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Strengthen your Business Core 

Take your first step toward a career in business with our online associate’s degree Business Core. Focused 8-week online classes will provide you with a solid foundation in accounting, economics, business law, communications, and more, all designed to fit into your busy schedule.

For business majors interested in a four-year degree, the Business Core two-year accelerated learning experience provides the opportunity for direct transfer to the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Shidler College of Business.

“With all of the cohort classes transferring directly to business programs at the Shidler College of Business, this is a great opportunity for baccalaureate business students to complete their freshman and sophomore college courses at the lower community college tuition rate with professors who are hands-on and care about each student’s success,” said Deacon Hanson, assistant professor of accounting.

A business degree can open many doors for you. Attend an information session to learn more about the Business Core.

Program Description

Business Core is a two-year accelerated learning experience leading to the Associate in Arts degree fulfilling requirements for entry into the UH Mānoa Shidler College of Business.

  • Fully online AA degree
  • 8-week online cohort; two classes taken at a time (four per semester) for two years
  • Cohort format (students work toward the degree together as a group)
  • Small classes with hands-on approach
  • Internships available
  • Academic counseling and student support
  • Transfer to a bachelor’s degree at UH Shidler College of Business

Learn More through an Information Session

Join us for an information session to discover more about Business Core and get your questions answered about:

  • Direct transfer to UH Mānoa Shidler College of Business
  • Registering for courses
  • The 8-week online class schedule


Total cost for the Business Core program is approximately $7,991. (resident and/or Native Hawaiian tuition). Native Hawaiians living in the continental U.S. and Hawai‘i residents both pay the same community college in-state resident tuition*.

For a breakdown of costs, see Tuition & Fees.

*Non-residents may be allowed to pay resident tuition if they qualify for one of the UH Board of Regents tuition exemptions.

Tuition Assistance

Windward O‘ahu high school graduating seniorsFREE TUITION & JOBS! Get the first year of tuition paid (up to $3,144) through the Ho‘olei Scholarship when enrolling in classes at Windward Community College this Fall 2023. On- and off-campus employment is also available for students.

Furloughed or unemployed: Apply for the $500 Kūlia Scholarship.

Native Hawaiian students living on the mainland may be eligible for in-state tuition.

Applicants may be eligible for financial aid via completion of a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Visit the FAFSA Application site to begin the process. Contact WCC’s financial aid office by phone at 808-235-7449 or email Other financial aid opportunities may become available during the program and will be disseminated as they are announced. 

Please note: professional education related to your work may be eligible for a tax deduction –please check with your tax preparer.

Business Core Course Plan

Each semester is mapped out for you; students will study together and move through the courses as a cohort.

Fall 1Course
Week 1–8ICS 101: Digital Tools for the Information World
ECON 130: Principles of Microeconomics)
Week 9–16HWST 107: Hawai‘i: Center of the Pacific
ECON 131: Principles of Macroeconomics
Spring 1Course
Week 1–8HIST 151 : World History to 1500
BIOL 100 : Human Biology
Week 9–16HIST 152 : World History Since 1500
ENG 100: Composition I
Summer 1Course
Week 1–8MATH 103 : College Algebra
MATH 88 : College Algebra Companion co-req option
Fall 2Course
Week 1–8MATH 203 : Calculus for Business and the Social Sciences
ICS 203 : Digital Image Editing
Week 9–16PSY 100 : Survey of Psychology
ASTR 110 : Survey of Astronomy
ASTR 110L : Survey of Astronomy Lab
Spring 2Course
Week 1–8ENG 209: Business Writing
ACC 201: Introduction to Financial Accounting
Week 9–16SP 251: Principles of Effective Public Speaking
ACC 202: Introduction to Managerial Accounting
Summer 2Course
Week 1–4HAW 101 : Elementary HawaIIan I*
Week 5–8HAW 102 : Elementary HawaIIan II*

* Back-to-back sequence of accelerated language language classes HAW 101 & 102 – four weeks each.

For questions about the Business Core, contact:

Deacon Hanson
Assistant Professor of Accounting

For questions about application and registration, contact:

Ha‘aheo Pagan
Career & Transfer Counselor