Business - CIT

Business - CIT

Business Dept - Phoenix College

The Business - CIT Department offers a wide range of classes and programs taught by experts in their field.  A certificate or degree in Business or a business-related field can give you the added edge employers are looking for in today’s demanding climate.  We offer instruction for students who want to improve their skills, obtain a degree or certificate or transfer to a 4-year institution.  To learn more about our business degrees and certificates, please visit our district-wide Business shared webpage. 

We also offer Health Information Management Certificates, a Health Information Technology degree, Computer and Information Technology Certificates and degrees, and the Bachelor of Applied Science - Information Technology (BAS-IT) within our Department (see links below for more information in these areas). 

Business - CIT Department 602.285.7388

Department Chair – Dawson | 602.285.7376
Administrative Specialist, Sr. – Natalie | 602.285.7388

Business - CIT  – PC Main Campus (1202 W. Thomas Rd. ), 602.285.7388 Business, Entrepreneurialism, and Management 
Business - CITPC Downtown Campus (640 N. 1st Ave), 602.532.8711 (or) 602.532.8712 Computer and Information Technology  

Health Information Management - PC Main Campus (1202 W. Thomas Rd.)
Health Information Technology 
Medical Billing and Coding

HIM Program Advisor: Emily Smith, , 602.285.7396 
HIM Coordinator: Karon Morarend,,  602.285.7150

Program Directors and Related Programs:

Sherlyn Celaya /  / 602.285.7373
Program Director for General Business, Entrepreneurship, Human Resources, Management, Organizational Management, Retail Management, Small Business, Admin. Professional, Esports, BPC Application courses, CIS105, Health Information Management

Doug Northway / / 602.285.7681
Program Director for Accounting, Banking & Finance, Bookkeeping, Marketing & Sales, Fashion Merchandising, SIE Certificate, Social Media Certificate

Will Tagart / / 602.532.8711
Program Director for Cybersecurity, Information Technology, Mobile App Development, Network and Systems Administration, Programming and Systems Analysis, Web Design/Development, and multiple certifications.  

Brad Olsen / / 602.532.8712
Program Director of Bachelor of Applied Science - IT

Mark Sassetti, CPA / / 602.285.7450
Lead Faculty, Enrolled Agent, Coordinator of VITA Program, Internship Director

Business - CIT Program Advisors:

Kay Harrison,, 602.285.7145   
Julie Thometz,, 602.285.7712
Wendera Phung,, 602.285.7777

Health Information Management Program Advisor: 

Emily Smith,, 602.285.7396

New Bachelor’s Degree!!

BAS-IT Degree 

For more information on the BAS-IT degree, contact:

Margaret Maya, Program Advisor,
Brad Olsen, Program Director,

Financial Aid

Financial aid is designed to help remove the cost barriers that may prevent you from pursuing your educational goals. It is meant to supplement your family’s ability to pay for college costs such as tuition/fees, books/supplies, room and board, and transportation.

Whether or not you receive financial aid will depend on your demonstrated financial need and other eligibility requirements. There are many factors affecting eligibility for financial aid. Therefore, you should apply for financial aid every academic year, even if you think you will not qualify. Financial aid is available for full-time as well as part-time students.

For more information, please click on the link below:

Transfer Degree Information

Two-year transfer degrees are available for the following Business fields.

Business — Transfer Degree: The Associate in Business Degree, General Requirements (ABUS-GR) is a two-year degree designed for all Business majors* that will transfer to ALL Arizona State Universities. *Exception: For Computer Information Systems majors, use the ABUS-SR.

Stretch your horizons by looking into our transfer degrees—we work closely with all three state universities (Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and University of Arizona, and GCU). To find out more, contact a Business Advisor or Program Director.  ABUS-GR

Business - CIT, Computer Lab (B301) – PC Main Campus, 602.285.7161

Fall & Spring Semester Hours: Monday - Thursday 9am - 7pm

Janice Moore, Lab Coordinator, , 602.285.7981


Medhat Zekri – BPC & CIS Applic. Courses /
Betzy Reyes – Accounting Courses /

Note: A current Phoenix College ID and enrollment in a Business class is required for entrance to the lab.


