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Program Information

Sharing your business expertise will benefit thousands of students throughout the country. To find out about the Business Administration programs in which these students are enrolled, see the topics below.

Students in Business Administration programs acquire know-how in:

  • Soft skills
    These skills are often stressed by businesspeople as must-haves for today’s workplace and address communications, emotional intelligence, leadership, time management, goal setting, decision making, problem solving, etc.
  • Technological skills
    Students learn how to apply technological tools to accomplish work tasks.
  • Technical skills
    Students acquire specialized technical skills needed in specific business careers.

To learn more about aspects of the Business Administration curricula, click here.

Certification Reflects Extra Effort

MBA Research, the student organization DECA, and several state education departments co-sponsor the industry-based Institute for Assessment of Skills and Knowledge of Business (A*S*K Institute).

Students and early-career professionals earning an A*S*K certification in general business or in specialized areas such as marketing, finance, or professional selling, demonstrate the extra effort typical of future company leaders. Being certified by the A*S*K Institute indicates that students are willing to be accountable for their learning and that they are interested in positioning themselves for employment and career advancement.

Getting certified requires students to pass an online exam that addresses nationally validated standards. For their efforts, students receive file letters, a web-based profile, and press releases that they can use in their personal portfolios and job/college application materials.

For more information on A*S*K certification, click here.

Students can begin Business Administration classes as early as ninth grade and continue throughout high school. These programs enable students to enter the workforce immediately after high school and/or to pursue more advanced know-how in college. Many Business Administration programs partner with colleges to enable students to receive college credit for courses taken in high school.

Students in Business Administration programs receive instruction to prepare for careers in Business Management and Administration, Finance/Financial Services, Marketing, and Hospitality and Tourism. Click here for more info.

BPA
The mission of Business Professionals of America is to contribute to the preparation of a world-class workforce through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic, and technological skills.

DECA
DECA's objective is to support the development of marketing and management skills in career areas such as hospitality, finance, sales and service, business administration and entrepreneurship.

FBLA
The FBLA-PBL Mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.

JA
Junior Achievement is a non profit organization that brings the real world to students through hands-on curriculum delivered by a trained classroom volunteer. Our programs inspire and prepare young people around the world for success in a global economy by teaching them the key concepts of workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy.

SIFE
Non-profit organization educating people on concepts like market economics, entrepreneurship, and business ethics through educational outreach projects.

We learn a lot from the business community and want to share that with you in our Action Briefs that highlight business trends and their impact on the workplace and curriculum.  Click here to read more.

Feedback from ExecNet business leaders across the country is posted here.

Do you ever wonder who the other business professionals are who provide feedback, participate in surveys, and take part in panels? The Leader Board is our way of introducing you to some of our key advisors and leading experts who help provide the input that makes our National Business Administration Standards accurate, complete, and industry-pure.


Sara Larkins
Sara is the Marketing, Public Relations and Communications Manager at NIC Inc. DBA Nebraska Interactive, (an information and technology company) in Lincoln, Nebraska. Her focus is overseeing, planning and directing the day-to-day data driven marketing at NIC. She utilizes strategic big-picture visioning and planning to set the tone and develop all forward facing and internal communications utilizing a cross-disciplinary team. Sara also has a strong background in project management, entrepreneurship, and innovation and is a former Los Angeles based corporation and business owner.

In November 2016, Sara participated in a Marketing Futuring Panel held by MBA Research and Curriculum Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Futuring Panels were held in conjunction with the Nebraska Department of Education. During the Futuring Panels, business executives from across Nebraska shared insights with MBA Research and the NE Department of Education about skillsets needed in the workplace and emerging trends in business. Since that time, Sara has been active in our Executive Network, and has provided ongoing feedback in the Marketing Communications area.


Rusty Poeppelmeier
Rusty is a Regional Commercial Surety Manager at Liberty Mutual Surety™ in Cincinnati, OH.  He has more than 20 years of experience in field underwriting and management in the South and Midwest regions.  He currently manages commercial transactional surety & fidelity for a five-state region in the Midwest.  Rusty is the past President of the Surety Association of Ohio where he was involved in lobbying and outreach programs.  He is currently a director on the board of the Ohio chapter of the American Subcontractors Association.  Some of Rusty’s specialties include financial analysis, investing, risk management, technology, and the underwriting discipline.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Toledo.

In 2013, Rusty participated in a business focus group facilitated by MBA Research for the Ohio Department of Education. Since then, he’s been an active ExecNet member and provides insightful feedback on the monthly Action Briefs. This coming school year, Rusty will assist us with Action Brief development to ensure that we capture trend implications for the finance industry.

In his spare time, Rusty enjoys spending time with his wife, Georgette, and two adopted children, Jaden and Warren.  He is an avid reader and percussionist in the Cincinnati Brass Band.


Arnie Chonko
Since March, 2016, Arnie has provided valuable business-practitioner insight into the development of MBA Research’s monthly Action Briefs. He has ensured that we comprehensively and accurately address the trends that we discuss. He has also supported our efforts through ExecNet surveys, reactions to published Action Briefs, and participation in an OH Business Management and Administration focus group that MBA Research facilitated for the Ohio Department of Education.

Arnie is Director of Human Resources for the Harris Product Group at Lincoln Electric in Cincinnati, OH. Some of his areas of expertise are strategic planning; performance management; recruiting, talent, and diversity management; and executive coaching. Arnie’s college degrees include a BS in Business Administration from The Ohio State University and an MBA in Marketing and Human Resources from the University of Pittsburgh.