Business Administration — Finance Option

Associate in Applied Science

Get ahead in the finance industry with YCCC’s finance concentration. Students explore cash-flow analysis, corporate finance, banking and securities operations, and more. Students already employed in the finance industry may advance their careers. The program also offers transfer opportunities for continued education at 4-year colleges or universities.

Quick Facts
  • Program tracks


  • Estimated degree completion time

    4 semesters, 60 credits

  • Accelerated degree sequence

    4 part-time semesters, 60 credits
    6 credits every 7 weeks

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In addition to general business administration courses, finance classes include Financial Markets, Money and Banking, and Personal Finance. Part-time students can take advantage of an accelerated degree sequence. Student knowledge is showcased by a capstone achievement experience.

Learning outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Analyze contemporary business and financial issues using critical thinking skills.
  • Apply basic accounting and financial concepts to business problems.
  • Apply quantitative analysis to the study of a wide variety of business problems.
  • Effectively demonstrate oral and written communication skills to convey essential business concepts.
  • Analyze, articulate, and communicate business information using appropriate information technology.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work both independently and as a team member in collaborative projects.
  • Describe and explain appropriate ethical behavior relevant to a variety of business environments.
  • Demonstrate a recognition of the value of diversity in opinions, values, abilities and cultures in all business environments.
  • Describe and explain the essential legal, regulatory, cultural, and organizational framework of the global financial system.
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Finance Concentration students will be prepared for financial-services jobs in banking, insurance and securities, financial planning, bank branch management, and insurance agency sales and management. Students may also transfer to 4-year program to further their business education.

Meet the Faculty

  • Stephen Paulone

    Stephen Paulone

    Chair/Faculty - Business

    Dr. Paulone has over twenty-five years of experience in manufacturing, marketing and finance, and has held such positions as marketing manager, manager of new product development, marketing program manager, director of marketing and finance director. He even had his own business as a consultant in business structure, business and market analysis and customer acquisition and retention. He has taught full time and part time for almost 20 years. Prior to coming to YCCC, he had extensive educational experience as a faculty member, director of graduate business programs and educational consultant. While in the corporate world, he had created the first electronic catalog in the bearing industry, created the first website for a Fortune 100 company, led the effort on new product development of over $1 billion of projects, created the concept through production process for several divisions of a major corporation, consulted in financial services software for the surety insurance industry, and helped lead the first e business and services venture for a major manufacturing company. He has also served on committees for the State of Connecticut and Waterbury Chamber of Commerce in the area of economic development. Dr. Paulone holds a Doctorate in Financial Management from Northcentral University. He received his MBA, concentration in marketing, and MS, concentration in Finance, from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and received his undergraduate degree from Fairfield University. He currently makes his home in Kennebunk with his wife Suzanne. They have two children and six grandchildren who all love to visit Maine and enjoy the great lifestyle of the region.

  • Michelle McNeil-Brown

    Michelle McNeil-Brown

    Business Administration Faculty

    Michelle was a student at YCCC herself from 2002-2005. She received her AS in Accounting in 2006 before transferring to the University of Southern Maine to complete her BS in Accounting. After that, she completed a one-year cohort program at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH, receiving a Graduate Certificate in Fraud Examination and Forensic Accounting in 2010. In 2013, she completed her MBA at Southern New Hampshire University's Brunswick, Maine location.In 1998, she started a small bookkeeping business and got certified in QuickBooks software. Over the years, the business has grown into a thriving enterprise. Michelle works with numerous business owners and other bookkeepers, training and supporting them with QuickBooks software. She also does forensic accounting work on fraud cases from time to time. She works remotely in her home office and every day is something different.

    Michelle has been teaching part-time as an adjunct at YCCC since 2012 and became a full time faculty member in August of 2023.

    In her personal time she works on self-improvement, creating art, making crafts, and socializing with friends and family.

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