Category Archives: Education

Environment & Culture In Costa Rica

Informational session just announced – Monday – May 6 @ 12.00 pm in The Biz Hub C025.  

During the spring 2020 semester Professor Joel Chapin and the division of fine arts in conjunction with Dr. Mark Swain and the FM Biz Hub are offering another international travel opportunity.

Click here to enroll on the International Business Enrollment, including prices and travel information.

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British Isles – Spring Break 2019

Informational session just announced – Thursday, Sept 13 at noon in room C025, The FM Biz Hub.  

BUS 206 International Business: Study Abroad – The British Isles (Ireland, Wales and England)   

During the Spring 2019 semester the FM Biz Hub is offering International Business: Study Abroad. This is a special topics elective that includes an experiential learning objective with a study abroad component to Ireland (Killarney & Dublin) North Wales and England (Stratford, Oxford and London) during  Spring Break 2019. Students will study similarities and differences in the cultural, political and business practices of the United States, Europe and Great Britain. Business students will be visiting and studying at corporations in Dublin and London. Participants will also get guided tours of popular sites on route. The trip is open to the community and taking the class is not required to attend the trip.

To see the complete itinerary click here. The cost is $3,455 with a$150 surcharge if travelers are older than 30. That includes flights to and from Albany, NY, accommodation, breakfast, two evening meals and guided tours highlighted in the itinerary. If travelers sign up in in September an additional $150 discount will be applied so it will only cost $3,305…Sign up today!

For more information on these trips and/or the class contact; Mark Swain, Business Instructormark.swain@fmcc.edu or Joel Chapin, Art Professor joel.chapin@fmcc.edu

FM Biz Hub students visiting the Tower of London and businesses in Dublin.

Advance in Your Career or Get Started on One… Earn an Administrative Assistant Degree!

By Prof. Dybas

With the expanding role and responsibilities of an Administrative Assistant in today’s modern office environment, have you ever thought about working in a busy medical office or in a bustling business setting? Fulton-Montgomery Community College has the programs and courses needed to start you in this career, get you ahead in your current position, or change your job!

Mentors Make A Difference

Prof. Dybas & Al Green

By: Amy Radik

Through basketball recruitment, Al Green of Brooklyn, New York, came to FM.  In his first semester, he had a tough time juggling school and athletics and it showed through his grades.  He decided to put all of his focus and energy into his school work but he needed some guidance – enter Assistant Professor of Business Technology Applications Charlene Dybas. 
 
Assistant Professor Dybas was part of a new mentor program at FM where faculty members volunteered their time to work one-one-one with students.  Because Al’s career goal is to start his own business, he was matched with a business faculty member.
 
“Professor Dybas tutored me in a couple of my classes, helping me with my homework,” said Al.  “She taught me how to study.  I am thankful she was put in my life because I know the consequences of bad grades – you go home.  I’m the oldest of four siblings and I’m used to being in charge.  I had a lot of responsibility growing up and I know I can be responsible enough to run my own business.  Professor Dybas is helping me earn my degree so I can fulfill my goal.”
 
Al said earning a college degree was not only important to him but to his parents and grandmother as well.  “They have been my support system and encourage me to do my best,” said Al.  “I don’t want to let them down.”
 
Al likens Assistant Professor Dybas to a “campus mom.”  According to Al, they became close enough that he was comfortable not only discussing his school work with her but sought life advice from her as well.
 
Before seeking a mentor, Al’s grade point average was at or below a 1.5.  He has boosted it to over a 2.5 with the help of Dybas.
 
“Meeting Professor Dybas was a blessing,” says Al.  “I didn’t realize how much help FM had to offer until I looked for it.  Not only did she assist me, but I also utilized tutors in the Math and Writing Labs, the Biz Hub (FM’s Business Club), and the Evans Library.  I would tell any struggling student to use your campus’ resources; if you look for help, it’s always out there.”
 
Al finds new challenges in his life every day, whether school challenges or social challenges, they are there.  “Because of all of the help I am receiving at FM, I now know how to handle adversaries and controversies better.  I have found a balance in my life because I wanted to; you have to want something and go after it.  At FM, the faculty don’t go after it for you, but they teach you how to reach your goals.  If you listen, you will succeed.”
 
Although Al is not as involved with basketball as he once was, he still plays intramurals and watches the L.A. Lakers, his favorite NBA team.
 
“I still participate in campus activities, but I keep my education as my top priority,” says Al.  “I like money and in order to earn it and become my own boss, my focus needs to be a college degree.”

Final Tests – Easy as ABC

The end of the semester is almost here and that means tests and final projects are standing between you and the Holidays. Your time is now. When the going gets tough, you need to go get a cup of coffee and study just a little bit longer. Make a plan of what you need to accomplish, make a list of all projects and assignments that need to be handed in and add your test dates to your calendar. Set your alarm clock early on the morning of the test, take your time when driving to FM, listen to some classical music and get your head in the game. You will have plenty of time to rest during the winter break.

