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Intro to CTE (Career and Technical Education)

9th grade - .5 Practical Art credit

This course will be an introduction to career and technical education programs. Students will be exposed to computer science, health science, machining and manufacturing, agriculture, engineering, carpentry, criminal justice, and family and consumer sciences. This broad introduction class will help students find a program that perhaps they may choose as a career choice after high school.

ELL Intro to CTE (Career and Technical Education)

9th-12th grade - 1 Practical Art credit, Full year

This course will be an introduction to career and technical education programs. Students will be exposed to computer science, health science, machining and manufacturing, agriculture, engineering, carpentry, criminal justice, and family and consumer sciences. This broad introduction class will help students find a program that perhaps they may choose as a career choice after high school.

Business Computers

9th, 10th Grade – ½ Practical Art credit

This course is required for students going into the Business pathway and is a prerequisite for all upper-level Business classes. Students will learn to enhance their computer software skills and get prepared for a wide variety of careers. Students will learn the basics of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, which will enable them to work more effectively and productively in their other high school classes as well as in the workforce. This course is an excellent preparatory class for any career cluster or major in college. 

EL Business Computers (1 & 2)

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grade – ½ Practical Art credit each

This course provides the required Computer Applications credit for Limited English Proficient (LEP) students. Students will learn to enhance their computer software skills and get prepared for a wide variety of careers. Students will learn the basics of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, which will enable them to work more effectively and productively in their other high school classes as well as in the workforce.  

Introduction to Business

9th, 10th Grade – ½ Practical Art credit

An interactive exploratory course into a variety of business topics including marketing, management, financial management , human resources, and business ownership.  This class will provide a foundation for future business courses and prepare students to be wage earners, consumers, and to make business and economic decisions. 

Business Communication

10th, 11th Grade – ½ Practical Art credit

Prerequisite: Business Computers 

This course will enhance students’ ability to effectively communicate in both the professional and educational setting. Hands on application using technology to develop oral communication skills such as making presentations, giving instructions, interviewing and making reports in an effective manner is reinforced in this course. Current topics, such as the proper use and management of social media, will be included.

Advanced Computer Applications (Crowder Dual Credit Option)

11th, 12th Grade – ½ Practical Art credit

Prerequisite: Business Computers with an 80% or higher

Students who elect to take the class for dual credit will earn 3 credit hours. The Crowder course title is BSAD 125 - Computer Applications. The optional college course fee is currently $60 per credit hour (subject to change yearly).

This course is an advanced study in word processing, spreadsheet, and database activities. Students will utilize and integrate Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access. Excel will be used to build, format, and enhance worksheets and charts. Students will use Access to create, edit, and query databases. Juniors and seniors may receive dual credit for this course through Crowder. It will replace a mandatory freshman course at most colleges. This course is an excellent complementary elective for any career cluster or major.

Business Leadership

11th, 12th Grade – 1 Practical Art credit

Prerequisite: Business Computers, Successful completion of at least one full credit of Business classes and previous involvement in FBLA or with special permission from the instructor.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of at least one full credit of Business classes and previous involvement in FBLA and/or approved application.
This course is project-based. Students will work on several FBLA projects throughout the year. Students will practice various multimedia skills and work to enhance their team leadership skills. Students will develop a portfolio, which will include all projects completed in this course. This course is an excellent complementary elective for any career cluster or major.
Graphic Design

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grade – ½ Practical Art credit

Prerequisite: Business Computers

This course is designed for the student interested in working with graphics and want to learn photo enhancing skills. Students are instructed in the fundamental features of Publisher and Adobe Photoshop. They will utilize both programs to edit, design photos, and graphics; learn basic computer operations; digital scanning; preparing various documents for output; and apply desktop publishing rules and techniques. Students will create a variety of projects that will be used by FBLA.

Web Page Design

10th, 11th, 12th Grade – ½ Practical Art credit

Prerequisite: Business Computers with a “C” average or above

This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to design, implement, and maintain a website. Students create web pages using Dreamweaver, and HTML. The course curriculum includes creating web pages and maintaining existing pages for our school’s website. Web Page Design provides content for knowledge and skills required in the technology-based workplace and is an excellent complementary elective for any career cluster or major.

