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UMFK to add new electronic-business concentration

August 6, 2004

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This fall the University of Maine at Fort Kent will make available a new electronic business concentration for students enrolled in the business management program.

This new concentration is available to students that are interested in business management and wish to understand how to use technology.

The target student is one that does not want to be a technologist but wants to understand applicability and usefulness of technology in the business world.

"The idea is to develop curriculums that coincide with the wants and needs of students," said Tony Gauvin, assistant professor of electronic commerce.

Today's businesses are technologically adept and today's business manager requires a greater understanding of how technology interfaces in the day to day operations of a modern business.

"We need to develop programs more in-tune with the interests of students as well as the demand of the job market," remarked Gauvin.

The electronic business concentration provides students with a holistic look at how technology can be used effectively in business.

The current business program at UMFK provides students with a diverse assortment of skills in leadership and communication as well as knowledge in the aspects of finance, economics, marketing, and small business management.

The education that this program provides ensures that students are prepared for management as well as entrepreneurship.

One of the key components of the business management program is the internship, which is designed to provide in-depth knowledge, applied skills, and a chance to have mentoring from a tenured professional.

The internship coupled with the new concentration gives students a very well rounded education in the field of business.

The curriculum for the new bachelor of science in business with an electronic business concentration follows along with the standard business management curriculum with the addition of specific computer courses.

"We are tailoring the business management program to the needs of individual students," said Roger Roy associate professor of mathematics and business.