A Business internship at Phoenix College can offer you real-world experience and also serves as a valuable reference for future employment. Many graduates experience quicker job placement after completing an internship. Here are few good reasons you should participate in an internship:

  • Internships can be an invaluable tool or resource for your future
  • Education and work experience go hand-in-hand
  • Skills gained will help you compete in today's job market
  • Build your resume

We offer business internships in the following areas:

  • Accounting
  • General Business
  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Computer Information Systems

Contact our Internship Director:

Mark Sassetti, CPA,, 602.285.7450

FBLA – Future Business Leaders of America Collegiate (Business Club)

Business Club - Phoenix CollegeThe Phoenix College FBLA Business club prepares students who are interested in pursuing a career in the business field through local, state, and national competitions. If you are interested in developing leadership, communication, and team skills, or simply looking for an organization to meet and network with others at the local, state, or national Levels, then FBLA is the club for you. FBLA is the college version of the FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), so if you belonged to the FBLA or DECA clubs in high school, then this is the club for you.

Faculty Advisors:

Doug Northway,
Mark Sassetti, CPA,
Jorge Vega,



Everyday Entrepreneur Venture Fund

  • Opportunity for current or potential entrepreneurs within the Maricopa Community College District to receive financial assistance for business expenses up to $2,500.
  • The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) and Everyday Entrepreneur Venture Fund (EEVF) have partnered with the Maricopa Community Colleges (MCCD) to provide a seed fund for the funding and mentoring support of Maricopa Community College students wanting to start or scale up a business idea.
  • Any Maricopa student can apply as EEVF is wanting to help new businesses that may not have access to capital.
  • Winning applicants get financial assistance and also have mentors at the Small Business Development Center.

For student entrepreneurs to qualify to apply, you must be meet the following guidelines:

  • You are currently enrolled for 3 or more credit hours at Phoenix College during the semester applying for funding.
  • A feasibility plan using the Lean Canvas template (Will be provided to the student)
  • A set of realistic functional financial reports with a minimum of 2 years of projected startup costs, revenue, expenses, profits, and cash flow.  (It is not realistic to project $12,000 of revenue in year one and $700,000 in year two.  Projections are to be reasonably achievable.) The template will be provided to the student.
  • Formation of a legal entity for the business (LLC, S-Corp, C-Corp, Non-profit Corporation) to be completed within 90 days of receiving funding. You may request funding for completing the legal entity in your cover letter. Funding for the legal entity may be disbursed with no additional funds disbursed until the legal entity is completed.
  • A commercial bank account, in the name of the business, opened using an EIN (not a personal SS#).  Disbursed funds must go into the commercial account.
  • Provide a cover letter that explains your financial request. How much is needed? You may request from $500 – up to a limit of $2,500.  Please show how the funds will be used if approved.  Also, provide a schedule of when the funds would be needed as funds may not be disbursed all at the same time.
  • Commitment that your business will be in positive cash flow within 6-12 months of launch that is documented in your financial projections document.
  • Provide a resume.

All funded ventures will have ongoing requirements for mentoring and reporting for up to one year after initial disbursement of the funds.

Contact one of us for more information about these opportunities!

Sherlyn Celaya, Program Director,
Dawson Dopp, Department Chair,


The City of Phoenix Partnership

As a City of Phoenix employee, you have the opportunity to attend classes onsite, right after work! Through a partnership between the City of Phoenix and Phoenix College, we offer classes in the Calvin C. Goode building for employees. Please go to this website,, to learn more about the classes offered, who to contact, and what degrees are available. 

You can also contact for additional information: 

Sherlyn Celaya, Partnership Director, , 602.285.7373


Kay Harrison, Program Advisor , 602.285.7145

Retail Management Certificate Partnership (RMC)

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The Retail Management Certificate is a business program that will give you the skills needed to get started or advance your career in the retail industry.  Many organizations rely on this program to increase the knowledge of their employees and to prepare them for management positions.  The Retail Management Certificate program consists of eight courses that are available 100% online or in person. So, start the program now and get on the path to a leadership position in the Retail Management industry.

For program questions, contact: Sherlyn Celaya, RMC Program Director

Registration/application, contact: Jeremy Fulton

Advisement, contact: Kay Harrison

Department Chair, contact: Dawson Dopp

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Do you have a business idea but need help turning your dream into a reality? The Arizona Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network will guide you from a business idea to a startup and will help you grow your new business to success. The Arizona SBDC Network provides one-to-one advice and resources to help you each step of the way. Your success is our success!

For questions, contact: CJ Johnson, Small Business Counselor,

For program questions, contact: Sherlyn Celaya, Small Business Program Director,

Department Chair, contact: Dawson Dopp