Finance

Associate in Applied Science

Finance majors master cash-flow analysis, principles of corporate finance, banking and securities operations and a variety of other skills essential to careers in the financial services industry. Finance students will be prepared for financial-services jobs in banking, insurance and securities; financial planning, bank branch management, insurance agency sales and management. Students already employed in the financial services industry will find the

Finance program useful in advancing their careers. The program also offers transfer opportunities for those who wish to continue their education at 4-year colleges or universities.

Quick Facts
  • Program tracks

    Full-time
    Online

  • 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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Learning outcomes

  • Collaboration: Students will acquire skills and tools for professional interaction, managing and leading in a team environment, use of technology in organizations for collaboration and constant interaction with peers and faculty who are working professionals in various fields. This is achieved with use of team activities, classroom discussions, and academic resources.
  • Creativity: Students will research, combine, and apply concepts to create linkages from academic concept to applied learning. Creativity will be exhibited with conversations on academic principles, shared experience(s) and discovery of new combinations of material when creating projects, researching and writing papers on the subject of business and accounting and applying learning to case study analysis.
  • Creativity: Students will research, combine, and apply concepts to create linkages from academic concept to applied learning. Creativity will be exhibited with conversations on academic principles, shared experience(s) and discovery of new combinations of material when creating projects, researching and writing papers on the subject of business and accounting and applying learning to case study analysis.
  • Communication: Demonstrate the ability to record, analyze, interpret, and display information that communicates essential items to proper audience(s).
  • Critical thinking: Discover sources of data and information which will be transformed into knowledge and eventually lead to the demonstration of wisdom as this knowledge is combined with student/instructor experiences and applied in discussions, projects, and case studies. 

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Careers

Students with an Finance can expect to work in the financial services industry. Representative jobs in that field include: loan officer, branch manager, customer relations representative, mortgage originator, insurance agent, stockbroker in smaller or regional brokerage firms and back-office administration and management for financial institutions. 

Meet the Faculty

  • Stephen Paulone

    Stephen Paulone

    Faculty Business & Accounting

    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

    Department Chair/ Faculty Business & Acc

    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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