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    BUSINESS, COMPUTERS & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (BCIT)

    The goal of the Business, Computer & Information Technology Department (BCIT) is to prepare students for the dynamic world of business and technology. Whether students plan to enter the work force upon graduation or continue with further education, they can learn marketable skills that improve productivity while expanding career options and earning power.

    COMPUTER APPLICATIONS CLUSTER

    MICROSOFT OFFICE SPECIALIST CERTIFICATION Office 365

    The Microsoft Office Specialist program is the only comprehensive, performance-based certification program approved by Microsoft to validate desktop computer skills using Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Suc­cessful candidates receive all the skills needed to obtain a Microsoft Office Specialist certificate that sets them apart from their peers in the competitive job market. The certificate is a valuable credential recognized worldwide as proof that an individual has the desktop computing skills needed to work more productively and efficiently. A fee will be charged for the certification exam.

     COMPUTER APPLICATIONS FOR COLLEGE & CAREERS (AD)                                          GRADES 9-12

    This course will equip students with the skills and knowledge essential for top-level technology performance. Students will develop the knowledge and skills to prepare documents and presentations efficiently for college assignments and business tasks. This course prepares students for the Microsoft Office Specialist exams in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. Some colleges and universities offer college credits or course waivers to certified Office Specialists.

    ACCELERATED COMPUTER APPLICATIONS FOR COLLEGE & CAREERS (AD)            GRADES 9-12

    This is an advanced level computer course that will equip students with the knowledge and skills for top-level performance with productivity software. Technology concepts will be emphasized to help students correctly format documents, presentations and spreadsheets. This course prepares students for the Microsoft Office Specialist exams in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Some colleges and universities offer college credits or course waivers to certified Office Specialists.

    ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE CLUSTER

    PERSONAL FINANCE AND INVESTING (AD)                                                                             GRADES 9-12

    This course is designed for students who want to learn how to get the most out of their money today while planning for their future. Students will develop a career plan, prepare a budget, learn about banking and credit, plan for retirement, and set up an investment portfolio of stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. Students will participate in many online learning activities as they develop their own personal financial plan.

    ACCELERATED PERSONAL FINANCE AND INVESTING (AD)                                               GRADES 9-12

    This course is designed for students who want to learn how to get the most out of their money today while planning for their future. Students will use more advanced analysis to develop a career plan, prepare a budget, learn about banking and credit, plan for retirement, and set up an investment portfolio of stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. Students will participate in many online learning activities as they develop their own personal financial plan.

    ACCELERATED ACCOUNTING (YR)                                                                                              GRADES 10-12

    This course is designed for students interested in exploring accounting – the language of business. Students will learn how to record, analyze, interpret, and report financial transactions to owners, managers, government agencies, and others interested in the operation of a business. Computerized accounting problems and simulations are incorporated throughout the course. Students will learn the skills necessary to obtain an entry-level office/accounting job. 

    HONORS ACCOUNTING (YR)                                                                                                       GRADES 10-12

    This college-level course provides an introduction to basic principles of financial accounting, the effects of business transactions, and the effect on financial statements.  Learn how to prepare basic financial statements and to engage in decision-making essentials in our economic system through analysis of receivables and inventory. 

    HONORS FINANCE (AD) (S)                                                                                                           GRADES 11-12

    This course presents an introduction to corporate finance. Students will explore how companies raise money and then use this money to increase the value of the firm. Topics for study include learning about financial markets, understanding stocks, bonds, and mutual funds, determining how well one company has performed in relation to other companies, and investigating financial principles such as interest rates, time value of money, and the risk/return trade off. Recommended prerequisite is a grade of at least a B in Accelerated Algebra 2.

     

    MANAGEMENT & MARKETING CLUSTER

    ENTREPRENEURSHIP (AD)                                                                                                      GRADES 9-12

    In this course students will learn the fundamentals of organizing and starting a small business as they create their own completed, bound business plan. The course covers such topics as the challenges of entrepreneurship, building the business plan, strategic planning, franchising, and forms of ownership, marketing, pricing, cash flow, financial planning, putting the plan to work, ethical/legal concerns and the regulatory environment. They will also develop an understanding of what it means to be an entrepreneur and how they can use their unique skills and talents to start a small business venture.

    BUSINESS MANAGEMENT (AD) (S)                                                                                         GRADES 10-12

    This course is designed for the student who plans to major in business in college. It provides insight into the characteristics, organization, and operation of business. It also discusses contemporary issues as well as routine factors that affect business operation, including the environment of business, business ownership, finance, proprietorships, partnerships, marketing/advertising, government regulations, and credit cards.

    HONORS BUSINESS MANAGEMENT (AD) (S)                                                                       GRADES 10-12

    This course is designed for the student who plans to major in business in college. Students will learn about management theories aimed at planning, organizing, leading and controlling the operations of a business both domestically and internationally. Topics include the nature of management, management theories, the environment of management, organizational structures, ethics, and leadership. Recommended prerequisite is a grade of at least a B in Accelerated English.

    SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT MARKETING (AD) (S)                                                       GRADES 10-12

    This course explores the world of marketing from the perspective of the sports and entertainment field. Emphasis will be placed on all aspects of marketing including: planning, consumer behavior, product research, advertising, and communications. Industry-specific topics include college and amateur sports, professional sports, public images, and concert/entertainment venues. Students will frequently engage in individual and group activities as they research existing companies and prepare a variety of marketing materials.

    HONORS MARKETING (AD) (S)                                                                                                GRADES 10-12

    The most dynamic growth industry in the business environment is marketing.  This course is a challenging examination of the theory and practice of marketing in which students learn how important concepts like the foundations of marketing, the 4 P’s of marketing (product, price, place, promotion), marketing segmentation and positioning, consumer behavior, communication skills, and marketing research are applied in marketing management. Students will be expected to participate heavily in class discussions, case problem solving and analysis, and a major team projects.

    ACCELERATED BUSINESS LAW (AD) (S)                                                                                GRADES 10-12

    This course offers an understanding of law as it applies to everyday life. Students will learn how to avoid costly legal mistakes by developing an understanding of how the law affects activities such as buying, selling, renting, employment, and contracts. In addition to business law concepts, this course also teaches court procedures and shows students how to protect their rights.