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 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


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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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
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
Office: 3604, Des Plaines

David Lewis
Associate Professor of Business
Office: 3604, Des Plaines

Meet our part time faculty:

Temecia Fortson
B.S. Northeastern Illinois University
M.B.A. Keller Graduate School of Management
Office: B206, Skokie

Ruben Howard II
B.S. Jackson State University
M.S. Texas Southern University
M.S.B.A. Texas A&M University
Ph.D. Capella University
Office: B104, Skokie

Lisa Ward
A.A.S. Harrison College
B.B.A. Northwood University
M.B.A. University of Phoenix
Ph.D. Northcentral University
Office: B206, Skokie

Graziano Berto
Carlucci Rosemont

Robyn Wall Berto
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
Medusa Consulting Group

Cynthia Morgan
Shift 2 Green

Richard Paullin
Executive Director
International Trade Assoc. of Greater Chicago

Steven Schumacher
Director Corporate HR

Brian Simek
Senior Manager Fleet Repair Services
Wheels Inc.

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