SBI showcases one-of-a-kind programs

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The School of Business and industry held an open house Tuesday evening in the south wing boardroom. The meeting was designed to be an informational session for students, faculty and members of the community.

The main goal of the session was to educate people on the facility management program and supply chain management program.

Florida A&M is the only school in the country that offers an accredited undergraduate degree and master’s degree in facility management, according to SBI administrators.

“We have two world class programs in our department, when our graduates leave here they have a 100 percent job placement,” Roscoe Hightower, the founder of the facility management program, said.

There are 281,000 jobs in facility management waiting to be filled, Hightower noted. The starting salary averages  around $94,650 a year, an excellent dollar amount to walk into right after graduation.

The master’s degree program in facility management is a 12-month journey with 70 percent of the work done online. The long-term goal is to have 100 percent of the program available online.

“Currently of the 17 students in the program 11 of them are completing the program online,” Hightower said.

The supply chain management presentation was spearheaded by FAMU graduate student Jasmine Street.

FAMU offers an MBA in supply chain management, and its newest joint program allows students to earn a master’s degree and MBA in supply chain management.

The supply chain process deals with the internal distribution of goods, and the field is a rapidly growing industry with opportunities available.

The program is a two semester track, requiring every student to complete an internship research project with a company in their field.

Overall the programs offered here in SBI are designed to analyze the different stages of management. They truly show you how to understand relationships while working with corporations,” Street said.

For more information on these opportunities call (850)-412-6599 or visit the SBI informational website