Business Education

Through the Business and Finance program, students will recognize the power of various types of business applications software, and learn when and how to use each one appropriately to produce professional documents used in a business environment.  Along with this the program offers students the opportunity to explore journalism, photo journalism, Webpage Design, App Development, Computer Programming, Game Design, Multimedia (Film Production), and more.  .   In addition, students will gain a working knowledge of the various steps of the accounting cycle, personal finance, and learn manual and computerized systems for business accounting.
Many of these courses can be used to meet the  Fine Arts Requirements and event 3rd Year Math requirements.  
Additionally courses with a  logo allow students to earn FREE college credits.

Please take a few minutes to explore our opportunities below.  

COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY and DIGITOOLS    
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Course Code: BUS205
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Year-Long
Credit: 1 CTE
Prerequisite: None

In this class, students will work on the development of touch-typing speed and skills along with document formatting.  In addition, integrated, thematic projects using presentation, database, spreadsheet, word processing, music editing and some photo editing software will be featured.  This class is geared towards the student who is interested in working with computer- and software-related skills.


PHOTOJOURNALISM I
Course Code: BUS450
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Year-Long
Credit: 1 CTE or Fine Arts Credit*
Prerequisite: None
Required: Materials fee of $20.00 & USB Storage Device

This course is a combination of technical knowledge, artistic presentation, and the practical application of photography skills in a Journalism setting. Students will gain practical experience shooting events for the Spartan Scenes website.  Although most of the coursework will be completed during class, students will be required to attend a couple of events outside of the school day (athletic events, club activities, art/music/drama related events, etc.). Topics include equipment selection, camera operation, lighting, exposure, night photography, and the theory of Black and White photography. Elements of Art (color, composition, and perspective) will be explored. Students will work with industry-standard photo editing software, Photoshop. *Does not meet CADR's requirement
 
PHOTOJOURNALISM II
Course Code: Bus 550
Grade Level: 10,11, 12
Length of Class: Year-Long
Credit: 1 CTE or Fine Arts credit
Prerequisite: Photojournalism I or instructor recommendation
Required: Materials fee of $20.00 & USB Storage Device

Students will further their Photojournalism skills and explore photography and Photoshop in more detail. They should have a strong interest in photography and the ability to work independently. Photojournalism skills and explore photography and Photoshop in more detail. Students will gain practical experience in the industry by shooting events for the Spartan Scenes website. Students will create a photographic portfolio and have the opportunity to create and submit an AP Studio Art project. * Does not meet CADR's requirement

AP COMPUTER SCIENCE
Course Code: BUS480
Grade Level: 10,11, 12
Length of Class: Year-Long
Credit: 1 CTE or Fine Arts credit*
Prerequisite: Geometry

The AP Computer Science class teaches students how to program computers and build applications using the Java language. The course introduces students to computer science with fundamental topics that include problem solving, design strategies and methodologies, organization of date, approaches to processing data, analysis of potential solutions, and the ethical and social implications of computing. This course emphasizes both object oriented and imperative problem solving and design. These techniques represent proven approaches for developing solutions that can scale up from simple problems to large, complex problems. Students who score high enough on the AP test can use this course to earn college credit. * Does not meet CADR's requirement. 

COMPUTER PROGRAMMING AND GAME DESIGN      
Course Code: BUS430
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Year-Long
Credit: 1 CTE or Fine Arts*
Prerequisite: None

This course will serve as an introduction to basic, yet essential, computer programming principles. We will use programs that operate with a drag-and-drop interface that helps students learn quickly by providing graphical representations for complex programming concepts. Students will design several different styles of games while learning important computer programming concepts. *Does not meet CADR's requirement


 MULTIMEDIA I 
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Course Code: BUS360
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Year-Long
Credit: 1 CTE or Fine Arts Credit
Prerequisite: None

Multimedia I course introduces the student to the different aspects of Multimedia/Visual Communications. Units include digital image editing with Photoshop, video production, motion graphics/animation, visual design, and audio production. Students will complete most work during class on the computers, but some video projects will require shooting footage outside of the school day. This course provides relevant experiences and problem-solving skills that can be transferred to the world of work. *Does not meet CADR's requirement
 
MULTIMEDIA II 
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Course Code: BUS460

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Year-Long
Credit: 1 CTE or Fine Arts credit*
Prerequisite: Multimedia I

Multimedia II students will build on the skills developed in Multimedia I. Focus will be on developing a digital portfolio of multimedia projects. Students should be motivated, focused and able to work independently; using problem-solving skills. Most video projects will require shooting footage outside of the school day. *Does not meet CADR's requirement

WEB PAGE DESIGN I 
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Course Code: BUS340
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Year-Long
Credit: 1 CTE or Fine Arts credit
Prerequisite: None

A year-long, project-based curriculum, stressing Digital Design, which teaches the professional web design and development process using Macromedia Web tools. Digital Design develops four key skill areas: Project management and collaboration, design, research and communication, and professional web-authoring tools. Students develop these key skills in a spiral—each project adds more challenging skills onto the foundation proficiencies. This course addresses each of these areas using a project-based approach. Each project has phases that follow the web design process, from project planning to evaluation. To simulate a professional work environment, students gradually transfer their design work from an individual process to a group process. Projects contain activities that require students to evaluate and then redesign and rework their communications. *Does not meet CADR’s requirement

 
 
GENERAL BUSINESS  
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Course Code: BUS225
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit: .5 CTE
Semester Linked with Business Law
Prerequisite: None

In this class, students are given an overview of many business-related principles.  Guest speakers are invited in from the local Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club, and membership in the student business leadership club “Future Business Leaders of America” is strongly  encouraged as a practical means of applying student learning in this course. Visit www.fbla-ppl.org for more information.

