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 Entrepreneurship plus English Research & Communication
  • Business Internship (grade 12)
    • prerequisite of Business & Innovation

Other Exploratory Courses within the BE Pathway

  • Foundations of Business (grades 9-12)
  • Personal Money Management (grades 9-12)
  • DECA Coffee Shop (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 elective business credits and required English Language Arts credits with the option to earn three embedded college credits. The class will operate in a double-block to allow flexibility for each day so students can engage in company projects, travel to local businesses and participate in field experiences. This past year, students worked on company projects with partners such as National Sports Center, Urban Air, Infinite Campus and Rise nonprofit. Students will be contacted after registration for an interview. 

In Business Entrepreneurship, students will learn 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. 

Grade levels: 11, 12 

Credits: 3 credits of required English Language Arts; 3 credits of business elective; option for 3 college credits in CMST 1110 at Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Type: Full Year, two-hour block

 *Students do not need to sign up for Language Arts if registering for this course.

If taking the course for college credit, eligibility requirements are as follows: 

  • Grade 11: Top 1/3 in class rank or 3.5 G.P.A. plus 1047 on MCA reading OR 54 on Accuplacer Reading Assessment OR 21 on ACT Reading
  • Grade 12: Top ½ in class rank or 3.0 G.P.A. plus 1047 on MCA reading OR 54 on Accuplacer Reading Assessment OR 21 on ACT Reading

Business Internship

In this course, students will intern within a local business, going off-site most days to work at the assigned company. Every effort will be made to place the student in a sector of business that is interest of them, such as marketing, finance, or communications. Students will be expected to engage in professional behavior and will be assigned a professional mentor from the hosting company. Student selection will include an interview process. 

Grades: 12

Credits: 4

Type: Business Elective, two-hour block in trimesters 2 and 3

Prerequisite: Business & Innovation course

Foundations of Business

Foundations of 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 Coffee Shop

In this course, students will prepare for DECA competitions and run the school coffee shop. Students will gain hands on experience running a business and make important decisions regarding the school coffee shop. For DECA students will choose an area to focus on and prepare for competitive events that is of interest to them.  The competitive event categories are business management & administration, hospitality and tourism, marketing, entrepreneurship, finance, and personal financial literacy. Students will gain presentation and marketing skills. 

Course Logistics:

  • Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Credits: 3
  • Type: 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