This is a year long course that requires selection of both semesters: S1 and S2. Gateway Technical College Students will discover what business is, does, and how it impacts everyday living. Students will develop characteristics, habits and practices that will make effective and forceful workers. The class is broken into two phases: basic economics and personal economics [taxes, careers, marketing, and budgeting]. Basic economics is a study of economic systems, the various ways that nations produce goods and services to meet the wants and needs of people. Economic problems that face businesses will be reviewed, including inflation, recession, depression, and international trade. Personal economics is a study of economic problems faced in the enterprise systems. Topics include: careers, good buying, types of taxes, and simple investments.
- Compare and evaluate the different types of economic systems within our global economy
- Differentiate between business structures and illustrate the benefits and drawbacks of each
- Describe the impact of consumer motives on purchasing choices
- Evaluate sources of and cost of credit
- Create an effective marketing plan and publicity campaign
- Analyze career options and opportunities within the world of business
Strong keyboarding skills are critical for the jobs of the future. Students will develop accurate “”touch”” keyboarding skills and work at increasing their typing speed throughout the first semester. During the second half of the course, students will learn skills that include producing unbound reports with page numbers, quotations, numbered lists, references, and title pages. In addition, students will produce business letters and learn basic word processing functions.
- Improve keyboarding techniques
- Increase keyboarding speed and accuracy
- Key and format letters, memos, reports, outlines and tables
- Develop or update a resume
- Complete a job application form
- Summarize issues with Internet safety
This course will prepare students for the Microsoft Office Specialist certification and the IC3 certification-Key Application module. This course provides students the opportunity to learn the Microsoft Office Suite of Programs. This is a valuable class for the college-bound students as well as the student interested in the business field. The Word unit will include use of spellchecker, format painter, styles, columns, bulleted and numbered lists, tables, clip art, auto shapes, page formatting, templates, macros, and table of contents. The Excel unit will focus on designing and creating spreadsheets using formulas and functions to solve business problems and project future trends through charting. The PowerPoint unit will allow students to prepare quality presentations using animation, clip art and movie clips. Students will also learn to create and maintain databases through Access.
- Demonstrate proficiency of common features in several application software programs
- Analyze, organize and interpret data to find solutions using various software programs
- Design, create and produce original works and innovative presentations
- Incorporate media and technology to create and communicate information
- Discover and differentiate the integration features of a software package by importing, exporting, and merging data
Entrepreneurship is the art of owning and operating your own business. In this class, students will explore and assess their entrepreneurial attitudes and ability, learn how to assess business competition, and create a business plan. Students will learn from entrepreneurs who will speak in class, projects, videos, traditional assignments, and from the semester project of developing their own business plan. This class will also utilize the new FAB Lab in various course projects.
Students will demonstrate knowledge in computer hardware, software, and the operating system. Students will learn the most effective ways to search the web, research cyberspace careers, create an e-resume, compose and send email messages with attachments. Students will examine different computer systems, including the popularity of the smartphone and learn about online safety. Students will also evaluate websites, identify the elements of a quality web page, and develop their own web pages using HTML tags and Dreamweaver. Students will explore Web 2.0 tools.
- Identify Internet safety issues and procedures
- Describe the evolution of the Internet and how it works
- Investigate current and future trends in information technology
- Examine social, ethical, and legal issues associated with information technology
- Debate an ethical issue related to using computer and Internet technology
- Explore the types and features of various Web browsers
- Describe the concept of IP addresses and the Domain Name System (DNS)
- Create Web pages using HTML code and Dreamweaver.
Laws are a part of everyday life. Explore your legal rights and responsibilities. Discover how law relates to you and to business; its history, its natures and types, and its place in society. Areas of study include how laws were formed, procedures in civil and criminal cases, making contacts, terminating contracts, responsibilities of minors, being a consumer, purchasing power, purchasing insurance, and personal and real property rights. Gain knowledge of legal problems and develop the ways to analyze, evaluate, and resolve legal disputes.
