• CAREER & OCCUPATIONAL STUDIES

    Dept. Chairperson: Kristen Becker

    The mission of the Business Education Department is to help all students develop the knowledge, skills, and professional practices necessary to be college and career ready. Business education assists students with enhancing their 21 Century skills and developing the soft skills required to be successful in the workforce.

    Business Education provides students with the foundation to pursue programs such as business administration, management, ownership, accounting, marketing, and finance. Course clusters group the various electives that would apply to specific areas of interest. Students may elect to take courses from a variety of course clusters if they wish to explore various fields or remain within a cluster if they prefer a strong preparation for specific post high school study.

    NEW YORK STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

    SUGGESTED CLUSTERS FOR BUSINESS & MARKETING EDUCATION:

    Cluster 1: Accounting/Finance

    • Career & Financial Management
    • Corporate Communications & Technology
    • Introduction to Business
    • Business Ownership
    • Accounting
    • Macroeconomics (Econ 101)

    Cluster 2: Business Administration

    • Career & Financial Management
    • Corporate Communications & Technology
    • Introduction to Business
    • Business Ownership
    • Marketing 101
    • Macroeconomics (Econ 101)

    Cluster 3: Marketing

      • Sports & Entertainment Marketing
      • Corporate Communications & Technology
      • Introduction to Business
      • Business Ownership
      • Marketing 101

     

    • Macroeconomics (Econ 101)

     

    Business Education Courses:

    • Accounting – 1 credit
    • Business Ownership – ½ credit
    • Career & Financial Management – 1 credit
    • Corporate Comm. & Technology – 1 credit
    • Introduction to Business – ½ credit
    • Marketing 101 – 1 credit
    • Macroeconomics (Econ 101) – ½ credit
    • Sports & Entertnmnt Marketing – 1 credit

     

     

    ACCOUNTING

    1 UNIT OF CREDIT

    Accounting is a 1-unit course that introduces students to the field of accounting and general business practices. It is a great introductory course into the world of business focusing on the three forms of businesses, accounting careers, the basic accounting equation, analyzing business transactions, journalizing and posting business transactions, and payroll accounting.

     

    BUSINESS OWNERSHIP

    ½ UNIT OF CREDIT

    Formerly called Entrepreneurship, the Business Ownership course will provide students with an understanding of the critical role played by small businesses and their owners, in the national and global economy. It will also explore the various forms of business ownership including how to legally start and run a business of one’s own. Students will learn the skills, characteristics, and aptitudes that are found in successful business owners. Students will work together and/or individually to prepare simulations outlining the steps needed to plan, develop, and start their own business. Building on these concepts, the Business Ownership curriculum approaches student learning experimentally by encouraging students to evaluate, develop, and work with the business ideas they already have or those they conceive during the course. The course will culminate with a simulated “Shark Tank” presentation given to a panel of individuals from the school and community.

     

    CAREER AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

    1 UNIT OF CREDIT

    This course will allow students to explore the post-secondary options related to their career interests, aptitudes, and personality types. Students will partake in personality assessments and conduct research to discover careers they are most suited for. Each student will demonstrate employability through conducting job searches, reviewing job descriptions and applications, creating professional resumes, and applying learned interview skills in mock interviews. A brief section will focus on college research and financial aid planning. During the second part of the course, students will explore personal financial management decision making skills including how to manage income through banking and investing, risk management (insurance), taxes, and credit. Students will walk away from this class able to demonstrate their ability to understand their interests, explore post-secondary options, become viable employees, and manage their financial lives.

     

    CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS & TECHNOLOGY

    1 UNIT OF CREDIT

    This course introduces students to the concept of service and communication as a critical component of running a successful business. It combines learning current theory and practices with observations of customer service in actions through case studies, role-play, and critical analysis of models to provide a comprehensive perspective on this subject. Students will be confronted with everyday business situations and be able to analyze and resolve these situations. In addition, this course engages students through hands-on experience using computer applications. Instruction is provided on the Microsoft Office Suite and Google Applications as business and personal tools. Using these applications, students will perform activities that will prepare them for the efficient world of business. Students will collaborate with their peers to develop business documents, spreadsheets, presentations, forms, and other real world applications. A brief portion of the class is spent using a software designed to increase students' typing speed and accuracy.

     

    INTRODUCTION OF BUSINESS

    ½ UNIT OF CREDIT

    In Introduction to Business, you will compare and contrast sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations – and the advantages and disadvantages of each. You will explore the functions of modern business management, marketing, and ethics and social responsibility. You’ll also look at the human resource management side of running a business, and learn how employers can motivate their employees. Finally, you’ll address the numbers side of running a business and examine bookkeeping, accounting, financial management, and financial statements.

     

    MARKETING 101 - (SUNY ORANGE)

    3 COLLEGE CREDITS / 1 HS CREDIT

    This class presents an overview of marketing - the business operations that connect a product or service to its consumer. Students will learn skills and concepts such as the 4 P's of marketing, channels of distribution, ethics, market research, social responsibility, sales, advertising, promotion, and customer relationship management. Students will learn innovative and creative marketing strategies that are used in stores and on the internet to attract and retain consumers. Students will understand how social media has become a major marketplace for buying, promoting, and advertising goods and services.

    Prerequisite: Open to juniors with an 85 overall average or higher. Seniors with an 80 average overall or higher.

     

    MACROECONOMICS - (ST THOMAS AQUINAS COLLEGE)

    3 COLLEGE CREDITS / ½ HS CREDIT

    Macroeconomics is designed to give students a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to an economic system as a whole The focus of the course will be the components of national income, economic growth, aggregated supply and demand, inflation, business cycles, unemployment, monetary and fiscal policy, and price determination. Students will collaborate with classmates to create various projects and research assignments with the use of Google Classroom. This course satisfies the economics requirement for all seniors.

    Prerequisite: Open to juniors with an 85 overall average or higher. Seniors with an 80 average overall or higher.

     

    SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT MANAGEMENT

    1 UNIT OF CREDIT

    The sports and entertainment industries are two of the most popular industries in the United States. These vast and exciting industries include spectator sports, recreational sports, film, music, television, gaming and more. The American Marketing Association defines marketing as the activity, set of institutions, and processes for creating, communicating, delivering, and exchanging offerings that have values for customers, clients, partners, and society at large. This course focuses on gaining a basic knowledge of these industries and the opportunities that are available to potential employees. Further exploration includes bringing the excitement of marketing into the dynamic world of sports and entertainment, allowing students to envision their future career in one or both of these areas. In this course, students will explore the basics of marketing, advertising, branding, customer engagement, market research, product development and more. All of these will be look at from a sports and entertainment lens through innovative project based exploration. Students will work together and individually through a comprehensive curriculum that will integrate real time, real world situations into the classroom, preparing them for their futures in college and the workforce.