Monroe County Community College has launched an Accelerated Entrepreneurship Certificate Program for busy adults for this Fall Semester.

The four-course, 12-credit certificate program is designed so that students can complete it in just 15 weeks while attending classes on campus just one evening per week, said Leon Letter, dean of the Business Division.

Classes for three of the four courses -- Exploring Creativity, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Principles of Marketing  -- will meet on Wednesday evenings on a rotating basis.  Each course will meet in-person once every three weeks and online for the other two weeks.

This blended format will allow each course to meet in-person five times throughout the 15-week certificate program, Letter said.

The final course in the Accelerated Entrepreneurship Certificate Program is a capstone course that will be completed online throughout the semester.  During this course, students will develop a plan for an actual business and submit it to their instructor and other students in the certificate program for review, comment and revision. 

"At the end of the semester, they will do a pitch for their business concept," Letter said.

The certificate program is set up as a cohort program, meaning students will start and finish the program at the same time.  

Letter said that the cohort design will allow students to become resources for each other as they navigate their coursework and develop their business ideas, as cohort programs have benefits like more of a team or community feel, a higher level of comfortability, smaller program size and stronger professional bonding.

The bonds the students will develop will also serve them well as they implement their business plans after completing the certificate, according to Letter.

"Having a network of people to lean on can help new business through their everyday struggles and may provide a few more businesses with the needed push to become successful," he said.

For more information on the Accelerated Entrepreneurship Certificate Program, contact Letter at (734) 384-4282 or

Fall Semester starts August 24. To enroll, contact the Office of Admissions and Guidance at (734) 384-4104 or  For more info on enrollment, go to

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