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Entrepreneurship/Management Pathway

Entrepreneurship/Management Course of Study

This pathway map represents a suggested sequence of courses leading to capstone, work-based learning, and post-secondary experiences which will assist students in being as successful as possible after leaving high school.  Although each student will personalize their experiences, the earlier a student begins this sequence, the more opportunities students will have to fully explore the educational and community options available. These sequences should be coupled with appropriate core courses, as well as life-skills and courses in a student’s area of interest.

Course Descriptions:

Intro to Business & Marketing  - BUS2060, .5-credit,  Grades 9-12

Knowledge is power and this course is perfect for introducing and preparing you to view the world in a whole new way.  Through hands‐on projects, guest speakers, and real-life activities, you will be exposed to concepts relating to our global economy and the economic way of thinking, types of business organizations, cultural traditions, competition, current business trends and developments, and basic marketing and business concepts.

Digital Technologies** -  CMP1020, 0.5-credit, Grades 9-12

A must-have course for all students who want to be successful in today’s technology-driven world. You’ll work in a real-world environments and prepare for success in your high school years, college, or employment by using advanced concepts in word processing, spreadsheets, databases, desktop design, keyboarding, and presentations, as well as gain hands-on experience with the latest online and digital tools.  You will also be exposed to emerging technologies and their practical use in education and beyond!

Innovation Zone 1:  Entrepreneurship - BUS4090, .5 credit, Grades 9-12

Innovate! Explore! Create! Take a Risk!  Learn about the fascinating inner workings of being an entrepreneur. Learn about business, marketing, finance, management and more while you develop your own school based enterprise.  Find your inner entrepreneurial spirit to someday be your own boss.

Professional Communications - BUS4070, .5 credit, Grades 10-12

Communication is a skill set that is extremely important in the pursuit of academic and career success. Whether you are planning to go to work immediately upon graduation, attend a technical college, or go to a four-year university, communication skills are crucial. A survey of the top Fortune 500 companies indicates that strong communication skills accompanied by teamwork are the most important skills in job effectiveness. This course will incorporate project-based learning, professional presentations, and case studies. Various topics that will be covered in this course include corporate presentations, business and international etiquette, “netiquette”, digital tools in business, communication strategies, and professional workplace procedures.

Accounting - BUS2010, 1.0-credit, Grades 10-12

Accounting is the key to opening the door to the business world and that is why it is called the "language of business." Every business in our society is impacted by accounting-based decisions. In addition, accounting is essential in many occupations as well as being useful in comprehending your personal finances. Understanding how accounting data is accumulated through the double-entry procedure and the reporting and basic analysis of this financial information are key outcomes of the course. Other topics covered include payroll, inventory, depreciation, and career exploration.  This is an important college preparatory course for students planning to major in any area of business.

Take Charge:  Leading and Managing! - BUS4080, .5-credit, Grades 11-12

Learn management and leadership skills that span across all functions of a business and your life. Current business and community topics and events will play a role in learning how the role of a manager/leader continues to evolve.  In this class you will learn how to plan, organize and implement various management, supervisory, and leadership strategies and techniques to be truly successful!

Law & Ethics - formerly Business & Personal Law - BUS3010, .5-credit, Grades 10-12

What can you do if you’ve been tricked into a poor contract? Where would you take your lawsuit? How high up the court structure can your case go? Learn answers to these and other legal questions pertaining to both personal and business law applications. This course is designed to familiarize you with the basic legal principles relevant to your roles as citizens, consumers and employees. Content includes the origin of law, criminal and civil law, the court system, business ethics, basic elements of contracts, intellectual property, consumer laws, employer-employee relations, and environmental law. Emphasis throughout the course will be given to application of basic principles of law to everyday situations through case studies, possible field trips, and class discussion. You will also undertake a “mock trial” experience, which provides firsthand experience in a courtroom atmosphere.

Personal Finance** - BUS2055, .5-credit,  Grades 10-12

Personal finance is one of the most useful classes you can take in order to prepare for your future!  It is proven that poor financial decisions can lead to an accumulated debt spiral that will prevent you from saving and planning for a secure financial future. Learn to manage your personal financial affairs through real life applications. Areas of study include investing, banking, taxes, credit, acquiring insurance and loans, budgeting, and successful employment skills.  Technology is infused throughout this course, with applications ranging from personal money management to preparation of income tax forms to evaluating investment options.  Walk away from this class with the W!SE Financial Literacy Certification.

Innovation Zone 2:  Be Your Own Boss - MRK1050, .5 credit, Grades 11-12

Successful students will have completed Innovation Zone 1:  Entrepreneurship with a “C” or better.

If you are one of the seventy percent of all high school students who say they want to start their own business, this is the class for you!  Expand on your knowledge from Innovation Zone: Entrepreneurship.  Develop a startup business framework and learn from local entrepreneurs to work through problems you will encounter. Pitch your idea at a city-wide event.  

**Industry certification can be earned.

 *College Credit