BUSINESS PROGRAM

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JPCatholic exists for one reason: to Impact Culture for Christ. The world is not impacted through law and policies alone, and businesses have a sweeping influence over the culture at large. That's why the business program at JPCatholic is so closely tied to our mission - to truly change the culture for the better, we must know how to live and work ethically, not just strive for efficiency and bottom line. You'll learn your trade, and how to guide your skills through the teachings and life of Jesus Christ and his Church.

“The degree of well-being that society enjoys today would have been impossible without the dynamic figure of the entrepreneur, whose function consists in organizing human labor and the means of production in order to produce goods and services.”

POPE ST. JOHN PAUL II

overview

At JPCatholic, you’ll have the option to choose from three emphases: Creative Entrepreneurship, Leadership & Management, Sales & Marketing. The best way to learn is by doing, and applied learning is at the core of the entire business program. In fact, in our Business Launchpad, you have the chance to start your company while you’re still a student, guided by the mentorship of faculty who have been in your shoes.

business curriculum

With the rapid pace of technology and an increasingly competitive global marketplace, businesses are rediscovering the importance of creative thinking as they navigate uncharted territory. JPCatholic’s Creative Entrepreneurship program weds business principles with the creative thought processes to enable you to think like a designer and ultimately forge superior value for your customers.

Our novel curriculum empowers you to extend your creativity and think differently in pursuit of innovation and unexplored market opportunity. The Creative Entrepreneurial mindset enables you to solve problems by empowering you to challenge the status quo and extend the boundaries of thought. By unleashing your creativity in our program, you’ll be better prepared for the demands of today’s changing economic landscape which often throws businesses into uncharted waters.

Leaders impact local and global culture in the tone they set for how they conduct business, the way in which they treat their employees, and the value they provide for the economy. In the Leadership & Management emphasis, you’ll focus especially on what it takes to be both a leader and a manager in today’s fast-paced economy.

You will develop strong competencies in the critical disciplines of a business from accounting, finance, and economics. You will be challenged to think deeply about the moral dimension of business and will have the opportunity to see how principled leaders integrate Catholic Social Teaching and Moral Theology into their companies.

The Sales and Marketing program takes you through the process of formulating a comprehensive marketing and communication strategy. You’ll build that strategy on a structured analysis of your target customers and their needs, your value proposition, the competitive landscape, and the regulatory environment. The curriculum gives you a strong competency in designing value; communicating value through branding, social media marketing, product pricing and incentive strategies; and finally distribution and sales management. You will study business development and the entire sales process.

Further, you will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge acquired in the classroom to a real world business within our LaunchPad, where you’ll build a real business with seasoned mentor support. Applying business principles through real-world experience enables you to learn and engage business at a much deeper level.

core curriculum

Study the human condition by actively engaging in an exploration of art, literature, culture, politics, economics, and more

Grow in faith and understanding, with a rich sequence of coursework in Scripture and Theology.

Grow in understanding, with a rich sequence of coursework in Philosophy.

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what makes us different?

our authentically catholic community

Our campus is a place where students can grow both professionally and spiritually. We’re a unique community of artists and innovators, centered around our faith in Jesus Christ and the beauty of the Catholic faith. Immerse yourself in an abundance of opportunities for spiritual growth, including Daily Mass, Confession, Adoration, Rosary, Retreats, and Service Projects.

our small campus environment

With a total student body under 300, JPCatholic offers a warm, tight-knit campus community. Foster lifelong friendships, form creative partnerships, and surround yourself with a supportive environment that encourages your growth in both virtue and artistic excellence

Our small classroom sizes offer the chance for one-on-one mentorship from industry professionals who have worked at Pixar, Warner Bros., Disney, and Hanna-Barbera Studio

graduate in 3 years

Our unique academic model prepares students for the real-world pace of professional life in the industry, with a focus on hands-on projects, internships, and portfolio preparation. The program is structured on a year-round quarter system, and you graduate with your Bachelors Degree in just 12 quarters. Each quarter is 10 weeks long, with about 3 weeks of break between each quarter.

located in san diego county

John Paul the Great Catholic University is centered in north county San Diego, just a 35-minute drive from downtown in America's Finest City. Southern California is famous for its fantastic weather, beautiful beaches and mountains, and bustling metropolitan areas. Our campus is just 15 miles from the beach, a short trip by car or train. And with Los Angeles and Hollywood within striking distance, students have even more opportunities for internships and networking.

