When you imagine summertime, you might envision loads of sunshine and plenty of moments spent outdoors. For Corning Community College (CCC) Associate Professor Timothy Bonomo, those warm summer months provide him with the opportunity to teach online courses to students interested in spending their days by the pool and their nights honing their business skills.
Bonomo teaches Principles of Business (BUSN 1040) in an online format from May to July. The course teaches students basic business terminology and practices and encourages students to interview industry leaders for a final project.
“Principles of Business is a theoretical and applied, hands-on class that online students can tailor to their schedules. They don’t have to attend class in person, and because it’s a required course for business degrees, students can check it off of their to-do list for fall or spring semesters,” Bonomo said.
Bonomo, who is a 2002 alum from CCC and former owner of downtown Corning’s Palace Theatre, continually encourages CCC students to take advantage of summer courses because of their various benefits.
“By spending a small portion of the summer focused on one or two courses, students can earn credits toward graduation, easily transfer those credits to a four-year school, and meet Excelsior Scholarship credit requirements,” he said. “Plus, financial aid may cover the cost. It’s really a win-win.”
While current CCC students benefit from the additional summer semester, students from other SUNY schools or colleges from across the nation can take Bonomo’s Principles of Business course, too.
“I’ve had many students from other SUNY colleges enroll in my online courses and even students from places such as Florida and Minnesota. They do so because CCC’s courses are transferrable and combine quality education with affordability,” he said.
As an experienced small business owner and former Corporate Special Assignment employee for Wegmans, Bonomo offers his students a practical, real-world education via a convenient virtual platform. And, while in-class meetings are not necessary, Bonomo ensures that his course continues to focus on networking, as you would in a contemporary setting.
“My goal is always to get my students to feel comfortable networking. Whether online or in person, the web of people you know can impact your life forever.”