Business and Entrepreneurship

The Business and Entrepreneurship Pathway is designed to give students experience in the many careers within the industry, while also exposing them to the varying types of business, including startups, small businesses, corporations and nonprofit companies. Students in this pathway will have the option to deeply explore or expose themselves to marketing, finance, leadership, business management, analytics and other sectors. They will also gain the necessary communication skills to thrive in the business world whether they wish to start their own company or join a fast-paced corporate environment.

Course Options

  • Business and Innovation Course (grades 11-12)
    • embeds Business Marketing, English Research & Communication
       

Other Exploratory Courses within the BE Pathway

  • Introduction to Business (grades 9-12)
  • Personal Money Management (grades 9-12)
  • DECA Lab A, B, or C (grades 9-12)
  • Accounting 1 (grades 10-12)
  • Accounting 2 (grades 10-12)
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Business and Entrepreneurship Course Descriptions 

Business & Innovation

Students will earn a full-year of both elective business credit and required English language arts credit, as well as a trimester credit requirement for Social Studies (if still needed). They have the option to earn three embedded college credits. The class will operate as a cohort, working in a double-block together through the first two trimesters, with an option to add a third hour in economics in the third trimester. The blocked time allows flexibility for each day so students can engage in company projects, travel to local businesses, and participate in field experiences. Students will be contacted after registration for an interview.

In Business Marketing, students will discover elements of business and management including leadership, operations, ethics, marketing, and finance in both local and global markets. In the first half of the year, students will work in teams on real consulting projects for local companies. In the second half of the year, students will create a business plan and participate in a shark-tank style entrepreneurship competition for an idea, product, or service.

In English Research & Communication, students are introduced to fundamental elements and models of communication, basic theory, interpersonal communication, small group communication and public speaking. Students will study persuasion, cultural competency, professional communication and read both fiction and nonfiction texts relevant to global communication, research and leadership. Students have the option to earn three embedded college credits. 

For those students who have yet to earn their Economics credit, they may choose to take it with their cohort in the pathway, learning concepts for macroeconomics and microeconomics through the lens of business and entrepreneurship. The course begins with an introduction of economics, including a review of the American free enterprise system. Students will then learn about markets, business and labor, and banking and finance in the microeconomics section. Next, they will learn about measuring economic performance, the government’s role in the economy, and international trade and development in the macroeconomics section. Students who have already fulfilled their Economics credit can still register for the Pathway.        

Course Logistics:

  • Open to 11th-12th grade students
  • Full-year block cohort
  • Trimesters 1 & 2
    • Business Marketing (elective credit)
    • English Research & Communication (ELA core credit with option for 3.0 embedded college credits)
  • Trimester 3
    • Business Marketing (elective credit)
    • English Research & Communication (ELA core credit with option for 3.0 embedded college credits)
  • Economics (core credit) *optional

Intro to Business

Intro to Business

This exploratory course introduces students to the types of businesses that exist and the major activities of business such as insurance, credit, banking, saving, investing, entrepreneurship, economics, marketing and management. Students will leave with a better understanding of the various careers within business.

Course Logistics:

  • Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Credit: 1
  • Type: Trimester; Elective

Personal Money Management

Do you know how to open a checking or savings account? How do you write a check? Does money slip through your fingers as fast as you can earn it? The knowledge of money management and banking services can provide you with the skills to deal with financial matters. Topics covered include budgeting, credit cards, opening and using a checking and savings account, borrowing money, filling out tax forms and making consumer-smart decisions when buying an automobile or buying/renting a home. This course is designed to give the student an understanding of the role of personal money management and how he/she can handle money wisely in day-to-day living.    

Course Logistics:

  • Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Credit: 1
  • Type: Trimester; Elective

DECA – Lab A, B, or C

In this course, students will prepare for DECA competitions, including preparing for the research paper and exam. The competitive event categories are business management & administration, hospitality and tourism, marketing, entrepreneurship, finance, and personal financial literacy. Students will also gain presentation and marketing skills. Students may also participate in projects such as a school coffee shop/store and will further explore business topics of interest. Students can choose to sign up for DECA A, but must have taken DECA A to register for DECA B and then C.        

Course Logistics:

  • Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Credits: 1, 2, and/or 3
  • Type: Trimester or Full Year; Elective

Accounting 1

This course covers the concepts and principles of accounting as they relate to financial statements of a single proprietorship. The course will cover a broad range of accounting principles. This includes special journals, posting, trial balancing, worksheets, financial statements, adjustments, and closing ledgers. This course is strongly recommended for students who will be pursuing a business major in college.

Course Logistics:

  • Grades: 10, 11, 12
  • Credit: 1
  • Type: Trimester; Elective

Accounting 2

This course will be a continuation of Accounting 1. The accounting principles taught in this course includes an in- depth study of accounting principles, procedures, and techniques used in keeping financial records for sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations. Students must take Accounting 1 prior to taking this course. This course is strongly recommended for students who will be pursuing business in college.

Course Logistics:

  • Grades: 10, 11, 12
  • Credit: 1
  • Type: Trimester; Elective