Business

Business & Entrepreneurship Pathways

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[wptabs type=”accordion” mode=”horizontal”] [wptabtitle]Marketing[/wptabtitle][wptabcontent]

Course #: BU115SSAA, BU115SSAB

Length & Credit: 2 trimesters/1 credit/ SL-Arts-CT

Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: None

In this course, students learn basic business and marketing concepts relevant to all business operations and organizations. These concepts include product planning and selling; promotion; advertising; visual merchandising; market research; customer service skills; product pricing; distribution channels; human relations; and business management techniques. With technology and computers being such a key factor in the operations of today’s businesses, students will learn computer applications skills and gain workplace readiness. Many of the business and marketing strategies learned in class are accomplished through a variety of activities and projects such as multi-media productions; market research studies; visual displays; product designs; advertisements and promotional campaigns; and more. This course is a prerequisite for Advanced Marketing, wherein students will gain hands-on customer service and retail merchandising skills while helping to operate one or more of the school’s student-run enterprises.

[/wptabcontent] [wptabtitle]Personal Finance[/wptabtitle][wptabcontent]

Course#: BU230SSA

Length & Credit: 1 trimester/ .5 credit/ SL-Arts-CT

Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: None

* This course does NOT meet the Econ/PF grad requirement In order to be able to function as a responsible citizen in the interrelated roles of wage earner and wage spender, students in this class will gain an understanding of topics related to employment and income; purchase of goods and services; and rights and responsibilities in the marketplace. Students will have the opportunity to learn basic money management skills that include budgeting know-how, debt management, property ownership, investing strategies, banking, housing, insurance needs, tax preparation, personal law, estate planning—all of which will help students to develop a lifetime financial plan.

[/wptabcontent] [wptabtitle]CN Accounting[/wptabtitle][wptabcontent]

Course #: BU215CSA

Length & Credit: 1 trimester/.5 credit/ SL-Arts-CT

Grade(s): 10, 11, 12

Prerequsites: None

College Credit: COCC, 3 credits, $TBD

Students will use the computer in a hands-on approach to learning double-entry accounting concepts. Students use software that performs like real-world business accounting software. Accounting concepts learned include: general journals and ledgers, bank reconciliation, financial documents, end-of-fiscal period transactions, invoicing, purchases, cash payments, sach receipts, discounts, and sales. Computerized Accounting teaches the fundamentals of accounting which can be used for personal records, attaining entry-level skills for job placement, or provide an excellendt background for the college bound business, marketing, adminsitration, finance, or accounting student. Accounting is a foundation course for any career in business. This course will be offered every other year.

[/wptabcontent] [wptabtitle]CN Introduction To Business[/wptabtitle][wptabcontent]

Course #: BU210CSA

Length & Credit: 1 trimester/.5 credit/ SL-Arts-CT

Grade(s): 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: None

College Credit: COCC, 3 credits, $TBD

This course will introduce students to the exciting and challenging world of business. Through the information and activities presented in this class, students will become knowledgeable consumers, well-prepared employees, and
effective citizens in the economy. This course will serve as a background for other business courses that students will take in high school and in college. It will prepare students for future employment or business ownership and make them better informed citizens in an expanding international economy. Topics covered in this course include: Economic Decisions and Activity; Business in the Global Economy; Business Organizations; Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management; Marketing; Management and Leadership; Human
Resources; Business and Technology; Production and Business Operations and more.

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[wptabtitle]Business Communications[/wptabtitle]   [wptabcontent]

Course #: BU129SSAA, BU129SSAB

Length & Credit: 2 trimesters/ 1 credit/ SL-Arts-CT (Repeatable)

Grade(s): 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: None

In this course, students learn about the many exciting and challenging facets of business, as well as the dynamic role of business in today’s environment. The Introduction to Business course serves as a background for other business courses that students will take in high school and/or in college. Through classroom discussions, activities, and projects, the course prepares students for future business employment, business management, or business ownership, making them better-informed citizens in an expanding global economy. Business-related topics covered in this course include: Risks and Profits; The Economy; Business Formation; Entrepreneurship; Management; Organizational Structure; Human Resource; Marketing; and Finance and Accounting.

[/wptabcontent] [wptabtitle]Business Leadership[/wptabtitle]   [wptabcontent]

Course #: BU225SSA

Length & Credit: 1 trimester/ .5 credit/ SL-Arts-CT (Repeatable)

Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: None

In this course, students will develop and improve their business and leadership skills by completing one or more business-related projects or activities. The leadership component of this class involves students (either individually or in small teams) managing and completing a business project in a self-directed manner. Leadership projects that students can choose from include the following: community service project, business plan, video production, entrepreneurship, business skill presentation, public speaking, impromptu speaking, business partnership project, newsletter design, website design, and others. Students may then choose to enter their business project in statewide competitive events. The business skills development component of this class involves students learning and/or enhancing various business skills such as computer skills, written and oral communication, marketing skills, business ethics know-how, organization and time management skills, presentation skills, business management, and information technology.