Students don’t plan to fail, they simply fail to plan, so make a plan. Get a note pad and list all the things you need to get accomplished and put them in priority order. Consider Stephen Covey’s advice in setting priorities using the ABC Method. You may want to add Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, to your holiday shopping list. When I first started working at GE I was required to read Stephen Covey’s book, which I later studied in a class during my GE Corporate Entry Leadership Course (CELC). This book is extremely helpful to all people in business.

Successful companies hire successful people, so practice your future success today. There is no time like the present. Make a plan for the last few days of the semester and execute the plan. Or, as Nike so eloquently promotes, Just Do It!

The ABC method is simple, effective and used by business leaders across the world. Use the following steps and examples to help you navigate your education success. The priority definitions are as follows: A = Vital, B = Important, C = Nice. Once you have completed the A task, then the B’s and C’s move up to become A’s and B’s respectively. Consider setting a grid on your paper, typing in MS Word or those readers who know me, use MS Excel to create the following:

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The Importance of Professionalism in College

Often students think that their day to day behavior is appropriate and acceptable in the classroom and with their professors.  College is a place to learn and practice the skills and behaviors you will need to use in the workplace.  For example, if a student wants to email a professor, the email should be written in a professional manner.  This is a typical email from a student “hey, i can’t make it to class, did i miss anything important? get back to me, slacker sam” There are many things wrong with this email, including “did I miss anything important?”  Think about how that sounds to the professor.  It is not what you say it is how you say it! Here is an example of appropriate email:

“Dear Professor Henderson,

I was unable to attend your Principles of Management class on Tuesday 9/20.  I would like to be prepared for the next class. Can you please email me the assignments I may have missed?

Thank you,

Perfect Peter”

In addition to writing an appropriate email, Perfect Peter is on time to class, he is attentive, participates in conversations, his appearance is pulled together.  Perfect Peter is building a network of people who can recommend him for another college or job.  Slacker Sam on the other hand is really doing little to build his educational and career foundation.  Body language, appearance, written and verbal communication skills are all incredibly important in today’s job market – start practicing them here and NOW!  They will become second nature and you will be able to focus on your career skills!

Alexandra Henderson – Business Professor

BUS 206 International Business: Visit Dublin & Belfast

Informational Session – Monday, September 19 at noon in room C025. Special Pricing for the month of September “Only $2,635″

During the Spring 2017 semester the FM Biz Hub is offering International Business: Study Abroad. This is a special topics elective that includes an experiential learning objective with a study abroad component to Dublin and Belfast during Spring Break 2017. Students will study similarities and differences in the cultural, political and business practices of the United States, Ireland, Europe and Great Britain. Business students will be visiting and studying at least one Dublin based corporation. Participants will also get guided tours of popular Irish sites, from the Temple Bar, St. Patricks’s Cathedral, See the Book of Kells, and much more. The trip is open to the community and taking the class is not required to attend the trip.

To see the complete itinerary click here. The cost is $2,835 with a$150 surcharge if travelers are older than 30. That includes flights to and from Albany-NY, accommodation, breakfast, two evening meals and guided tours highlighted in the itinerary. If travellers sign up in September an additional $200 discount will be applied so it will only cost $2,635…Sign up today!

Contact Mark Swain, Business Instructor for more details: mark.swain@fmcc.suny.edu

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FM Biz Hub Student Moves On To Finals

By: Mykha’el Wilson – My FM Biz Hub Entrepreneur

The excitement and nervousness were palpable as we arrived at Suny Polytechnic for the Mohawk Valley Qualifier for the New York State Business Plan Competition.  One of the things I was most looking forward to was networking with students who I had met last year and students that were competing for the first time.  It is incredibly energizing to be in an environment with student entrepreneurs that are passionate about their business ideas.

I was more nervous…

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FM’s International Business Experience – 2016

Fourteen FM students, faculty and alumni ventured overseas to London, England for FM’s 2016 spring break. Travellers experienced; art exhibits, museums, Windsor castle, changing of the guards at Buckingham palace, and the diverse national cuisine from fish & chips to chicken tikka masala. Students got to visit a nationally acclaimed musical, “In The Heights”. Some travellers even adventured to see an authentic Football game (Millwall vs Sheffield United) during a typical Saturday afternoon in the South end of London.

Business students attended personalized business tours to match their international business curriculum and interactive meetings with Lloyds of London, an insurance market located in the City of London with over £25 billion in gross revenues for 2014. Business students then had an extreme contrast in business experience by visiting a young and exciting tech startup, Pavegen.  Pavegen is dedicated to changing the way we think about energy by using smart flooring to capture energy and data with every footstep. Students engaged in meaningful conversations with startup executives to understand the daily work environment and long-term strategy of this dynamic startup.

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Win An i-Pad

All this month, the Evans Library will be offering you the opportunity to become financially savvy by offering presentations and activities related to good money management.  And here’s the great part: For every session you attend, or every activity you complete, you’ll be entered into a weekly prize drawing.  (BTW – the first drawing is Friday, April 8th!)

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