Make your first year of college count
Business & Leadership combines the hands-on training of a boot camp with 15 college credits, startup experience, leadership training, a strong understanding of finance, and a network of mentors and like-minded students. All packed into an exciting 12-month program.
Learn from the best
Everyone who wants to thrive in business needs well-developed leadership, finance, and entrepreneurship skills. You’ll learn about each of these essential topics from the experts:
You will learn valuable finance and budgeting skills in Foundations in Personal Finance, an online course taught by money-management expert, 7-time best selling author, and popular national radio personality Dave Ramsey.
Dr. Jeff Myers is passionate about helping students find their leadership strengths and clearly share their passions with the world. With 14 years of experience teaching undergraduate and MBA courses in leadership and communications, he weaves together practical insight, research, social commentary, and hilarious personal stories to motivate and challenge you.
Start college with practical, hands-on courses
These courses are each worth 3 college credits and are offered by regionally accredited institutions. All courses and materials are included in the price of the program.View 2019 Program Calendar
Foundations in Personal Finance
This course introduces personal financial literacy and wealth management. Based on the widely-recognized money management principles of Dave Ramsey, students will learn the essentials of financial planning for the present and future and will acquire knowledge and skills to take charge of their finances through saving, budgeting, investing, and other financial management strategies. There are no prerequisites for this course.
Leadership Theory & Practice
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to develop a personalized definition of leadership and provide support; develop a personalized definition of leadership and provide support; critique the leadership studies by social scientists from the last two centuries; apply the principle of "vocation" and the steps necessary to discovering a personal calling in their own lives; design a successful goal-setting process; design a successful goal-setting process; and apply an understanding of leadership to the concept of "sphere sovereignty" and relate the role of leadership to the family, church, state, and commercial world.
Leadership & Management Communication
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to discern and apply the relevant leadership/communication theories to specific leadership situations; evaluate how the mental model of creation, fall, and redemption affects communication and leadership; and demonstrate proper application of practical tools of persuasion, motivation, change management, team-building, ethical decision-making, listening, and coaching.
Leadership Learning & Execution
The fundamental question we will ask in this course is, "How does one grow wise as a leader?" This course will explore the wisdom literature from Scripture, academic literature on wisdom, best practices for effective mentoring and coaching, and how to skillfully execute strategic plans--all with the objective of preparing students to put their leadership training into practice. This will happen in three ways:
- Honing the skills of mentoring and coaching
- Clarifying the relationship between individual learning, organizational learning, and skillful execution of strategic plans
- Giving students the opportunity to practice effective mentoring--both working with a mentor and mentoring others.
English Composition I
Introduction to the basic concepts and requirements of college-level writing. Provides students with the ability to implement effective communication skills via the written word. Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to apply the steps of the writing process and write effective and grammatically correct essays, including research papers.
Participate in monthly webinars on topics ranging from commercial real estate to launching a consumer packaged good. You’ll gain a deeper knowledge about specific industries and business models. In addition to monthly webinars, you’ll have live Q&As with various professors, staff members, business leaders, and entrepreneurs.
You’ll earn two certifications throughout the program. The first is the Signature Leadership Certification—earned by completing all three Leadership Courses. The second is a Business & Leadership Certification—awarded at the completion of the program—which reflects the critical business skills learned throughout your coursework and events.
Meet face to face with your fellow students and get hands-on training and experience at three inspiring in-person events throughout the year.
APEX National Student Event
Lake City, MI
August 17–21, 2019
Experience the networking power of a conference, the learning opportunities of a convention, and the fun, recreation, and friendships of a college campus—all condensed into one all-inclusive, jam-packed week. Apex is also a great place to deepen relationships and start planning world domination with your future business partner(s).
For the first time ever, you’ll get to gather in central Texas, to participate in a Business Bootcamp. Over the course of a weekend, a trained facilitator will lead you from ideation and team formation to pitching developed ventures.
By the third day, you’ll have the skills you need to form teams, effectively conduct customer discovery, and develop viable, scalable ventures.
Leadership Course Capstone
April 28 – May 2, 2020
This five-day event is part of the Leadership Learning & Execution course. It takes the skills learned in all three leadership courses and applies them to real life through project management, team leadership, and mentorship.
During this event-packed week, you'll pursue group projects, peer coaching, and receive in-person teaching from Dr. Jeff Myers himself.
Our Academic Advisors will help you map the credits you earn during the Business & Leadership program to a business related degree at one of the following schools.*
- Colorado Christian University
- Ohio Christian University
- University of Arkansas
- LeTourneau University – Global
- Colorado State University Global Campus
- University of Maryland – University College
- +1,000 additional colleges
- Geneva College
- Arizona State University
- Southern New Hampshire University
*Exact majors vary from school to school & not every school offers every major.
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Get everything you need to jumpstart your career in business.
- 5 college courses (15 college credits)
- Business and leadership certiﬁcations
- Business Bootcamp Event
- Leadership Capstone Event
- APEX National Student Event
- Webinars with business experts
- Mentorship with business leaders
- A cohort of like-minded students
- 16 years of age and older
- Completed Sophomore year in high school
- Currently have less than 18 college credits
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Is this a faith-based program?
While many aspects of Business & Leadership are taught from a Christian perspective or taught by Christian professors, we don’t expect or require you to identify with any specific religion. We simply ask that you be aware that many of these courses and events teach Christian principles and contain Christian themes.
Who is a good fit for this program?
If you want to start your own business, climb a corporate ladder, or simply start your business-related bachelor’s degree in a meaningful way, you’re the perfect fit. But you don’t have to be a “business person.” We welcome chefs who want to start restaurants, dancers who want their own studio, anyone who wants to turn their dreams into reality!
What do students do after this program?
As Business & Leadership concludes, we’ll make sure you’re ready to take the next steps towards earning your degree. An Admissions Counselor will help you plan any additional transfer courses you should be taking, and once you’re ready to transfer, they’ll guide you on exactly how to enroll at your chosen university.
Can I take more than 5 courses?
With Unbound, we encourage you to go at your own pace. The Business & Leadership program does require you to stay on pace with your cohorts by taking at least 5 courses a year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take more! We’ll help you purchase additional courses if desired.
What if I don’t know which college to choose?
Then you’re in luck! Our Admissions Counselors will provide you with personalized recommendations, so you can make an educated decision. Unlike most college advisors, we don’t accept any money from colleges, so you can count on us for an unbiased recommendation.
What can I major in?
It depends on the school you select. The list of schools above are pre-approved for several business-centric majors, including business, entrepreneurship, business administration, and general business. Since the majors offered differ between schools, your Admissions Counselor will help you choose the right school and major for you.
Interested in a specific major? Please contact an Admissions Counselor.
Can I use the credit I've already earned?
Of course! Our Academic Advisors will review your transcripts and provide recommendations based on the credit you already have. However, this program is specifically designed for students who have less than 18 credits, so keep in mind the more credits you already have, the less likely it is that Business & Leadership will be a good fit for you.
Can I use financial aid or scholarships?
Most student “aid” is actually debt. So we don’t accept any funds from financial aid. Instead, we work hard to lower your total cost, removing any need for student aid in the first place. We have several flexible payment options available for Business & Leadership. Ask an Admissions Counselor for more details.
Can I use my 529 fund?
Many institutions handle 529 funds differently, but most people can use their 529 fund. Make sure to verify this with your Admissions Counselor.