Accounting I (Grades 9-12)
Accounting 1—CP is a one semester course open to all students. Students will explore the fundamental concepts of Financial Accounting. High emphasis is placed on computerized Accounting practices. Students will complete a variety of short and long term projects using Aplia Online Working Papers and customized Google Sheets spreadsheet templates. Students will also get a taste of authentic Accounting in action as they observe and assist in the bookkeeping activities of DECA’s Lions Locker School Store and Custom Apparel business. Accounting Students are eligible for DECA team and competition.
Business Career Pathways (Grades 9-12)
In this course we will investigate various industries and careers within those industries through research, speakers and field trips. We will gain a general understanding of business in the 21st century, such as US and Global Business Environments, Entrepreneurship, and Personal and Business Finance, through the use of hands-on, enjoyable, and challenging activities. Lastly, students will develop skills essential to success no matter the career they choose such as time management, communication, leadership, social media etiquette, public speaking and accountability. Introduces students to the world of business. Topics include basic economic ideas that explain domestic and global business activity, business ownership, management, marketing, financial institutions, personnel, labor relations and the interaction of business and society.
E-Commerce Marketing (Grades 9-12)
This CP level course is ideal for students interested in exploring how to conduct business online. Students will study how implementing technology can engage cardholders, merchants, issuers, payment gateways and other parties in electronic transactions. The importance of proper integration between an e-commerce website and various social media promotions will be a heavy focus of this course.
In this experiential learning students will evaluate and update a working internet commerce site for the Lions Locker, CHS school store. Students will learn the importance of positioning a retail brand against target consumers, choosing category assortment, negotiating certain terms with vendors, setting prices and promotions, managing inventories, developing messaging and advertising through traditional methods as well as social media marketing while factoring in competition, and constructing a viable online business model. The creative outlets for students in the class are endless. DECA eligible course.
Introduction to Entrepreneurship (Grades 10-12)
This course will introduce individual components of entrepreneurship and their implications for society. Special emphasis is placed on decision-making and problem solving in society through an understanding of opportunity recognition, economic/financial models, value creation, and basic entrepreneur-related
concepts. This course also introduces students to the theory of entrepreneurship and its practical implementation. Students will have the opportunity to use state of the art software and apparel decoration equipment to aid in the learning process. Centered around a mixture of theoretical exploration as well as case studies of real-world examples and guest lectures, students will develop an understanding of successes, opportunities and risks of entrepreneurship. Students will also develop skills in written business communication and oral presentations that allow students to integrate entrepreneurship concepts and interact with business experts.
Students in this course are eligible for DECA team and competition.
Management (Grades 9-12)
This semester course introduces basic functions and how organizations (businesses) are owned, managed, and controlled. The managerial roles of planning, leading, organizing and controlling provide the framework that course materials will be built around. Areas of concentration include legal and ethical considerations in management, decision-making and communication skill development, and leadership principles.
Marketing (Grades 9-12)
A college oriented course designed to cover key topics such as: the role of marketing in our economy; consumer behavior; market planning; the development of the marketing mix; market segmentation; pricing strategies; selling and advertising. Discussions, case studies, oral presentations, and writing assignments will be a part of the required coursework. Computer simulation programs will be used to enhance student understanding in multiple areas. Students are eligible for and are encouraged to participate in DECA and compete with other students in specific areas of study they are interested in: concert/event promotion, fashion buying, displaying and showcasing. Students will explore the determination of target markets, the psychological influences that cause people to buy, and the appropriate advertising methods used to reach the appropriate audiences.
Students will be encouraged to participate in DECA competitions and events where they will have a chance to successfully apply their knowledge in a variety of academic and hands-on settings.
Microsoft Office Certification (Grades 9-12)
This course provides an overview of key software applications needed in today’s business world. Students will learn and master the use of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Access. Utilizing an interactive and engaging software, students will learn to create and work with documents, presentations, spreadsheets and databases. These skills are essential in the world of work and this course will teach students how to effectively design and present in appropriate business applications.
- Create professional documents using standard industry software
- Identify topics through research and use the appropriate application to summarize data accurately
- Analyze, organize and verify quantitative data accurately in appropriate formats
- Organize and share data using collaborative applications
- Design and present information professionally using business applications
MoneySmart (Grades 9-12)
In today’s unstable economic and financial climate, it is essential that students become financially literate citizens who will understand the concepts of financial security today and in the future. They will develop knowledge, skills, and confidence to begin assuming responsibility for their financial future. Students will develop critical thinking skills with respect to financial planning concepts as they relate to their own individual situations. Topics will include:
- Education and Employment
- Financing a car loan
- College Financing
- Credit Cards and Debit Cards
- Saving and Investing Basics
- Impacts of Credit Use
- Consumer Decision Making
Students will take part in a variety of realistic experiences throughout the semester including the H&R Block Virtual Business Personal Finance Simulation as well as a customized Investopedia stock market game. Banking professionals will engage the students in several interactive presentations. Financial Planning students are eligible for DECA competition.