BUSINESS LAW 
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Course Code: BUS300
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit: .5 CTE
Semester Linked with General Business
Prerequisite: None

In this class, students are given an overview of our legal system, focusing specifically on legal issues encountered in a business setting.  Issues such as property rights, contract law, legal forms of business ownership, employment law and torts are discussed.   Active Membership in the national student business leadership organization “Future Business Leaders of America” is strongly encouraged as a practical means of applying student learning in this course. Visit www.fbla-ppl.org for more information.

ECONOMICS 
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Course Code: BUS380
Grade Level:  10, 11, 12  
Credit: 1 CTE , CTE Math Equivalency

This course will give the students a greater understanding of economics ranging from the viewpoint of the individual consumer (or small business owner) to the global economy. In this course, students will study issues related to the law of supply and demand, forms of business, labor unions, government finances and influences on the economy, money and prices, inflation and deflation cycles. Students will also focus on the application of mathematics and statistics related to the finance industry including the development, critique and use of various financial models and computation methods.

LEADERSHIP I
Course Code: SSV045
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Year-Long
Credit: 1 CTE
Prerequisite: See Instructor for application
Leadership Class is a place for students who want to make a positive difference at Stanwood High School through projects, events and activities.  All leadership students will be expected to participate in reading and reflecting on several books, related to the principles of leadership.  Learning the “language of leadership” is given the same priority as planning and conducting school-wide projects. Active membership in the national student business leadership organization “Future Business Leaders of America” (FBLA) is strongly encouraged as a practical means of applying student learning in this course. Visit www.fbla-pbl.org for more information.

LEADERSHIP II
Course Code: SSV145
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Year-Long
Credit: 1 CTE
Prerequisite: Leadership and permission of instructor
This course is designed for students who already have an understanding of leadership theory and have demonstrated abilities in leadership; successful completion of Leadership class is required. Students in this course will focus on continued development of leadership capacity and will work specifically on projects that improve the overall school community. Active membership in a student leadership organization, serving in student government (class office, ASB, student senate) are strongly recommended for students in this course. This course will focus on:

  • an increased emphasis on the higher-level thinking skills required to successfully lead individuals and groups
  • a recognition of the role change management plays in today's organizations
  • an appreciation for the importance of ethics and responsibility as a leader, and
  • the necessity of understanding and incorporating global perspectives in leadership theory and practices at Stanwood High School.

Active membership in the national student business leadership organization “Future Business Leaders of America” (FBLA) is strongly encouraged as a practical means of applying student learning in this course. Visit www.fbla-pbl.org for more information.

ACCOUNTING  
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Course Code:  BUS321
Grade Level:  10, 11, 12
Credit:  1 CTE or 3rd Year Math
Accounting prepares individuals to practice the profession of accounting and to perform related business functions. Includes instruction in accounting principles and theory, financial accounting, budget control, tax accounting, legal aspects of accounting, auditing, reporting procedures, statement creation and analysis, and professional standards and ethics. First-year students cover the accounting cycle for businesses, using both sole proprietorships and partnership models. Students perform many accounting transactions using Microsoft Excel software.


PERSONAL FINANCE        
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Course Code:  BUS350

Grade Level: 10 11, 12
Length of Class: Year-Long
Credit: 1 CTE or 3rd Year Math
Prerequisite:  None
This course focuses on student’s roles as a citizen, student, family member, consumer, and active participant in the business world. Discover new ways to maximize earning potential, develop strategies for managing resources, explore skills for wise use of credit, and gain insight into different ways of investing money. Take advantage of proven success strategies – learn all you can about dollars and sense.


TECHNOLOGY ASSISTANT INTERNSHIP (TAI)
Course Code:  TEC599
Grade Level:  9,10, 11, 12
Length of Course:  Year-Long
Pre-Requisite:  Application and Referral, Permission of CTE Director  
This course is designed to establish knowledge and skills in the various arenas of technology.  Students will gain credit by establishing project(s), activities and routines within the Technology Group.  Students will be required to verify their experiences by keeping computerized records. 
Tech Assistant Intern assignments can include:
•working at the Helpdesk with clients to solve their technology problems
•working with Research and Development on new technologies
•working with students, faculty and staff on special technical projects
Students who are eligible can become student Technology Assistant Interns working and learning with the school district’s Technology Group technicians. Students from all academic areas across our campus, who have an interest in technology, and:
  is dependable
  is trustworthy
  demonstrates a willingness to learn, and
  has the capacity to develop excellent customer service skills...
can become a member of the TAI team.