Business Track

Aiming for a job in marketing? Is entrepreneurship, finance, or accounting your "thing"? Begin learning early how to pursue your passion by joining the Business Track, where you will collaborate and learn from teachers with a combine experience of more than 30 years in a variety of business fields.

As a student in the business track you will have the chance to participate in extended learning experiences such as career and technical organizations and other leadership or extracurricular organization such as: Business Professionals of America, Business Internships, etc.


Business Track Course Offerings


Principles of Business, Marketing, and Finance

Level: 9th or 10th Grade 
Length: Full year
Credits: 1

This introductory course presents and analyzes the basics of economies and private enterprises that follow resources regarding supply and demand. Students are introduced to the impact and influence of different governing systems that affect the results of international trade and diplomacy with various countries as business partners. Students will participate in marketing with projects of products, manufacturing, and the service industry that relate to advertising and promotions to create a competitive edge. Applications of career research and planning are encouraged in creating personal résumés which students can build throughout their high school experience.


Business Information Management I (BIM)

Level: 10th, 11th or 12th Grade 
Length: Full year
Credits: 1

Certifications: Certiport MOS Specialist Certification in mastered Applications

Students will incorporate the current technology software standards of Windows, Office 365 and Microsoft Office to implement technology skills that address business, educational, personal and interpersonal skills.  Students will be introduced to Applications of Outlook, WORD, EXCEL, and POWERPOINT, as well as, Office Administration expectations of the database ACCESS.  Students will gain knowledge of the newest in technology, operating systems, directories, files and the functional use of word processing, electronic spreadsheets, presentation software, and database formats.


Banking and Financial Services

Level: 10th,11th or 12th Grade 
Length: Full year
Credits:
One-Half Credit

Students are introduced to the number of different institutions, from commercial banks (the largest group) and other traditional means including savings and loans associations, credit unions and local banks to newer ventures through insurance companies, brokerage  houses, and the internet. Students will gain knowledge of the role of the Federal Reserve System in banking operations and cash-handling procedures.  Students will also investigate how banks create and maintain positive ongoing relationships with banking customers and relationships that institutions provided with their communities.

 

Accounting I  

Level: 10th,11th or 12th Grade 
Length: Full year
Credits:
1

Whether a small “mom-and-pop” business or high sophisticated technology firm, Accounting is the “Language of Business”.  Accounting I helps to foster logical/critical thinking skills through the design of accounting procedures.  Students experience basic instructional accounting concepts of banking, payroll, taxes and the reporting of financial statements to aid in managerial decision making. Students dive into the analysis and creation of financial information by following the accounting cycle through a fiscal year in the life- of- merchandise and service businesses. This introductory course also guides students in calculating the financial statements of a business. Students who master Accounting I skills will build a strong résumé for Internships (paid or unpaid).

 

Accounting II

Level: 11th or 12th Grade 
Length: Full year
Credits:
1

Students are advanced to the next level in the formulation, interpretation, and communicating of financial information that upper management depends upon in the decision making process. Accounting II includes such activities as systems- design of the analysis and interpretation of financial information. Recommended to students who wish to major in Accounting, Finance, Management or Entrepreneurship (small business ownership). Students who master the skills of Accounting II will be better prepared in College Accounting, as well as, build a more competitive résumé for Internships in Accounting Placements, scholarships and acceptance in Colleges of Business.


Business Law

Level: 11th or 12th Grade 
Length: Full year
Credits:
1
        

Designed for students to analyze various aspects in the legal environment of ethics, the judicial system, property, sales, contracts, employment and risk management. Examples of true-life scenarios are included in the curriculum for the application of law and practice of mock-trials. This course will introduce relevant legal principles that affect the operation, organization, and administration in business of all sizes and types.
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Global Business

Level: 10th,11th or 12th Grade 
Length: Full year
Credits:
One-Half Credit

Designed for students to analyze global trade theories, international monetary systems, trade policies, politics, and laws relating to global business, as well, as cultural issues, logistics, and international human resource management. Students will analyze the role of the International Monetary fund, the floating exchange rates, the advantages of specialization, as well as, apply the concepts of specialization and comparative advantage. Students will be expected to identify the major ways in which imports are being restricted and describe reasons for controlling exports. Influence of politics and culture will apply in the elements of domestic and international trade.


Virtual Business

Level: 10th,11th or 12th Grade 
Length: Full year
Credits:
One-Half Credit

Designed for students to start or participate in a web presence or business simulation by demonstrating project-management skills in various business concentrations such as: Management, Retail,  Career Development, On-line Marketing, or Accounting. Students participate by being challenged with problem solving techniques as in a true-life business scenario.

 

Business Management

Level: 11th or 12th Grade 
Length: Full year
Credits:
1

Business Management is designed to familiarize students with how the functions of planning, organizing, staffing, leading and controlling work together to create an efficient and productive business. Students participate in analyzing and problem solving to set-up criteria to recommend solutions for challenging business scenarios presented in the curriculum. Students will gain knowledge of the qualities of leadership in management that communicate effectiveness, efficiency and productivity for employer/employee satisfaction which encourages profits for the company.

 

Practicum in Business Management

Level: 12th Grade 
Length: Full year
Credits:
2

Practicum in Business Management is designed to provide a supervised and practical opportunity to (Business Track) seniors who wish to gain experiences from previously studied knowledge and skills through a workforce setting. An un-paid internship experience is intended to strengthen (or discover) his/her career interest when transitioning to higher education. Academic activities begin job searching strategies—i.e. writing a résumé and letter of interest, creating personal business cards, preparing for an interview; as well as, written communication of professional “thank you letters at appropriate times. Senior Business Track Students who do not participate in the Business Practicum will enroll in two business classes (2 credits) noted for Grade 12 by the Texas Education Agency.