JHS Business Department


Why take Business Education or information technology classes? Business Education courses add new dimensions to learning: hands-on in addition to eyes-on. Many students learn better that way. A business course relates academic subjects to the real world and shows how reading and math can be applied in "real world" situations. Self-confidence, self-awareness, good work habits, problem solving, critical thinking, punctuality, reliability, teamwork, and leadership are learned in Business Education classes. Students will explore career interests and learn applications that will be used for a lifetime. Students must take ½ credit in a computer literacy course. Courses that meet this requirement are denoted in the list. *Some information provided by www.nbea.org

WORD PROCESSING - Meets 9–12 Requirement - 1/2 credit

Prerequisite: None.
Are you ready to create professional looking documents for your teachers? You will begin with a foundation of the basics skills needed to prepare an assortment of business documents using Microsoft Word. We will also explore other application software such as PowerPoint. You will select and apply software to common tasks. Students will also learn about internet safety and ethics through the I SAFE program. This course is for students who have not taken Word Processing previously.

COMPUTER APPLICATIONS - Meets 9–12 Requirement - 1/2 credit

Prerequisite: None, Recommended MS or HS Word Processing
This is a practical course that trains students to use a wide range of computer applications programs.
Students will practice using Word, Excel and Publisher. The course will familiarize students with
computers and their applications. Students will apply skills that will be used throughout high school,
college, and future careers.

WEB PAGE & GRAPHIC DESIGN - Meets 9–12 Requirement - 1/2 credit

Prerequisite: None, Recommended Word Processing/Computer applications
Students will plan and design personal web pages using Wordpress and Adobe dream weaver software. Throughout the course, the students will also learn to take digital pictures, edit those images and manipulate them to create various graphic designs using Adobe Photo Shop. Students will learn to incorporate their graphic designs into the web pages they create and maintain. We will also explore various careers that involve web and graphic design. This class is the stepping stone for you being a webmaster in Web Page and Graphic Design 2.

WEB PAGE & GRAPHIC DESIGN 2 - Elective 9–12 - 1/2 credit

Prerequisite: Web Page and Graphic Design
Are you ready to take on the role of WEBMASTER? During this course you apply all of your skills from Web Page and Graphic Design and much more. You will act as the webmaster for assigned pages on the high school web, which will include the design, creation, maintenance and publishing of your pages. You will develop strong communication skills while interviewing and obtaining information from a variety of sources to keep our website up-to-date. Throughout the course, you will also be diving into some advanced features of web design, Photoshop and much more.

PROGRAMMING - Elective 10–12 - 1/2 credit

Prerequisite: Word Processing, Computer Applications or Web Design
Programming is a semester course designed to provide the student with basic programming concepts that can be transferred to other programming languages. Foundational concepts and fundamentals of computer programming are explored and students are provided with opportunities to increase their communication, teamwork, and critical thinking skills. Languages used will include HTML, JavaScript, and Visual Basic. This is an upper level class.

ACCOUNTING 1 and 2 - Elective 9–12 - 1 credit

Prerequisite: None, Algebra recommended
A study of topics in financial accounting including: the accounting cycle forms of business organizations, assets, liabilities, owner’s equity, and financial statement preparation and analysis. Students will work with an online automated accounting system and complete a business simulation. This is a vital course for any student who desires to gain a better understanding of how businesses function and maintain accurate records of their operations.

ACCOUNTING 3 and 4 - Elective 10–12 - 1 credit

Prerequisite: Accounting 1 & 2
This course is designed to meet the needs of students interested in entry-level jobs in accounting and/ or business or who are interested in furthering their study in a post secondary school. Students will perform daily activities and end-of-fiscal period work for a departmental merchandising business organized as a corporation. An automated simulation on a corporation and a manufacturing cost for a business simulation will also be included.

PERSONAL FINANCE - Required 11–12 - 1/2 credit

Prerequisite: None
Get ready for the “Real World”! This class will provide you with a strong foundation of personal finance skills to help you become effective citizens. You will learn the responsibilities and realities of acquiring, handling, and spending money and the legal responsibilities that go along with each of these. We will sharpen your ability to manage your own finances and make you aware of some of the inducements and temptations you will face as you choose how to manage your money. Units covered are Financial planning, Budget, Credit, Banking, Investment, Insurance, Careers and living on your own.

MULTIMEDIA I - Meets 9–12 Requirement-1/2 credit

Prerequisite: None, Computer Applications, or Word Processing recommended
Students will utilize multimedia software to create images, logos, backgrounds, and navigation tools
for digital display in multimedia and internet applications. Students will learn the basics of digital and
audio/video editing, how to create digital animations and create basic multimedia applications.

MULTIMEDIA II- Elective -1/2 credit

Prerequisite: Multimedia I, Web Design I
Students will utilize multimedia skills to enhance school and community communications. Students
apply digital and audio/video editing to school wide projects and utilize more sophisticated tools in
graphics design and production. Students must be able to demonstrate a professional attitude and ability
to work independently and in groups.

Business Department Faculty

Pictured Front L to R: Michelle Reed, JR Wilson, and Allison Mack