The Business Technology Program of Study (POS) focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to be effective managers and support specialists in a variety of business settings. Course content covers word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software; business writing, effective communications, and digital citizenship; and advanced coursework in business management and computer applications. Upon completion of the POS, students will be equipped to continue their study of business at postsecondary institutions or seek immediate employment in entry-level positions with business and industry.
Computer Applications (5891)
Computer Applications is a foundational course intended to teach students the computing fundamentals and concepts involved in the proficient use of common application software. Upon completion of this course, students will gain basic proficiency in word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentations. In addition, students will have engaged in key critical thinking skills and will have practiced ethical and appropriate behavior required for the responsible use of technology. (A computerized workstation with dedicated office suite, and page layout software and Internet connectivity is provided for each student.)
Business Communications (5888)
Business Communications is a survey course of communication skills needed in the 21st century business environment. Topics include understanding the communication process, digital citizenship, and business writing, including digital platforms.
Business Management (5889)
Business Management focuses on the managerial activities of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling organizational resources required for the production and delivery of goods and services. Students will learn techniques of leading and motivating employees, designing effective organizations, understanding organizational cultures, analyzing marketing tools, and effective communication.
In Advanced Computer Applications students utilize the advanced features commonly found in software applications (word processing, publishing, spreadsheets, and presentation software). Proficient students will be able to apply a variety of information management software applications to workplace situations and will be prepared to sit for the Microsoft Office Specialist certifications. (A computerized workstation with dedicated office suite, page layout software and Internet connectivity is provided for each student.)
Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) are an integral curriculum component of each Career and Technical Education Program of Study (POS). CTSOs provide students the chance to see and experience what it takes to succeed, not just in terms of academic knowledge, but in terms of leadership, oral and written communication, and other "soft" skills that are the foundation of future success. Students who participate in CTSOs can experience the relationship between classroom and the business world; build business and community contacts who may become role models, mentors, and employers; lead, coordinate, and participate in school and community projects; and apply skills gained in a CTSO to their personal lives.
In the Business Technology POS, the CTSO is Future Business Leaders of American (FBLA). FBLA is the largest and oldest business student organization in the world preparing students for leadership careers in business. The mission of FBLA is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.