Business, Finance, and Information Technology Education

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PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
 
Business, Finance, and Information Technology Education prepares students for successful transition from school to work and postsecondary education. It empowers them to use business principles and concepts while they manage their current and future responsibilities as informed consumers and productive workers in the 21st century. Business, Finance, and Information Technology Education is a broad, comprehensive curriculum at the middle and high school levels that provides students with meaningful instruction for and about business, finance, and information technology. Business, Finance, and Information Technology Education plays a major role in preparing a competent, business literate, and skilled workforce. The program area is designed to integrate business, finance, and information technology skills into the middle and high school curriculum.
 
Business, Finance, and Information Technology Education is designed to prepare graduates as viable competitors in the business world and for advanced educational opportunities. The instructional program begins in the middle grades with the development of proficiency in basic computer software applications. Exploratory experiences in business, marketing, and entrepreneurship are also included in the middle school curriculum. This experience continues at the high school level with career pathways that provide knowledge and skill development in these Career Clusters™:
 
  • Business, Management, and Administration
  • Finance
  • Information Technology
 
Literacy and numeracy skills are an integral part of the Business, Finance, and Information Technology Education program. Computer literacy and proficiency in the various applications are emphasized throughout the curriculum. Development of 21st century skills including collaboration, critical thinking, economic literacy, entrepreneurial skills, and problem-solving is a part of each of the career pathways. Opportunities to develop and apply leadership, social, civic, and business-related skills are provided through Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), the Career-Technical Student Organization for Business, Finance, and Information Technology Education students. Integration of the Business, Finance, and Information Technology Education program with appropriate academic concepts/courses is strongly encouraged.

COURSE OFFERINGS

Microsoft Excel and Access

Course Number:                                           BM20

Recommended Maximum Enrollment:       30

Prerequisite:                                                  None

Students in Microsoft IT Academies benefit from world-class Microsoft curriculum and cuttingedge software tools to tackle real-world challenges in the classroom environment.  The first part of the class is designed to help you use the newest version of Microsoft Excel interface, commands, and features to present, analyze, and manipulate various types of data.  Students will learn to manage workbooks as well as how to manage, manipulate, and format data.  In the second part of the class, students will learn how to create and work with a database and its objects by using the new and improved features in newest version of Microsoft Access.  Students will learn how to create, modify, and locate information as well as how to create programmable elements and share and distribute database information.  Mathematics is reinforced.  Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course include cooperative education, internship, service learning, and job shadowing.  Apprenticeship is not available for this course.  Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) competitive events, community service, and leadership activities provide the opportunity to apply essential standards and workplace readiness skills through authentic experiences.  

This course can help prepare students for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) in Excel and/or Access, http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/mos.aspx.

Microsoft Word and PowerPoint

Course Number:                                           BM10

Recommended Maximum Enrollment:       30

Prerequisite:                                                  None

Students in Microsoft IT Academies benefit from world-class Microsoft curriculum and software tools to tackle real-world challenges in the classroom environment.  In the first part, students will learn to use the newest version of Microsoft Word interface, commands, and features to create, enhance, customize, share and create complex documents, and publish them.  In the second part, students will learn to use the newest version of Microsoft PowerPoint interface, commands, and features to create, enhance, customize, and deliver presentations.  English language arts are reinforced.  Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course include cooperative education, internship, service learning, and job shadowing.  Apprenticeship is not available for this course.  Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) competitive events, community service, and leadership activities provide the opportunity to apply essential standards and workplace readiness skills through authentic experiences.  

This course can help prepare students for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) in Word and/or PowerPoint, http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/mos.aspx.            

Multimedia and Webpage Design

Course Number:                                           BD10

Recommended Maximum Enrollment:       25

Prerequisite:                                                  BM10 Microsoft Word and PowerPoint

This course focuses on desktop publishing, graphic image design, computer animation, virtual reality, multimedia production, and webpage design. Communication skills and critical thinking are reinforced through software applications.  English language arts and arts are reinforced.  Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course include cooperative education, internship, school-based enterprise, service learning, and job shadowing.  Apprenticeship is not available for this course.  Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) competitive events, community service, and leadership activities provide the opportunity to apply essential standards and workplace readiness skills through authentic experiences.   

Personal Finance

Course Number:                                            BF05

Recommended Maximum Enrollment:       25

Prerequisite:                                                  None

This course prepares students to understand economic activities and challenges of individuals and families, the role of lifestyle goals in education and career choices, procedures in a successful job search, financial forms used in independent living, and shopping options and practices for meeting consumer needs. The course also prepares students to understand consumer rights, responsibilities, and information, protect personal and family resources, and apply procedures for managing personal finances. English language arts and mathematics are reinforced.  Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course include mentorship, school-based enterprise, service learning, and job shadowing.  Apprenticeship and cooperative education are not available for this course.  DECA (an association for Marketing Education students), Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) competitive events, community service, and leadership activities provide the opportunity to apply essential standards and workplace readiness skills through authentic experiences.  

Principles of Business and Finance

Course Number:                                            BF10

Recommended Maximum Enrollment:       30

Prerequisite:                                                  None

This course introduces students to topics related to business, finance, management, and marketing to cover business in the global economy, functions of business organization and management, marketing basics, and significance of business financial and risk management. English language arts, social studies, and mathematics are reinforced. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course include mentorship, school-based enterprise, service learning, and job shadowing. Cooperative education is not available for this course.

Apprenticeship is not available for this course. DECA (an association for Marketing Education students) and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) competitive events, community service, and leadership activities provide the opportunity to apply essential standards and workplace readiness skills through authentic experiences.   

CTE Advanced Studies

Course Number:                                           CS95 

Recommended Maximum Enrollment:       25

Prerequisite:                                                  Two technical credits in one Career Cluster 

This culminating course is for juniors and seniors who have earned two technical credits, one of which is a completer course, in one Career Cluster. The Advanced Studies course must augment the content of the completer course and prepare students for success in transitioning to postsecondary education and future careers. Students work under the guidance of a teacher with expertise in the content of the completer course in collaboration with community members, business representatives, and other school-based personnel. The four parts of the course include writing a research paper, producing a product, developing a portfolio, and delivering a presentation. Students demonstrate their abilities to use 21st century skills. DECA (an association for Marketing Education students), Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), FFA, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), SkillsUSA, and Technology Student Association (TSA) competitive events, community service, and leadership activities provide the opportunity to apply essential standards and workplace readiness skills through authentic experiences.