Business Specialist


In just two semesters you can learn a broad-base set of skills and general business knowledge necessary for entry-level employment.

Scholarships available – and one might have your name on it

This program allows for a quick accumulatation of skills, especially in the area of spreadsheets, so students can enter the job market and begin working as soon as possible.

A Quality Education

Graduates of this program have job-ready skills and will be ready to join the workforce.

Get Involved

Meet and network with other students interested in developing business skills and leadership by joining the ICC chapter of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL).

Career Opportunities

Data Management Assistant, Reporting Assistant, Claims Adjustor, Data Operations Coordinator


12 Months

if Full Time

2 Semesters30 Total Credit Hours

What if I attend part-time?

Our Student Success Advisors help with an academic plan that works for you.



+ supplies & fees

Based on 2024-25

What financial assistance can I receive?

Find the plan right for you by connecting with our Financial Aid office.


15 Students

average per class

Small class sizes mean more individual attention and a higher rate of success.

View the College Catalog to see a complete list of classes for this program.

Meet Our Students and Alumni

Corinne Olson
Chanel Hargrave-Murry
Miles A. Colwell Sr.
Overcoming the Odds: Samantha’s Journey to Success at ICC

“Students who complete this certificate will be able to demonstrate knowledge of best busines practices in management and marketing, as well as demonstrate effective communication and technological skills needed in business.”

Adam Saatkamp, Associate Professor, Business, Legal & Information Systems
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How Do I Get Into the Business Specialist Program?

You want to start a career in business but you are not ready for the rigors of a bachelor’s degree. This certificate program will make you workforce ready. Talk to an Admissions representative to learn how to get started.

  1. Complete our quick admissions application. It’s free and easy!
  2. Apply for financial aid (FAFSA).
  3. Apply for ICC Scholarships. Just 1 application for over 700 scholarships.
  4. Analytical skills, attention to detail, and organization and leadership skills are beneficial for the program.
  5. English, math, communications, and public speaking are important to a career in business.

What Can I Expect As a Business Specialist Student?

How Am I Going to Manage This?


Edwards Library / Administration Building » L220C
East Peoria Campus
Mon-Thur: 8 am – 4:30 pm
Fri: 8 am – 2 pm