- Analyze legal terminology, concepts, and precedence’s and their impact both on personal life and business situations
- Differentiate between the jurisdictions of various court systems and describe civil and criminal court procedures
- Analyze the elements of a contract to determine if a valid contract exists
- Summarize the legal rights of citizens and identify corresponding responsibilities of citizens
- Explain federal and state laws that afford consumer protection
This class provides the training and preparation necessary to succeed in an entry-level job at a business in our community. The students participate in a career exploration and job project, including completing application forms, writing resumes, and participating in mock interviews. Topics in the areas of human relations, oral and written communications, computer applications, financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and international business are developed and enhanced. Emphasis is placed on work ethic and attitude.
- Analyze career opportunities based on students’ interests and skills
- Prepare cover letter and resume and complete job application form
- Participate in mock interview
- Create a portfolio containing representative samples of student work
- Examine the steps involved in communicating in the workplace
- Explore the concepts of entrepreneurship
- Assess potential challenges in international business
This is a year long course that requires selection of both semesters: S1 and S2. Gateway Technical College Where does all the money go? You wouldn’t go to a foreign country and not learn the language. Accounting is the language of business. Accounting can help you keep track of money for business and personal use. You will use financial information to make decisions and use the computer to solve problems. Accounting skills are essential for personal and business record keeping. Additionally, the accounting field is one of the fastest growing job markets in the United States.
- Record transactions in a general journal
- Post journal entries to the general ledger
- Prepare a trial balance
- Prepare and analyze financial statements
- Journalize adjusting and closing entries
- Prepare post-closing trial balance
- Maintain a checking account and reconcile a bank statement
- Prepare payroll
- Maintain records for depreciation
Take this course to learn why Apple, ESPN, Twitter, Google, and Nike are considered successful marketers. Students find out what it takes to market a product or service in today’s fast-paced business environment. They learn the fundamentals of marketing using real-world business examples. They learn about buyer behavior, marketing research principles, demand analysis, distribution, pricing, and product management.
This course helps students understand the scope of marketing and the importance of marketing in our economy. Changes and trends in the consumer goods market of the United States and foreign markets are covered. Consumer behavior is examined as well as retailing and wholesaling structures.
This is a year long course that requires selection of both semesters: S1 and S2 Accounting uses an integrated approach to teach accounting. Students first learn how businesses plan for and evaluate their operating, financing and investing decisions and study how accounting systems gather and provide data to internal and external decision makers. This year-long course will include all of the learning targets of a traditional college level financial accounting course, plus those from a managerial accounting course. Topics include an introduction to accounting, accounting information systems, time value of money, and accounting for merchandising firms, sales and receivables, fixed assets, debt and equity. Other topics include statement of cash flows, financial ratios, cost-volume profit analysis and variance analysis.
- Research events of unethical accountancy activities and possible consequences to individuals and the economy
- Complete all steps of the accounting cycle
- Perform accounting procedures using spreadsheet software
- Analyze accounting concepts in inventory
- Record depreciation of plant assets
- Compute depletion and journal entry for depletion
- Perform notes payable and notes receivable activities
- Prepare payroll entries
- Implement accounting for partnerships and for corporations
- Analyze financial data
Payroll and Income Tax Accounting is a year long course that requires selection of both semesters: S1 and S2. Students will acquire basic knowledge in processing payroll and preparing income tax returns. Students will be working with tax tables and forms and learn how to determine gross and net earnings of an employee. Deductions for social security, Medicare, federal and state income taxes will be computed. Students will also be able to determine the employer’s liability for payroll taxes including unemployment and workers’ compensation premiums. Electronic software will be utilized to input and run a company’s payroll for one quarter along with manual preparation of federal tax forms. Students will prepare personal and state income tax returns and have the opportunity to complete income tax returns for the public and gain community service hours through a VITA site.
