North Warren Business Education Department

Mr. DeCrescenzo - Business Education Teacher (email)

Why take business classes???

Many people—parents, students, and even educators—operate under the erroneous assumption that business education is only for students who expect to graduate and pursue a career in business. The information contained within the business education curriculum is not only valuable for all students in today's world, but also is critical for the success of our country. All students need to have a general understanding of how the American economy operates and the role business plays in the economic well being of this country. Not to mention, the absolute necessity for students to be able to understand and utilize technology in their personal and professional lives.

Recent studies show that 70% of secondary students want to start their own businesses; yet, only about 15% feel that they have the skills and knowledge to do so. Also, it is a well-publicized fact that today's graduates will change CAREERS (not jobs, in the sense of moving to a higher-level position or moving across town to do the same job) at least seven times in their professional job years. This means students need to have the knowledge and skills it takes to become a lifelong learner and to harness the momentum of the business world to their advantage.

Business Course Department descriptions

Accounting I/II ( 1 Credit)

This course is a must for any student thinking about pursuing business in college or as a career. All students majoring in a college business program must take two semesters of accounting and this introductory course will give you a competitive edge. Students will become familiar with the terms and concepts that managers, investors and business owners use to conduct and evaluate business success. Students will develop an understanding of generally accepted accounting principles and how they are applied throughout the accounting process. Major emphasis will be placed on accounting fundamentals as students learn to prepare financial statements, create business reports, and analyze business trends. The case study method, used in many colleges, will be introduced so that students will become comfortable with how accounting information can be utilized to make better business decisions. Guest speakers, projects, business games and competitions will be incorporated into the curriculum.

Business and Personal Law (1 Credit)

This exciting full-year course is filled with practical content that can be applied in the daily life of a student. It will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of business and personal law. Topics include constitutional, statutory, case and administrative laws, laws for minors, civil and criminal law, court jurisdictions, and trial procedures. Contract, consumer, employment, family, property, and cyber laws are also covered. Legal knowledge is applied in a fun and meaningful way through debate, guest speakers, internet research and the mock trial process. Controversial issues and current legal events are highlighted within each unit. Students also have an opportunity to participate in a field trip to the holding center and/or courts.

Career and Financial Management (1/2 Credit)

The purpose of this one-half credit course is to provide students with the opportunity to learn about the features of our economy, explore a variety of careers, learn the skills and competencies needed for success in the workplace. Students will use the career cruising program to help them determine potential paths and goals for their future.

This course is required in a Career and Technical Education (CTE) sequence for those students wishing to substitute the additional two credits of foreign language required for a Regents Diploma with Advanced Distinction

Career Exploration Internship Program (1/2-credit or 1-credit)

A non-paid internship open to all Juniors and Seniors. CEIP provides a link between school and possible careers. The program gives students hands-on experience in a variety of careers so that they can become aware of what it is really like to work in those careers. Students will gain an understanding of the importance of a positive work ethic, timeliness, and good study habits. In addition, they will have an opportunity to improve their teamwork and human relation skills. While interning, students may experience several different work stations with several mentors. Relationships will be developed between the mentor and the student that will possibly result in recommendation for employment, future careers, and/or college. A classroom component is also required.

Entrepreneurship (1/2 Credit)

The Entrepreneurship course is designed to introduce students to the world of small business ownership and management. This course builds students' skills in the knowledge of types of business ownership, legal issues, business finance/start-up costs, business trends, site selection, marketing, pricing strategies and the development of a business plan on the students' product/service of choice. The Entrepreneurship class will develop and/or operate a class business in which they will realistically perform duties in areas such as product planning, financing, human resources, marketing/advertising, selling, and management of product(s). This hands-on course involved students in a variety of activities that will provide them with the skills necessary to be successful in a constantly changing workplace.

****Fashion Marketing (1/2 credit)

This course is designed to show students how apparel and accessories are marketed in the world of fashion merchandising. Students will study the manufacturing process and materials needed in the creation of men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing throughout the history of the apparel market. Textile product development, accessories and fur manufacturing will be explored. Organizing and producing a successful fashion show will be studied and put on.

****Hospitality & Tourism (1/2 Credit)

With greater disposable income and more opportunities for business travel, people are traversing the globe in growing numbers. As a result, the hospitality and tourism industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. This course introduces the hospitality and tourism industry, including hotel and restaurant management, cruise ships, spas, resorts, theme parks, and other areas.

Keyboarding (1/2 Credit)

Students will be using proper keyboarding skills to enter and manipulate text, graphics, and data. They will also develop skills in file management (creating new folders, saving, deleting, etc.), and internet research strategies.

Math of Finance (1 credit)

This full year course is designed for students who have successfully completed Math A Regents and serves as a 3rd year on Math. This class emphasizes economic decisions related to financial management. Students will study a range of financial alternatives and explore financial decision making including calculating future value of money, loan & banking interest, purchasing, and using data to make business management decisions which will help them become more informed consumers, employees and citizens.

****Personal Finance & Investment (1/2 Credit) :

This course will educate students about sound money management skills and the financial planning process. In addition, students will develop positive behaviors that are necessary to attaining financial maturity and achieving a secure future. Students will create a financial plan for their future, learn how to achieve their financial goals, understand the role and importance of good credit, borrowing, financial institutions, and investing.

Sports Marketing (1/2 Credit)

The course outline was developed as a collaborative effort involving business/ marketing education staff from many New York State school districts. This course is designed so students will learn to think like a sports manager and solve problems relating to the sports industry with an emphasis on events planning, scheduling, budgeting, and promotion. Sports theories and philosophies as well as leadership styles will be explored. Topics to be covered include basic management principles, intercollegiate sports, professional sports, press conferences, ethics, and NCAA guidelines. Careers in sports marketing and management will also be discussed. This course will provide students with an understanding of sports as a business.

****21st Century Computer Skills (1 Credit)

This course places emphasis on the use of computer applications: Word processing, spreadsheets, databases, desktop publishing, and multimedia presentations. Assignments and projects will be completed using commercially available computer software such as Microsoft Office. Students will become proficient in the use of the computer and the preparation and proper formatting such as letters, envelopes, and resumes in Microsoft Word. In Microsoft Excel, we will be learning cells, formulas, functions and charts. Student hands-on multimedia presentation strategies and techniques will be performed using Microsoft PowerPoint.