Business Education


Business Education courses serve to prepare students for employment and offer life skills useful in high school, college and future work. In order to complete the Business Administration Pathway and receive a CTE endorsement on your diploma, students must successfully complete the following requirements: Computer Applications/Keyboarding, Career and Financial Management I & II, and an approved Work-Based Learning course.  Students must also complete two of the following courses: Marketing & Management, Accounting, College Accounting or Business Law.  Senior year, students must pass a NOCTI Technical Assessment.

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12  |   ½ year  |    ½ credit
This course is designed to promote financial literacy and provide students with financial fitness skills for life. Throughout this course, students will explore everything from how the economy works to personal finance topics including, money management and budgeting, avoiding credit pitfalls, and risk management. If you want to ensure a successful financial future, this is a course you won’t want to miss out on!

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12  |   ½ year  |   ½ credit
Do you think about life after high school or ever asked yourself what is my next step in life: college, a trade school, military, the work force? This is a big decision to make, and everyone has to make it, but it gets a lot easier when you take the time to reflect on what interests, skills and abilities you possess and what careers might be a good match for you. In this course, students will explore the endless career opportunities available to them as well as emerging workplace trends. In addition, students will develop essential employment skills, including resume and cover letter writing, interviewing and communications skills, leadership and teamwork skills, as well as create a professional e-portfolio. Take the first step towards building your future!

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12   |   ½ year    |   ½ credit
The most useful class you will ever take! Students will learn how to use computer programs such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Prezi and Google Programs to enhance their ability to complete assignments during their high school career and beyond. Touch typing will be emphasized. In addition, students will learn cyber-safety skills, social networking, email, and professional documentation. BH-BL graduates have rated this course as one of the most important and useful courses they took in high school. This course is comprised of 20 percent keyboarding and 80 percent software applications.

Grades 10, 11, 12   |   1 year  |   1 credit
This course is geared toward students who are thinking of majoring in business in college or of owning their own business. They’ll learn how to keep the “books” for a business using a manual system, as well as learn the basics of Quickbooks—the number one accounting software for small businesses. This course will help students understand why a business succeeds or fails and how numbers are used to make better business decisions. Students will learn the basics of Excel and how numbers can speak volumes.

Grades 11, 12  |   1 year   |   1 credit
3 CHS credits offered through SCCC
This college credit-bearing course emphasizes law as it applies to one’s personal, family and occupational life. Mock trials, field trips and guest speakers enhance classroom learning. Students examine common legal situations involving civil law (torts), criminal law and contract law. College-bound students, particularly those thinking of Business Administration or Accounting degrees, will find this course indispensable.

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12   |   ½ year  |   ½ credit
Interested in owning your own business? Entrepreneurship is the course for you! Students will study and analyze successful business owners such as Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and others who have made it on their own. Learn how to structure a business, obtain financing, advertise, locate a business and more. Students will create and present their business plans to students, teachers and others. Maybe you will create the next Amazon, Facebook or Google.

Grades 11, 12   |    ½ year  |    ½ credit
Motion pictures, music, art, video games, theme parks and television marketing is one of the most exciting, unpredictable and rewarding careers a marketer can choose. From understanding and developing audiences to creating eye-catching promotional artwork, it’s all about putting customers into theater seats and buying eyes in front of televisions and computer screens. Course projects include—but are not limited to—restaurant theming, amusement ride development, music/movie legend exploration, and “create the next Grammy Winner for Best New Artist.” Students will also have the opportunity for hands-on experience in our video production studio. This is an in-depth, practical class for students interested in marketing and the entertainment industry.

Grades 10, 11, 12  |   ½ year  |    ½ credit
Offered in spring 2021 and spring 2023
The Capital Region continues to attract businesses from all over the world. International Business includes all business activities needed to create, ship and sell goods and services across national borders. This course will focus on theories that can be applied to doing business with any country outside the U.S. and the specific culture, etiquette, protocol and behavior styles of countries around the world. Get prepared now for the global high-tech business world that lies ahead.

Grades 10,  11, 12   |   ½ year   |   ½ credit
Most people dream of becoming wealthy, but don’t really know the first thing about investing. This is a chance to cash in by acquiring the knowledge to help make money. This course is for students who want to learn about investing, the stock market, mutual funds, real estate, credit cards, etc. Students should start now on the road to financial literacy if they don’t know the difference between a 401K and an IRA, or a stock market future and a savings bond. Students will participate in the regional Stock Market Game and compete against other schools.

Grades 10, 11, 12  |   1 year  |    1 credit
6 CHS credits offered through SCCC
Are you thinking of pursuing a business/management career or maybe owning your own business someday? This college credit-bearing course focuses on different types of businesses, management and leadership theories, marketing and advertising, and managing and operating a small business. Students will also create commercials, design products, understand promotion and publicity, and develop pricing strategies. Highlights of the course include creating an advertising campaign for a community business and having hands-on experience in our video production studio. College-bound students are encouraged to take this course to strengthen their management and leadership skills.

Grades 11, 12  |   ½ year  |   ½ credit
Learn to think like a sports manager and solve problems related to the sports industry with an emphasis on event planning, scheduling, budgeting and promotion. Sports theories and philosophies, as well as leadership styles will be explored. Topics to be covered include legends in sports, press conferences, ethics and NCAA guidelines. Careers in sports marketing and management will also be discussed. This course will provide students with an understanding of sports as a business.

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12   |   ½ year  |   ½ credit
As experts in business, students will act as multimedia specialists to create campaigns using strategies that mirror industry standards in the field of business. The production studio in the business education department will be the backdrop for real-life simulations. WeVideo and social media will be used to create marketing campaigns. Students will work both individually and in teams as they learn how to apply the technology and software for media creation, distribution and evaluation within the world of business. Topics include, but are not limited to, marketing through social media, TV commercial production, infomercial production, fundamentals of multimedia production, business communication techniques and marketing/business fundamentals.