Inside the Business Institute

Inside the Business Institute

The Business programs at EMCC provide students with the practical and technical skills and training that lead to a rewarding career in a variety of fields.

Our programs make the news quite often for innovation, community involvement, and student success. Read the latest. 

Calendar of Events

  • Learn about the different Business degrees and certificates that we offer
  • Visit with university transfer specialists from ASU, UA, NAU, GCU and other transfer partners, as well as EMCC advisors and Entrepreneur/DECA club officers and members
  • Interact with successful student alumni

  • The annual Advisory Board, where business owners, managers, and university transfer specialists are invited to provide feedback on what characteristics and skills they're looking for in our student graduates as they prepare to transfer to the universities and/or enter the workforce.

  • The annual EMCC Small Business Expo and Marketplace brings together local West Valley businesses, employee business owners, and EMCC students to showcase and sell their respective goods and services to offer attendees the opportunity to meet a variety of area vendors.
  • Taking place on the scenic EMCC campus, it’s a great opportunity to see the diversity of goods and services available from area businesses, make new connections, and foster consumer-to-business and business-to-business relationships that help strengthen the community and serves as a fundraiser for the Entrepreneur/DECA Club to offset operating costs and pay for state and international academic competitions.

  • The annual Business Career Panel, where successful business owners/managers provide our students with "real-world" perspectives on what it took for them to accomplish their goals, the pros and cons of their respective chosen careers, their experiences, and words of advice for our students hoping to be in their shoes one day.  
  • Time, Date, and Location: To be determined.

  • Every student needs to attend the new student orientation. This event is designed to inform incoming students about the EMCC campus, available resources, faculty and staff expectations, opportunities offered, and the importance of identifying their personal and educational goals.
  • When you enroll in a business program, you become part of the Business Institute. The Institute orientation is your opportunity to connect with faculty, staff, and other students. You’ll hear about resources just for your program, as well as  be able to connect with a variety of EMCC’s business partners for future internships or scholarships.
  • Finally, when you’re ready, you’ll want to keep an eye open for EMCC’s graduation deadlines in order to fully celebrate your big day.


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Learning Spaces

What does EMCC’s Business Institute offer for learning spaces? Check out the photo gallery to see our state-of-the-art facilities and teaching spaces that give you the opportunity to learn, study and experience college life in realistic settings.

Justin Decknick Testimonial

Justin Decknick
EMCC alumnus Justin Decknick is currently the vice president of Sales and Branding at Truly360, the largest Google Trusted Agency worldwide. It was the 2008 recession that helped him come to the decision to pursue a new educational opportunity. “I found myself needing an extra set of skills to be competitive and attractive in the marketplace,” he said. While Glendale Community College was a bit closer in location for Decknick, he wanted to see what Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) had to offer. During that initial visit, he found a time-saving route that made the possibility a bit more beneficial. He solidified his decision to come to EMCC after discovering all the college had to offer him. Decknick was encouraged to take a career assessment – a test that would help him in selecting a career path that would best fit his natural attributes and interests. “The assessment put me on the path to begin my pursuit of obtaining the general business degree from EMCC.” Being involved in many different activities at EMCC is something Decknick cites as aiding his success. “I developed skills that I regularly utilize in my professional career,” he said. He served as president and was a founding member of the Entrepreneur Club, where he organized many meetings, delegated tasks and executed goals to support learning and development of his business skills. He was a speaker in the college’s “Brown Bag” series, which he said helped him learn to “communicate effectively to a crowd, develop methodologies in presenting information, and learning to understand complex situations.” Decknick was also a winner of the All-Arizona Academic Team scholarship, and the exposure he gained from that award has served as a positive credential in the aggregate market.   Decknick is a great example of how maximizing extracurricular opportunities at EMCC can help students build a solid pathway to reaching and transcending goals. He feels extremely positive about his experience. “I really enjoyed my time at EMCC, and feel it helped propel my professional aspirations forward.” In addition to the programs he participated in, he says the supportive environment was also a huge benefit. “I still drive by from time to time and although the landscape is a bit different, I still remember the sense of wonder I had about my future walking those very grounds.”
Justin Decknick