Business Education

  • Essex High School`s teachers understand the need to prepare students for college, career, and life. In our economically competitive world, students must be equipped with basic business concepts and employment skills. Business Education teachers work to maximize the potential for all students` personal growth. Students have a variety of opportunities within the business course offerings and will find a course to fulfill their needs and interests.

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    ACCOUNTING I
    Course Number: B301       1 Elective Credit      Grades: 10-12   

    This course is designed to teach students the principles of analyzing and recording business transactions manually and using Quickbooks software and Excel. Emphasis is placed on the role accounting plays in the interpretation of the financial condition of a business. This course is recommended for students who appreciate systematic, methodical work and those interested in solving puzzles.  It is appropriate for the job-bound student and is strongly recommended for students who are interested in becoming entrepreneurs or those considering a degree in Business.


    BUSINESS LAW
    Course Number: B303       .5 Elective Credit      Grades: 10-12

    This course is designed for the student who wishes to have a grasp of everyday law and the implications it has on our daily lives with a focus on criminal and civil law and the legal system. A variety of topics to be explored include: Origins of Law, Law Enforcement and the Court System, Contractual Law, Insurance Law and Consumer Law. Several guest speakers enrich the curriculum.  This course is recommended for students who are considering an Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree in Business. 


    COMMUNITY INTERNSHIP
    Course Number: B340       .5 Elective Credit      Grades: 11-12   

    This amazing opportunity offers students the chance to engage in real-life practical work experiences to explore career choices and meet future goals.  Students will participate in in­-class instructional sessions and coursework, then complete a 40-hour unpaid community internship experience at a local organization or business of the student’s choice. This is a wonderful opportunity for the student who has demonstrated a strong interest and motivation to gain valuable work experience in a community setting. An informational interview for placement is required prior to the beginning of the course. 


    ECONOMICS
    Course Number: B315       .5 Elective Credit      Grades: 10-12     

    Today’s world demands an understanding of basic Economic principles and concepts. This course highlights both Macro & Micro Economic topics.  Students will explore questions such as “How are scarce resources allocated?”, “How do incentives play a role in decision making?”, and “What is the role of various institutions?”  This course is recommended for students who are considering an Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree in Business. 


    ENTREPRENEURSHIP
    Course Number: B325       .5 Elective Credit      Grades: 10-12   

    This course explores and prepares students to understand and implement skills necessary to manage businesses in all aspects of product and service selection, production and personnel management, obtaining financing, creating a business plan, evaluating financial reports, international business, and marketing of products and services. This course includes operational strategies in starting a business and franchising. Students will also explore tips on how to interview well and how to hire the right people. This course is recommended for students who are considering an Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree in Business and for students interested in participating in EHS DECA.   


    COMPUTERS AND CAREERS
    Course Number: B324       .5 Computer Applications Credit      Grades: 9-12   

    This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to explore a variety of tools by practicing perseverance and flexibility to complete tasks with technology applications.  The student will acquire advanced skills and knowledge in the following areas:

    • Touch typing, formatting business letters, reports, spreadsheets, and tables
    • Professional skills in document formatting, email correspondence, and presentations
    • Learning proper research skills using our library`s resources and Internet sources
    • Exploring career opportunities and the process of making career decisions

    This course provides the student with the minimum computer literacy skills required for graduation. It is highly recommended that upon completion of this course the student acquires more computer skills by taking Critical Technology Skills.


    ADVANCED COMPUTERS AND CAREERS
    Course Number: B211       .5 Computer Applications Credit      Grades: 9-12  

    This course is designed for students who have already mastered the touch typing method and basic computer skills. In this course, students will enhance these skills by exploring advanced features of a variety of tools while practicing perseverance and flexibility to complete tasks with technology applications. The student will acquire advanced skills and knowledge in the following areas:

    • Touch typing, formatting business letters, reports, spreadsheets and tables
    • Professional skills in document formatting, email correspondence, and presentations
    • Learning proper research skills using our library`s resources and Internet sources
    • Exploring career opportunities and the process of making career decisions

    This course provides the student with the minimum computer literacy skills required for graduation. It is highly recommended that upon completion of this course the student acquires more computer skills by taking Critical Technology Skills.


    CRITICAL TECHNOLOGY SKILLS
    Course Number: B201       .5 Elective Credit      Grades: 9-12     

    Today’s computer software is so easy to use that students often don’t realize how much more there is to know that could be helpful in their everyday activities. The important role that computers play in a student’s academic and career efforts demand that the student learns more than just the basics.  Topics that are thoroughly explored: Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and other presentation applications. In this course, students will learn about career opportunities through guest speakers (athletic directors, media, engineers) invited to class, possible related field trips, and career exploration research. The course work will be hands-on and practical to the individual student. 
    Prerequisites:   Computers and Careers or Advanced Computers and Careers