Great Bay Community College Adds Business Programs in Sports Management and Risk Assessment

Great Bay Community College Adds Business Programs in Sports Management and Risk Assessment

May 2, 2017

Great Bay Community College Adds Business Programs in Sports Management and Risk Assessment

Portsmouth, NH – After listening to students and industry, Great Bay Community College (GBCC) has added two new tracts to their business administration program to meet employer demand and student interest. Beginning this fall, the college will offer specialties in sports management and in insurance and risk management as part of their Associate of Science in Business Administration degree.

The sports management tract grew out of current and future student interest and GBCC’s expanding athletics programs, which recently added baseball and softball. New courses include sports and facilities management, sports law, sports and recreation tourism, sports and society, and an internship that can be done through GBCC’s athletic department or with an external organization.

“We received a lot of interest about the business of sports from our current students and from high school students in the region. Combined with our recently expanded athletic programming, we believe this is the right time to begin offering this specialty as part of our business administration degree,” said Monique Jordan, chair of the business department.

The risk management & insurance specialty grew out of the business sector’s concern that there was going to be a shortage of individuals trained in this growing field in the coming years. Several area businesses worked directly with GBCC to identify specific needs within this subject area and agreed to help market the program.

“There are many growing professional opportunities in the insurance industry and we have crafted specific coursework designed to enable students to gain a better understanding of commercial and personal insurance, claims, and agency operations, with a strong emphasis on risk management. This program will also have an internship component, and many area companies have already expressed interest in developing internships to provide opportunities for experiential learning,” Jordan said.

To help support the risk management & insurance program, GBCC has been selected as a 2017 recipient of the Robert P. Ashlock Rick Management Development Grant through the Griffith Foundation. The $20,000 grant will be used to hire adjunct faculty and an internship/career advisor for the program launch.

Both programs are currently enrolling students for the fall semester. GBCC has established transfer pathways for the programs so students can seamlessly transfer to area colleges and universities, including The University of New Hampshire, UNH- Manchester, Granite State College, Southern NH University, University of New England, Maine College of Art, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Colby Sawyer College and Franklin Pierce College.

To learn more contact Monique Jordan at, 603.427.7661 or visit

About GBCC

Great Bay Community College is a comprehensive postsecondary institution offering quality academic and professional and technical education in support of workforce development and lifelong learning. Great Bay Community College is part of the Community College System of New Hampshire, a public system of higher education consisting of seven colleges in Berlin, Claremont, Laconia, Concord, Manchester, Nashua, and Portsmouth.  The colleges offer Associate degrees and career training in technical, professional and general fields, including transfer pathways to baccalaureate degrees. The college’s second campus, the Advanced Technology & Academic Center is now open in Rochester offering academic courses and a degree program in Advanced Composites Manufacturing.   For more information on Great Bay Community College, visit