Business Management Certificate

How to get started in the Business Management Technical Certificate Program:

Business Management Certificate

My name is Candice Patterson and I, along with success coach Haley Hendrix, help advise the Business Management Technical Certificate Students. I am excited to hear that you are interested in being a part of the Business Management Technical Certificate (many through McKee Foods). The fall semester will be here before you know it so it is very important to get both CSCC’s Application and Financial Aid Process started asap. 

Please see the steps below to complete to get started and get your spot secured for the Business Management Technical Certificate beginning Fall 2024 (August 2024).

  1. Complete your application to CSCC
  • Click the following link to apply – (If this does not open, copy and paste into a new page.)
  • To Apply to CSCC: 
    • Select the Fall 2024 Application
    • Choose Certificate 
    • Select the Business Management Technical Certificate 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. 


  1. 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.) 
  • Complete the 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).  

  1. Complete your Adult Reconnect Application 

   *NOTE: Be sure to be logged into your CougarNet email account before proceeding so you can access the directions link below.


  1. Please Give Updates: 

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

  1. 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.

I am looking forward to working with each student prospect. Remember, you will need to begin working on these steps asap then, you will be ready to register for fall before you know it. Additionally, be sure to be proactive, follow up once transcripts are ordered, etc. Also, any time at all you need assistance, please feel free to reach out to me and I will be happy to assist. 

 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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