Global Business Certificate

As technology makes it easier for people across the world to communicate and interact, more and more businesses are taking a global perspective. International trade and investment have become essential parts of the economy, and with that, there's an ever-growing need for people with a firm understanding of worldwide business practices and perspectives.

Oakton's Global Business Studies program can prepare you to be that type of in-demand person. You will develop the knowledge to begin a career in worldwide commerce. Graduates may qualify as managers within international business departments, trade analysts, customs analysts, compliance specialists, trade coordinators or international logistics managers. If you already have a degree in another area, this program can also be an excellent way to add to your skillset and open yourself up to new and exciting career opportunities.

Depending on the certificate you choose, you'll take four courses in this program that will introduce you to key topics, including foreign trade documentation, importing and exporting, and global business and logistics.

If you're ambitious and interested in a career that could potentially take you around the world, this area of study might be a good fit. For more information on this program, contact Lisa Cherivtch, Global Business coordinator, at 847.376.7123 or lcherivt@oakton.edu.

Certificates

In our 15 credit hour program, among the topics you will learn is how to discuss concepts of corporate social responsibility and sustainability in addition to developing a business plan for a global business with consideration to the differences in customs and business practices throughout the world.

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The Import/Export Specialist Certificate program is the core education needed for success the in global imports and exports arena. In this program, students will learn about import and export regulations associated with trade compliance, required documentation related to preparing for global import/export processes, and strategies pertaining to logistics planning and payment terms.

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Job Outlook

Employment in business and financial operations occupations is projected to grow 8 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations, adding about 750,800 new jobs. Globalization, a growing economy, and a complex tax and regulatory environment are expected to continue to lead to strong demand for accountants and auditors. In addition, increasing usage of data and market research in order to understand customers and product demand, and to evaluate marketing strategies, will lead to growing demand for market research analysts.

This median annual wage for business and financial occupations was $72,250 in May 2020, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $41,950.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Potential Careers

International Business Departments Manager

Trade Analysts

Customs Analysts

Compliance Specialists

Trade Coordinators

International Logistics Managers

Meet Your Faculty and Experts

Global Business courses are taught by a team of talented instructors with distinguished academic and professional backgrounds. To ensure the quality of the curriculum and your education, the Global Business department is overseen by an expert panel of advisors.

Tracy Fulce
Chair of Business
Professor of Business
B.A. Michigan State University
M.B.A. Baker College
tfulce@oakton.edu
847.376.7803, Skokie
Office: B216, Skokie

Lisa  Cherivtch
Coordinator Global Business
Professor of Business
B.S. Northern Illinois University
M.B.A. DePaul University
lcherivt@oakton.edu
847.376.7123
Office: 3604, Des Plaines

David Lewis
Associate Professor of Business
dlewis@oakton.edu
847.635.1917
Office: 3604, Des Plaines

Meet our part time faculty:

Temecia Fortson
Lecturer
B.S. Northeastern Illinois University
M.B.A. Keller Graduate School of Management
tfortson@oakton.edu
847.635.1910
Office: B206, Skokie

Ruben Howard II
Lecturer
B.S. Jackson State University
M.S. Texas Southern University
M.S.B.A. Texas A&M University
Ph.D. Capella University
rhoward@oakton.edu
847.635.1807
Office: B104, Skokie

Lisa Ward
Lecturer
A.A.S. Harrison College
B.B.A. Northwood University
M.B.A. University of Phoenix
Ph.D. Northcentral University
lward@oakton.edu
847.635.1910
Office: B206, Skokie

Graziano Berto
Owner
Carlucci Rosemont

Robyn Wall Berto
Owner
Kolon and Associates

Raymond Camosy
Camosy Construction

Robert Chakrabarty
Account Director
Taproot Foundation

Jim Coates
IUOE Local 399 ETF
Training Fund Administrator

Dr. Jerry Field
Executive VP J.B. Burling Group Ltd.

Joseph Gurreri
Founding Principal/Innov Consult

Rand Hass
President
Medusa Consulting Group

Cynthia Morgan
Shift 2 Green
Pres-CEO

Richard Paullin
Executive Director
International Trade Assoc. of Greater Chicago

Steven Schumacher
Director Corporate HR
Sears

Brian Simek
Senior Manager Fleet Repair Services
Wheels Inc.

What's Next?

We are glad you are considering attending Oakton Community College. No matter where you are in your decision-making process, we are here to help you with your next steps. Whether you're ready to apply now, need information on paying for college or have questions and want to contact someone, we're here to help.

Contact Us

Tracy Fulce
Chair of Business / Professor of Business
847-376-7803
tfulce@oakton.edu

Lisa Cherivtch
Coordinator Global Business / Professor of Business
847.376.7123
lcherivt@oakton.edu