New Business Management FastTrack

60-credit A.A.S. degree can be completed in 18 months or less

Dakota County Technical College is now offering a path to complete the Business Management Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in 18 months or less via accelerated FastTrack options. Nimble scheduling opportunities also provide the means to quickly finish the program’s three diplomas and four certificates.

Scott Gunderson, MPNA, CM, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, and Harold Torrence, EdD, are the business management instructors who designed the new FastTrack schedule for their program.

“Due to the obligations and responsibilities of work and family life, our students may need to earn a degree and get a high-quality education as rapidly as possible,” Scott said. “With FastTrack, our students can customize their course schedules in ways that makes sense for their academic, career and life goals.”

Harold reported that FastTrack options are also available for two other degree programs at DCTC:

“The accelerated track is intensely rigorous for some students,” Harold said. “Set yourself up for success by talking with your academic advisor to determine which FastTrack option is best for you. You may also choose to attend DCTC part-time at your own pace if that approach is a better fit for your overall schedule.”

Accelerated FastTrack

  • Concentrate on two to three classes at a time and still finish within two years¹
  • Add classes one summer to complete some degrees in just 18 months
  • See when courses are offered

More about Business Management at DCTC…

The Business Management program provides working adults with the essential knowledge, skills and abilities to succeed in today’s increasingly competitive business environment. As a student in the program, you will acquire competencies that can be universally applied to global and local organizations in the profit, nonprofit and public sectors.

You can individualize your A.A.S. degree by selecting an emphasis area through the completion of the Supervisory Leadership certificate (17 credits) plus two certificates from the following three:

The Business Management program also offers three diploma options:

General and Operations Managers

Plan and coordinate the activities of organizations.


This is a very high-wage career that pays well above the statewide median wage of $21.49/hour


Median: $41.24/hour
High: $71.38/hour

Seven-county Twin Cities metro

Median: $53.86/hour
High: $78.13/hour


In Minnesota, there are 44,010 workers employed in this very large career. This career is currently in very high demand and seeing high growth compared to other careers. Growth rate in Minnesota is 7.2 percent.

There will be a need for about 46,705 new General and Operations Managers to meet market demand between 2018–2028. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.

Minnesota State CAREERwise Education
Learn more about Business Management at DCTC by contacting:

Scott Gunderson, MPNA, CM, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Business Management Faculty

Harold Torrence, EdD
Business Management Faculty

Erin Lund
Academic & Financial Aid Advisor

¹ During fall and spring semesters, business classes are scheduled for half the semester. An example schedule may look like this:

Work with your academic advisor to plan your schedule as some classes are offered once per year.