Meet the Faculty

  • President and Founder of JPCatholic.
  • Spent 15 years working in industrial Research & Development with IBM and Kodak; holds 8 U.S. patents.
  • Taught Applied Innovation at the Von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement.
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  • Founder and VP Business Development at ComoBlue – a software application development company for Social Networks.
  • Managed partnerships with Facebook and mobile developers, ad networks, and other companies.
  • Over 20 years of marketing, sales, business development, strategic partnerships and executive management experience in tech companies.
  • An angel investor and executive entrepreneur providing early-stage capital for start ups.
  • A television broadcast executive with demonstrated experience across a broad range of disciplines with significant experience in the development and execution of strategic plans, team building and personnel management, fundraising, project management, and community relations.
  • Co-founded a broadcast television station and managed multiple TV studios, as well as large editorial, production, operations and engineering staff.
  • Worked as a studio director at CNN; served as a member of the White House Press Corps and traveled extensively with President Reagan during his term.
  • Has his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland and a Masters degree from the Arizona State University.
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DERRY CONNOLLY

MARC BURCH

KEVIN CULBERtSON

Professor of Business

Professor of Business and LaunchPad Mentor

Professor of Business

  • A filmmaker, businessman and a veteran of the international film festival scene. His wide-ranging career has included writing, directing & producing the western/thriller 'The Sorrow', as well as serving as an executive producer on 'The Kid: Chamaco'..
  • Currently works for the motion picture production/distribution company Rogue Arts as a film and television producer and a distribution executive.
  • Has an MBA from Alliant International University; a Master of Professional Writing from USC. Earned a BFA in Film from the world-renowned Art Center College of Design and a received a BS from Excelsior College.
  • A principal consultant with JFM Global Associate.
  • Has more than 35 years of professional experience in project management, accounting, leadership, change management, organizational effectiveness, quality management systems, quality auditing, Six Sigma, performance measurements, lean enterprise methodology, ISO standards and business management.
  • Has executive management positions at both small and large privately owned and publicly traded consulting firms, and has overseen the growth and transformation of firms involving hundreds of staff and $100s million of revenue.
  • An engineer by education, and pioneered the use of innovative technologies to treat water, wastewater, and hazardous wastes.
  • His projects have been recognized as 'outstanding' by professional organizations, and he's accompanied the US Secretary of Commerce in international trade missions, and has testified before Congress on applicable legislation.
  • Served as Professor of Business at JPCatholic.
  • Holds a BS, MS, and PhD in civil engineering, is a licensed professional engineer, and has been on the faculty at five universities in the United States and overseas.
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VERNON MORTENSEN

JOE MIGNONE

JERRY JACKSON

Professor of Business

Professor of Business

Professor of Business

© 2017 John Paul the Great Catholic University

overview

At JPCatholic, you’ll have the option to choose from three emphases: Creative Entrepreneurship, Leadership & Management, Sales & Marketing. The best way to learn is by doing, and applied learning is at the core of the entire business program. In fact, in our Business Launchpad, you have the chance to start your company while you’re still a student, guided by the mentorship of faculty who have been in your shoes.

  • Creative entrepreneurship

    With the rapid pace of technology and an increasingly competitive global marketplace, businesses are rediscovering the importance of creative thinking as they navigate uncharted territory. JPCatholic’s Creative Entrepreneurship program weds business principles with the creative thought processes to enable you to think like a designer and ultimately forge superior value for your customers.

    Our novel curriculum empowers you to extend your creativity and think differently in pursuit of innovation and unexplored market opportunity. The Creative Entrepreneurial mindset enables you to solve problems by empowering you to challenge the status quo and extend the boundaries of thought. By unleashing your creativity in our program, you’ll be better prepared for the demands of today’s changing economic landscape which often throws businesses into uncharted waters.

  • leadership and management

    Leaders impact local and global culture in the tone they set for how they conduct business, the way in which they treat their employees, and the value they provide for the economy. In the Leadership & Management emphasis, you’ll focus especially on what it takes to be both a leader and a manager in today’s fast-paced economy.

    You will develop strong competencies in the critical disciplines of a business from accounting, finance, and economics. You will be challenged to think deeply about the moral dimension of business and will have the opportunity to see how principled leaders integrate Catholic Social Teaching and Moral Theology into their companies.

  • sales and marketing

    The Sales and Marketing program takes you through the process of formulating a comprehensive marketing and communication strategy. You’ll build that strategy on a structured analysis of your target customers and their needs, your value proposition, the competitive landscape, and the regulatory environment. The curriculum gives you a strong competency in designing value; communicating value through branding, social media marketing, product pricing and incentive strategies; and finally distribution and sales management. You will study business development and the entire sales process.

    Further, you will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge acquired in the classroom to a real world business within our LaunchPad, where you’ll build a real business with seasoned mentor support. Applying business principles through real-world experience enables you to learn and engage business at a much deeper level.