Personal Finance
10th, 11th, 12th Grade – 1/2 Practical Art credit and required for graduation.
This course allows students to solve real-life problems as related to business, personal and financial matters. Topics include consumerism, wages and benefits, money and banking, budgeting, buying insurance and using credit. The course also focuses on formatting documents for individual needs, setting up accounts, balancing a checkbook and writing checks. Dave Ramsey’s curriculum and workbook are included in the course.
EL Personal Finance

10th, 11th, 12th Grade – 1/2 Practical Art credit and required for graduation.

This course provides the required Personal Finance credit for Limited English Proficient (LEP) students. This course allows students to solve real-life problems as related to business, personal, and financial matters. Topics include consumerism, wages and benefits, money and banking, budgeting, buying insurance, and using credit. The course also focuses on formatting documents for individual needs, setting up accounts, balancing a checkbook, and writing checks. Guest speakers and current videos are included in the course. Personal Finance is in the Business Management & Administration, Finance, Government and Public Administration Clusters of courses identified by the U.S. Department of Education.

Business Law

11th, 12th Grade – ½  Practical Art credit

Prerequisite: Business Computers

Students will explore the laws that affect businesses, consumers, and young adults.  Students study real cases, participate in a mock trial, and apply the law to day-to-day situations. Curriculum includes sources of laws, consumer law, function of civil and criminal courts, criminal and tort law, and contracts. 

Banking and Finance 

11th, 12th Grade – ½  Practical Art credit

Prerequisite: Business Computers

Students will explore topics such as economic, financial, technological, international, social, and ethical aspects of banking and finance. Interactive learning will provide a framework to understand basic terminology and concepts needed to become competent consumers, employees, and entrepreneurs.

Accounting 1

10th, 11th, 12th Grade – 1 Practical Art credit

Prerequisite: Business Computers

This course is designed to help students develop the skills necessary for the highly technical interaction between accounting and business and to develop an understanding of the steps of the accounting cycle. Emphasis will be placed on accounting concepts, principles, and practices utilizing a manual and computerized accounting packets. Accounting 1 is in the Business Management & Administration Cluster and Finance Cluster of courses identified by the U.S. Department of Education.

Accounting 2

11th, 12th Grade – 1 Practical Art credit

Prerequisite: Accounting 1

This course expands the student’s understanding of accounting by practicing managerial accounting and cost accounting for a merchandising and manufacturing business. Students develop competence in using subsidiary ledgers, preparing financial statements, and performing end-of-period procedures. Students will be involved in a job internship in an accounting field. Accounting 2 is in the Business Management & Administration Cluster and Finance Cluster of courses identified by the U.S. Department of Education.

Business Co-Op (BOE)

11th, 12th Grade – 1 or 2 Practical Art credits – Minimum of 10 hours work per week 

Requirements: Application 

This internship option is offered to students who are enrolled in any course within the Business Department. This allows qualified students to be excused from school a portion of the day to work in one of the approved businesses of the Carthage area. Juniors can be excused for one block out of eight, while seniors can be excused each day for one to two blocks. The student intern earns credit toward graduation for both the class and the Co-Op Program. Up to two hours of credit can be earned for the internship, depending on the average number of hours the student works each week.


Office Management 

10th, 11th, 12th Grade – 1 Practical Art credit

Prerequisite: Business Computers with a “C” or above

In this course, students will develop the qualities, knowledge, and skills necessary for working in an administrative office setting. We will look at how individuals in the medical office field perform administrative duties. The content includes the use of technology to develop communication skills, the performance of office procedure tasks, and the production of quality work using advanced features of business software application. In addition, this course provides training or skills in the following areas: medical terminology used in the office, communication skills, ethical responsibilities, telephone procedures, appointment scheduling, filing procedures, mail processing procedures, and professional resume development. Students in this course will have the opportunity sit for the Microsoft Office Specialist certification and the Medical Administrative Assistant Certification.