Business and Computer Technology
ACBSP Accredited
American Culinary Federation Accrediting Commission

Business Degree

Students majoring in Business will earn a degree in a cross-disciplinary environment that reflects the trend in industry. The program employs instructors with years of practical experience and is guided by working professionals. The program encompasses related disciplines in these general concentrations:  Accounting, Culinary Arts, Hospitality, and Management (listed below).

AccountingAccounting Student

The Accounting concentration offers a core curriculum that provides the academic and technical background for individuals who wish to prepare for entry-level accounting positions in business and industry using both accounting and personal computer skills. The curriculum is designed to enable the graduate to apply principles of accounting to business situations and to understand other functions of business: marketing, management, finance and information processing.

Faculty: Mark Fuentes | Deanne Michaelson | Rick Oster

Culinary Arts student

Culinary Arts

The Culinary Arts concentration is designed to provide skills and hone the abilities of graduates so they will be able to succeed in the food and beverage segment of the hospitality industry. Practical applications of cooking theories and principles are stressed in conjunction with basic managerial applications. Courses include work-related experiences to supplement classroom knowledge, including an intense internship. Graduates can work within the select food segment or opt to go the route of an entrepreneur. Typical job opportunities fall within all areas of the chef’s brigade, which ranges from station chef to sous chef and beyond. Some graduates will seek to become chefs at varied levels, while others will practice a distinct specialty.

Faculty: Dr. Tom Gaddis, Program Coordinator


Hospitality careers provide opportunities around the globe in challenging fields with flexible work hours, competitive pay and travel. As the largest industry in Tennessee hospitality affords the average entry-level employee with three to four promotions during the first 18 months. Take advantage of the skills you already have and those that we will teach you to start a new and exciting career in the hospitality industry.

Faculty: Dr. Tom Gaddis, Program Coordinator | Holly Knowling


AHEAD graduates

The Business program produces graduates with the skills necessary to effectively manage and provide leadership of any organization's most important resource: its people. The Management concentration is directed toward those who are working in organizations and need to update skills in order to move along the career track, individuals who are just starting their careers and are seeking entry-level skills, and students in other associate's degree programs who wish to double-major to provide themselves with the necessary people skills to successfully manage in their career field.

An AHEAD Management Cohort program is also offered at Pellissippi State.

Faculty: Denise Carr | Lisa Fall | Tracey Farr