Intro to Business and Tech
Introduction to Business & Technology is the foundational course for the Financial Services pathway, and Entrepreneurship pathway. The course is designed for high school students as a gateway to the career pathways above, and provides an overview of business and technology skills required for today's business environment. Knowledge of business principles, the impact of financial decisions, and technology proficiencies demanded by business combine to establish the elements of this course. Emphasis is placed on developing proficient fundamental computer skills required for all career pathways. Students will learn essentials for working in a business environment, managing a business, and owning a business. The intention of this course is to prepare students to be successful both personally and professionally in an information-based society. Students will not only understand the concepts, but apply their knowledge to situations and defend their actions/decisions/choices through the knowledge and skills acquired in this course. Employability skills are integrated into activities, tasks, and projects throughout the course standards to demonstrate the skills required by business and industry. Competencies in the co-curricular student organization, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), are integral components of both the employability skills standards and content standards for this course. Various forms of technologies will be highlighted to expose students to the emerging technologies impacting the business world. Professional communication skills and practices, problem-solving, ethical and legal issues, and the impact of effective presentation skills are taught in this course as a foundational knowledge to prepare students to be college and career ready. Introduction to Business & Technology is a course that is appropriate for all high school students.
Demonstrate employability skills required by business and industry.
Apply technology as a tool to increase productivity to create, edit, and publish industry appropriate documents.
Master word processing software to create, edit, and publish professional-appearing business documents.
Analyze and integrate leadership skills and management functions within the business environment.
Demonstrate understanding of the concept of marketing and its importance to business ownership.
Use professional oral, written, and digital communication skills to create, express, and interpret information and ideas.
Demonstrate an understanding of entrepreneurship through recognizing a business opportunity, how to start a business based on the recognized opportunity, and basics of how to operate and maintain that business.
Understand, interpret, and use accounting principles to make financial decisions.
Develop effective money management strategies and understand the role and functions of financial institutions.
Research and interpret the various risks involved in operating a business while determining the role of insurance for a business.
Examine basic human resources and the legal aspects of a business while incorporating the methods into business practices.
Explore how related student organizations are integral parts of career and technology education courses through leadership development, school and community service projects, entrepreneurship development, and competitive events.