Apr 12, 2024  
NIACC Catalog 2020-2021 
NIACC Catalog 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

The Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Certificate

The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Certificate is designed for the aspiring student entrepreneur and is ideal for any student who someday would like to own and operate a business of his or her own.

Career Opportunities

  • This specially designed Certificate program allows students in any academic program to learn the essential elements of creating and managing their own entrepreneurial venture.
  • Students will focus on the core business disciplines that will assist them in any new business venture.
  • Learn how to create a road map that will allow you to attract start-up funding, market your idea, and grow your entrepreneurial venture.
  • The Entrepreneurial Certificate program will teach you the basics of business ownership, and these skills will help you find employment.


Students will be able to explore a new business idea, conduct market research, prepare marketing and financial plans, and learn basic skills on how to own, operate, and manage the business.

Upon successful completion of the Pappajohn Entrepreneurial curriculum (at least 18 semester hours) with a grade point average of 2.00 (C) or higher, the student is awarded a Certificate.

Business Internships

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Talk to the Business Internship Coordinator or your Counselor to decide when in your college career you should participate in an internship.
  2. Enroll in and pass Workplace Professionalism (BUS 162 ).
    • Workplace Professionalism is a 3 s.h. course that is a prerequisite to Business Internships ~ it can be taken at any time prior to a Business Internship.
  3. Upon passing Workplace Professionalism, the student is eligible for a Business Internship (BUS 225 ).
    • Students may register for a Business Internship only when they have located, secured and have had the internship site approved with the Business Internship Coordinator.
    • Business Internship credit ranges from 1 s.h. to 5 s.h. ~ this must be determined prior to registering for the course.

All students are highly encouraged to participate in a Business Internship before graduating.