing for these before you begin is your best chance for success. NPC's Entrepreneurship program will teach you the basics you'll need to know to start and run your own business. You'll learn about supervision, management, bookkeeping, customer service, marketing, finance, accounting, the regulatory environment and economics. As an entrepreneur you need a wide range of knowledge to be able to make smart decisions and move your business toward success.

You'll also have access to NPC's Small Business Development Center. They can work with you one-on-one and help you develop a successful business plan and find available funding resources to ensure you start off on the right foot.

Degree/Certificate Options

  • Certificate of Proficiency in Entrepreneurship
    A shortened program of study consisting of seven entry-level business courses where students focus on developing basic skills in business, supervision, management, bookkeeping, customer service, marketing
    and entrepreneurship.
  • Certificate of Applied Science in Entrepreneurship
    After completing the Certificate of Proficiency in Entrepreneurship, students need only take an additional four courses: personal finance, principles of management, English and mathematics to earn this higher level certificate that further prepares you to become an entrepreneur.
  • Associate of Applied Science Degree in Entrepreneurship
    Students who want to really stand out in the business world can earn a degree in Entrepreneurship by completing the Certificate of Applied Science and then taking the additional 33 credits in general education and more advanced business courses. Classes include computerized accounting and QuickBooks, Microsoft Excel, regulatory environments of business and macro and micro economics. Earning an associate degree can give you a significant advantage over other small business start-ups because you'll have a solid foundational knowledge of business to help guide you.

Career Opportunities

Entrepreneurs start new businesses and take on the risk and rewards of being an owner. Annual salaries vary by industry and level of success. Those who plan ahead and educate themselves on the range of issues that will impact their business before they start are the most successful.

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Online Course Options

Not all courses are offered every semester. Check the semester's online course list for current offerings or see your academic adviser.

  • See list of all 27 courses here.

Contact Us

Jennifer Bishop

Department Chair and Faculty in Business
White Mountain Campus -- Show Low
Goldwater Building, Room 109

(928) 532-6151

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education requires all colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation."  Gainful employment disclosure information can be found for specific programs regarding tuition and fees and median loan debt, completion and job placement rates, and jobs related to the program on the web page for each program area.

We hope this information is helpful to our current and prospective students as you make your career and educational choices. For more information on Gainful Employment requirements, please read this letter from the U.S. Department of Education (7-page PDF).


    Information on all eligible NPC programs can be found in the Gainful Employment Data Archives.