Advance Business for Working Adults

18 Months. One Night a Week.
Earn a Degree!

Ready to make some changes? Looking to be promoted? Ready for a career change? Cleveland State has designed a program that can help you with all of those questions.

Cleveland State’s extremely popular Advance Business program allows students to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in Business (A.A.S.) in just 18 months!

The Advance Business program is the college’s accelerated program that offers working adults a quick and convenient way to obtain a college degree. This option is suitable for highly motivated and mature adults that are seeking an A.A.S. in Business. Many business students obtain their A.A.S. in 18 months at Cleveland State and a bachelor’s degree in an additional 18-24 months at a selected four-year college or university.

This program is wonderful for students who have a full-time job and family. Attending classes one night per week makes it easier and more manageable to attain better grades.

–Erica Baugham
Advance Business Program Graduate


How to get started:

1. Complete your application to CSCC

Click the following link to apply – (If this does not open, copy and paste into new page.)
Select the Summer 2024 or Fall 2024 Application, choose Degree, and have the Business Concentration, Business AAS Degree in the Business Learning Community as your program of study.
If you are a first time user, you will have to create an account. Be sure to write down your user name and password if you do not finish the application at that time.

IMPORTANT: Please do not delay. If you know you are interested, go ahead and apply. Remember, there is no application fee to apply, and you can go ahead and get started rather than stressing later.

2. Complete your FAFSA

First, create an FSA ID by clicking on the following link (This is your signature for the FAFSA, so make sure you write this down.) – (If this does not open, copy and paste into new page.)
Then, start your FAFSA by clicking on the following link- (If this does not open, copy and paste into new page.) To complete the 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 FAFSA, you will be using your 2023 tax info (I would try to use the upload feature rather than enter yourself – quicker and more accurate).

3. Complete your TN Reconnect Application
*NOTE: Be sure to be logged into your CougarNet email account before proceeding!!!

Complete the 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 Tn Reconnect Application

4. Please Give Update:

As you complete these items, please notify Candice Patterson, Director of the Advance Business Program. This way, she can follow up with admissions and other areas in Enrollment Services to see what further documentation, testing, etc is needed for enrollment. Remember, she is here to help you succeed!

5. Admissions Requirements – Items to begin gathering

Official sealed high school transcripts/GED Transcripts
Official sealed college transcripts (for each college you have attended)
(Have transcripts mailed to Cleveland State Community College, ATTN: Admissions, 3535 Adkisson Dr, Cleveland, TN 37312)

**Although there may be additional items requested, these are the ones that usually take the most time to receive. Again, if you should have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to ask.

Candice Patterson
Associate Professor, Business
Director of the Advance Business and Customer Service Programs
Business and Healthcare Division
(423) 478.6245

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