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[wptabtitle]Entrepreneurship 1[/wptabtitle][wptabcontent]

Course #: BU125SSA

Length & Credit: 1 trimester/.5 credit/ SL-Arts-CT

Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: None

This course students will learn how to plan and launch an innovative business, as well as how to develop and design innovative product ideas. Entrepreneurship concepts that students learn and apply in this class are modeled after ‘design-thinking’ processes used in today’s workplaces. With “learning by doing” as the goal, students will come up with a new business idea and write a business plan for that business. Students will also research design, develop, manage, and market their own entrepreneurial product ideas. In addition, students will have the opportunity to listen to entrepreneur guest speakers, to showcase their business ideas and products to community members, to compete in business plan competitions, and to attend entrepreneur workshops.

[/wptabcontent] [wptabtitle]Entrepreneurship 2[/wptabtitle][wptabcontent]

Course #: BU127SSA, BU127SSAB

Length & Credit: 2 trimesters/1 credit/ SL-Arts-CT

Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Entrepreneurship 1

This course students will learn how to plan and launch an innovative business, as well as how to develop and design innovative product ideas. Entrepreneurship concepts that students learn and apply in this class are modeled after ‘design-thinking’ processes used in today’s workplaces. With “learning by doing” as the goal, students will come up with a new business idea and write a business plan for that business. Students will also research design, develop, manage, and market their own entrepreneurial product ideas. In addition, students will have the opportunity to listen to entrepreneur guest speakers, to showcase their business ideas and products to community members, to compete in business plan competitions, and to attend entrepreneur workshops.

[/wptabcontent] [wptabtitle]Entrepreneurship 3: Panther Tech A/B/C[/wptabtitle][wptabcontent]

Course #: BU128SSAA, BU128SSAB, BU128SSAC

Length & Credit: 3 trimester/1.5 credit/ SA

Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Entrepreneurship 1 & 2, Instructor Approval

Entrepreneurship 3C: Panther Teach A/B/C is a student-run business, specializing in metal, wood, or plastic products, product design and development, prototyping, marketing and entrepreneurship. Students can expect to learn all aspects of running a business from management to accounting to design to production. Eligible students will have strong skills in one or more of these areas. Panther Tech is operated like a business, and as such, students will be paid a nominal amount for their work in the company after expenses are met.

*This course will be offered in 2018-2019 school year.

[/wptabcontent] [wptabtitle]Business Mentor A/B/C[/wptabtitle][wptabcontent]

Course #: BU124SSAA, BU124SSAB, BU124SSAC

Length & Credit: 3 trimester/1.5 credit/ SL-Arts-CT

Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Entrepreneurship 1 & 2, Instructor Approval

This course is intended for students seeking a mentorship or tutoring experience that goes beyond that of a teacher’s aide. Participants are expected to be advance students, who will act as Mentors to beginning-level “apprentice” students. Mentors will assist in teaching may of the basic skills in any of the above courses to individuals or small group.

[/wptabcontent] [wptabtitle]Work Experience Business[/wptabtitle][wptabcontent]

Course #: CT932SELA

Length & Credit: 1 trimester/.5 credit/ SL-Arts-CT (Repeatable)

Grade(s): 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: None

This course consists of a student job that integrates work site experiences with academic learning and career development. It is an opportunity to gain employment skills while connecting work with learning at school. To qualify as a school-to-work experience, duties of employed students usually must be planned specifically to ensure work-based learning is meaningful. It involves a contract between the student, employer and the school. Students must provide copy of pay stubs showing hours completed and all withholding taxes.

[/wptabcontent] [wptabtitle]Sports & Event Marketing[/wptabtitle][wptabcontent]

Course #: BU116SSA

Length & Credit: 1 trimester/.5 credit/ SL-Arts-CT

Grade(s): 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: None

This class where students will have the opportunity to operate a sports marketing business that promotes the athletic teams of RHS.  Students will not only create a marketing plan and run the business, but they will also develop and host a website for RHS athletics information and merchandise sales.  Student will also be involved in the operational and merchandising elements of the school’s on-site athletic-wear store known as PAW (Panther Athletic Wear).  Furthermore, students will conduct all aspects of event management marketing campaigns as they promote on-campus events.  In completing their responsibilities, students will be assigned one or more job-titles such as sports writer, accountant, sales representative, web-site manager, public-relations manager, event-coordinator, and more.  Students will gain experience I the fields of Public Relations, Business Finance, Advertising, E-commerce, Graphic Design, Web Design, Sports Writing, Photography, Video Editing, Business Management, Business Operations and Accounting.

[/wptabcontent] [wptabtitle]Yearbook[/wptabtitle][wptabcontent]

Course #: CT200SSA1, CT200SSA2, CT200SSA3

Length & Credit: 3 trimesters/1.5 credit/ SL-Arts-CT

Grade(s): 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: None

In this class, students have as their responsibility the production of the school’s yearbook. Students will serve on the yearbook staff in positions of copywriters, photographers, designers, and advertising salespersons. Students will use computer technologies to produce the yearbook, and they will learn the skills of yearbook design, layout design, desktop publishing, digital photography, record keeping, and meeting team and personal deadlines. The publication is completed using Adobe InDesign for page layout and Adobe Photoshop for photo manipulation. This is a class where students are self-directed and work in collaborative teams to create a publication that captures the essence of the school year. The yearbook class is particularly suited for students who are highly motivated, take initiative, and can work in team environments.

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