- Describe methods used to determine gross earnings (e.g., piece-rate, hourly, salary, commission, overtime, bonuses)
- Explain the purposes of withholding’s and other deductions
- Maintain employee earnings records
- Generate payroll checks
- Prepare employer payroll tax returns, sales tax returns, and individual tax returns
- Learn and improve speed using 10-key calculator
- Use spreadsheet software to compute calculations
PC Hardware and Software is a hands-on, career-oriented e-learning solution course with an emphasis on practical experience to help students develop fundamental computer skills and essential career skills. The course provides a comprehensive introduction to the IT industry and interactive, hands-on exposure to personal computers, hardware, software, and operating systems. Students will develop a working knowledge of how computers operate, how to assemble computers, and how to troubleshoot hardware and software issues. Hands-on labs and virtual learning tools will assist students to develop critical thinking and complex-problem solving skills.
- Describe a computer system and identify key components
- Demonstrate safe tool and material use in the lab
- Assemble a computer
- Demonstrate preventative maintenance and troubleshooting
- Explain the purpose of an operating system
- Examine the fundamentals of laptops and portable devices
- Describe the types of printers currently available
- Explain the principles of networking
- Explore the fundamentals of security
Learn how to produce quality business applications and documents using Adobe InDesign, scanners, digital cameras, photo editing software, clip art, and draw/paint software. Students will produce “”real world”” documents that communicate effectively and that are visually appealing.
- Explore careers in desktop publishing, multimedia, and Web site design fields
- Apply principles of design, layout, and typography appropriate for a project
- Enhance the appearance of a project
- Create a variety of desktop-published documents
- Critique a project to determine whether it meets the designated guidelines
- Create an advanced web site, using Web site design software and/or web programming language
- Explain or demonstrate publishing, updating, and maintaining a web site
- Critique a web site according to accepted web site design principles
- Examine new and emerging trends in web site design
- Incorporate Search Engine Optimization (SEO) in a web site
- Identify the basic components of an e-commerce web site
Students will be provided with opportunities to design and develop a business from concept to creations. This course is designed for students who wish to concentrate on strategies for career development through ownership/management of their own business. Emphasis will be placed on planning, organizing, developing, and managing the daily operations of a business. Specifically, students will develop competencies in decision-making, long-range planning, effective communication, accountability, and responsibility. Although individual skills are emphasized, the focus of the course is on development of a business plan, including the following: determination of the type of business enterprise, legal considerations, location selection, financing, steps in getting the enterprise started, marketing strategy, and interaction with successful entrepreneurs.
- Identify basic micro and macro economic concepts (i.e., supply and demand, leading economic indicators, business cycle, and economic cycle) and demonstrate their relationship to business operations
- Describe management roles, functions, skills, and values
- Interpret basic financial statements (cash flow, income statement, and balance sheet) and relate financial information to business decisions
- Review legal issues (e.g., harassment, employee rights, privacy, drug testing, labor disputes, discrimination, and substance abuse) and assess the potential
- Compose a complete business plan for a new start up opportunity
The course has five main themes: Planning Personal Finances, Banking and Credit, Investing Financial Resources, Protecting Your Finances, and Business Finance Basics. Students will create a personal budget and learn how to use it. Students will learn how to file a 1040EZ tax form. Students will compare advantages and disadvantages of renting vs. buying a house. Students will compare the advantages and disadvantages of leasing vs. buying an automobile. Students will learn about home, automobile, health, disability, and life insurance. Students will evaluate savings and investment options to meet short-and long-term goals. Students will analyze factors that affect the choice of credit, the cost of credit, and the legal aspects of using credit.
- Manage money effectively by developing financial goals and budgets
- Make responsible consumer decisions using available resources
- Assess advantages and disadvantages of credit and debt management
- Evaluate services provided by financial institutions and maintain related accounts
- Recommend plans for future financial security by comparing long-term saving and investing options
- Analyze and balance risk against benefits regarding the role of insurance in financial planning
- Develop the skills needed to achieve desired financial growth while analyzing the relationship between education, income, career, and desired lifestyle
This one or two year program is designed for students interested in business, finance, accounting, banking, and/or insurance careers. Work sites for YA Finance Youth Apprenticeship can be chosen from any type of business with an accounting department; financial service institutions such as banks, credit unions, lending firms; and insurance companies. Application to the program must be made by the end of your sophomore year in high school.