University of Phoenix Material Virtual Portal Exploration – Frank J. Ball Sr. Access the virtual organization portal from the link on the rEsource page. Two entities of interest within the Virtual Organization Portal will be explored: Northwest Valley Community College and Boardman Corporate University. 1. To access Northwest Valley Community College, select the Northwest Valley Community College at Kelsey Campus from the Education Virtual Portal. 2. To Access the Boardman Corporate University, select the Virtual Businesses Organization Portal. Click on Baderman Island. Once on the Baderman Island Web site, select the Baderman Island Employee Access link. Click “Continue to Baderman Island Resort Employee Site” and select the Operations link. Locate Boardman Corporate University (BCU) and select the link, “Click here to be redirected to the BCU page for Boardman Management Group.” 3. State five points of Interest about Northwest Valley Community College: Both a physical on-campus location and online campus. (4) Associate Degree Program types and Certificate programs Budget & funding documents available for viewing Summary of First-Year Seminar from Provost Academic proficiency of incoming freshmen 4. State five points of interest about Boardman Corporate University (Accessed through Baderman Island’s Boardman Management Group): No cost education for employee Support for managers through customized training development Standardized orientation for employee success Developed for employees at all levels Both online format and face-to-face training 5. Conduct research within the virtual organizations portal (e.g., businesses, education, healthcare, government). Review course catalog descriptions within the Northwest Valley Community College. Identify two educational needs from two different virtual organizations that are not fulfilled currently through courses offered at Northwest Valley Community College. Explain your choices. Holding a BS in Accounting and Finance focusing on forensic accounting and auditing, I reviewed the accounting and business courses first. Within the accounting course catalog there is only one course ACC 101 that mentions anything about Global business accounting. With the convergence from the current accounting standard GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Practices) United States standards, to IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards) Global standards, by 2018, all publicly held companies in the US will have to switch their reporting to IFRS standards. With that in mind and not knowing if a student will end up working for a publicly held company more attention should be placed upon instruction in Global business accounting and learning IFRS to ensure that graduates with accounting degrees are prepared for any job position. All of the accounting and financial scandals that led to the passage of Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002, and the continued accounting and financial scandals that have diminished faith in the profession since the passage of Sarbanes Oxley, ethics in the profession has been a very big subject of topic. In both my two-year and four-year accounting programs there was a professional ethics class which discussed the problems that have rocked the accounting and financial profession. I did not see one listed in the course catalog and none of the accounting course descriptions mentioned anything about accounting or business professional ethics. 6. Conduct research within the Baderman Island Resort Destination in the Virtual Businesses Organization Portal and explore the virtual tour of the island including its hotels, restaurants, transportation, and entertainment and recreation available to guests. Review the course catalog descriptions within Boardman Corporate University linked through the Boardman Management Group. Identify two employee professional development needs from two different services provided on Baderman Island that are not fulfilled currently through courses offered at Boardman Corporate University. Explain your selection. Having been in the hospitality industry and looking over the course offerings by the Boardman Management Group, I have noticed some KEY missing course training not being offered. Federally mandated training is not on the list and sexually harassment is one that pops out very quickly especially in an industry such as this. A restaurant manager may not know that telling one of his waitresses everyday that ‘She looks nice’ or ‘Did she do something different with her hair’, could be consider sexual harassment if he never went through a training program. This could potentially set him up for serious employment charges and the company for litigation or fines for not providing the proper training. Another federally mandated training is ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act), since 1990 Americans with Disabilities have been petitioning the government for equality in employment and public access and have been getting some very stringent laws passed. Suppose Baderman Island has a ‘No Pet’ policy yet someone with a disability shows up with a service animal; are they to be denied access? Someone who has not gone through ADA training might deny them access and cause Baderman Island/Boardman Management Group a very embarrassing situation and a legal suit. ADA requires that anyone needing the services of a service animal be granted access to any place no matter what. Also managers and HR need to understand the employment rules when it comes to hiring/firing someone with a disability. Boardman Corporate University has 14 course listings for its corporate training which is a good start but is not nearly enough for the size of the operation and the services it provides. The missing federally mandated training is a red flag that the corporate training needs some restructuring to ensure that the company meets all of its training obligations.