Business Education

The business curriculum is designed to meet the interests of all students and is structured with multiple sequences (course flow map) based upon student abilities and interests.

Fr – Sr Electives

Introduction to Business (2 terms B801)

Soph, Jr, Sr Electives

Introduction to Business (2 terms B801)
Accounting I (2 terms)
Accounting II (2 terms)
Advertising (1 term)
Business & Personal Law (1 term)
Marketing (1 term)

Jr, Sr Electives

Incubator Entrepreneurship (4 terms)
L.I.N.K (Learning Through Internships Nurtures Knowledge) (1 term)
Virtual Enterprise International (VEI) (4 terms)

Senior Required

* Consumer Education (1 term)
Consumer Education: Online (1 term)
* Virtual Enterprise International (VEI), Incubator Entrepreneurship, and Economics also fulfill Consumer Education requirement

Recommended: Introduction to Business

Introduction to Business
(2 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: Not recommended for students who have already taken: Accounting, Marketing, or Advertising
Level: Fr, Soph, Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: None
This introductory course is designed as a first step for students who want to explore the world of business. Students will be introduced to a wide variety of business topics. Some of the topics will include: the stock market, business ethics, business management, entrepreneurship, human resources, marketing and much more. Throughout the course students will participate in an online stock market simulation. (Valees-B110)

Soph, Jr, Sr Electives

Accounting I
(2 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: (Recommended: Introduction to Business)
Level: Soph, Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: $35.00
Anyone who deals with any phase of business can profit from an understanding of basic accounting principles covered in this first-year course. Students planning to attend college will find a high school introduction to the subject helpful. For students planning to operate their own business, this course is a must. The basic recording and summarizing of business transactions and interpreting the results are stressed. Applications of the computer for accounting transactions is included. (Valees-B215)

Accounting II
(2 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in Accounting I is recommended
Level: Soph, Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: $30.00
This course introduces the procedures to set up and process and complete computerized transactions for sales and purchases. You will learn how to set up systems for general ledger, accounts receivable, accounts payable, inventory, and cash transactions. It also illustrates how accounting principles apply to the “real world”. (Valees-B315)

Advertising
(1 term, .5 credit)
Prerequisite: Recommended: Introduction to Business
Level: Soph, Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: None
This course is designed to acquaint students with a broad knowledge and understanding of the general principles of advertising. The student will become acquainted with the working environment in this field, as well as preparing the student as realistically as possible for the business world. Many concepts are discussed related to advertising, publicity, sales promotion, and advertising layout. Students will explore career opportunities, team building, and communication skills. Students will create an advertising campaign featuring all forms of print and broadcast media. (Valees-B240)

Business & Personal Law
(1 term, .5 credit)
Prerequisite: None
Level: Soph, Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: None
This course will help students achieve an understanding of legal principles they will use throughout life. The foundations of business law will be explored, while introducing personal law topics that will apply to everyday experiences. Understanding business and personal law can help students manage real world legal situations. Students will study real cases along with practical hands on activities.

Marketing
(1 term, .5 credit)
Prerequisite: Recommended: Introduction to Business
Level: Soph, Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: None
This course is designed to acquaint students with the scope and importance of the field of marketing and distribution.  Students have an opportunity to develop a basic knowledge, attitude, and skills needed for entering the field of marketing and management.  The concepts introduced include marketing research, product design, pricing, packaging, and communications.  Students will develop a business plan for a product/service they create.  For the 2015-2016 school year, this course will include several pilot units with a specific emphasis on sports & entertainment marketing.  (Valees-B235)

Incubator Entrepreneurship
(4 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: Introduction to Business (recommended)
Level: Soph, Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: $5
This full year A/B course is open to all juniors, and seniors interested in business careers.  This course is designed to get students excited about becoming real entrepreneurs.  Students will have the opportunity to create and fully develop their own product or service.  Real-world entrepreneurs and business experts will serve as coaches and mentors guiding student teams through the process of ideation, market research, and business plan development.  Over the course of the year, student teams will learn about marketing, accounting, human resources, as well as the legal aspects of running a business to get them geared up for presenting to a board, for receiving seed money.  This presentation helps to further ignite the entrepreneurial spirit by putting student teams in front of actual investors to pitch their innovative idea and possibly win funding to turn their business plans into reality.  Students planning on majoring in business or pursuing entrepreneurial opportunities should take this course.  This course also satisfies the Consumer Education requirement for graduation.

L.I.N.K. (Learning Through Internships Nurtures Knowledge)
(1 term, .5 credit)
Prerequisite: Application, Interview and availability of appropriate site.
Level: Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: None
The internship program is a nine week program which pairs a student with a professional in a career interest area of choice. The interns are not paid for their learning experiences.

Students must provide their own transportation. As part of their internship, students will be required to work with their sponsor and internship coordinator to create and complete their training plan, keep a journal and develop a portfolio of their experiences.

Internship Guidelines: 1) Students participating in internships will be expected to average 5 hours per week for 9 weeks (a total of 45 hours) for .5 credit. Students will receive a letter grade in the class; 2) Students will be limited to two (2) terms of internship in the same setting or job site; 3) Students will be limited to two (2) terms of internship during junior year and two (2) terms during senior year; 4) Students who have not yet participated in the internship program will have priority over students who have already participated; and 5) If a student’s internship experience can be scheduled during school hours, the student will be allowed to leave campus for the internship site. You must provide your own transportation.

Virtual Enterprise International (VEI)
(4 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: At least one business course
Level: Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: None
This full year A/B course is open to all juniors, and seniors interested in business careers.  This course offers the opportunity to experience a simulated business environment in which students are involved in work experiences including accounting, human resources, management, marketing, international business, multimedia, desktop publishing and e-commerce.  In the virtual business environment, students work within a specific department dependent upon skills, prior knowledge, and interest.  All departments  work together to run the virtual business as chosen by the students.  Students engage in the trading of virtual products with other firms nationally and internationally.  This course also satisfies the Consumer Education requirement for graduation.

Senior Required

Consumer Education
(1 term, .5 credit)
Prerequisite: None
Level: Sr Required
Fee: none
Consumer Education is required for graduation.  The major units of emphasis in the course include installment purchasing, budgeting, comparison of prices, home ownership (including the basic process of obtaining a mortgage, fixed and adjustable rate mortgages, subprime loans, and predatory lending), and an understanding of the roles of consumers interacting with agriculture, business, trade unions, and government in formulating and achieving the goals of the mixed free enterprise system.

Consumer Ed Online
(1 term, .5 credit)
Prerequisite: None
Level: Sr Required
Fee: $50.00
Consumer Education is required for graduation and this course is designed to be completed online.  The major units of emphasis in the course include installment purchasing, budgeting, comparison of prices, home ownership (including the basic process of obtaining a mortgage, fixed and adjustable rate mortgages, subprime loans, and predatory lending), and an understanding of the roles of consumers interacting with agriculture, business, trade unions, and government in formulating and achieving the goals of the mixed free enterprise system.