Business and Information Technology - CTE

Students in the Business Education program will develop an international sense of business, acquire competence in the use of complex technologies while exploring their interests, and master essential skills such as effective communications, teamwork, and an appreciation for continuous learning. Students have an opportunity to participate in the Cooperative Office Education Program and FBLA co-curricular activities to develop employability and leadership skills.

Cooperative Office Education (COE) is a career-preparation work-based learning opportunity which includes supervised on-the-job instruction. Students must be registered for six classes and work in an approved business position for the seventh credit. Cooperative Education requires continuous employment and a minimum of 396 hours of satisfactory on-the-job experience.

Juniors and seniors may participate in the COE (Co-op) program if enrolled in their second occupational course. Occupational courses from which a student may co-op include Accounting; Advanced Accounting; Computer Information Systems; Advanced Computer Information Systems, Business Management; Design, Multimedia and Web Technologies; Advanced Design, Multimedia, and Web Technologies; and Medical Systems Administration.

Additional work-based learning experiences including job shadowing and internships are available as a part of Career and Technical Education courses through an application process. Juniors and seniors who are currently enrolled in CTE courses and who have completed a coherent sequence of CTE courses are eligible. The application process includes student narrative and teacher recommendation. Students participating in the work-based learning experience are required to complete a reflective exercise.

The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is the career and technical education student organization for all individuals enrolled in business courses. The activities of FBLA are an integral part of the business program and are designed to prepare students for leadership and careers in business through business-related education and entrepreneurial skill development, community service and partnerships with the professional sector. 

The Health Occupations Students of American (HOSA) is the organization for students who are enrolled in Medical Systems Administration or Certified Nursing Assistant (DJHC) or who have an interest in pursuing a career in a health care field. The organization features leadership activities in addition to opportunities for state and national level competitive events. 

Industry Certifications: The High School Industry Credentialing initiative encourages students to work toward a selected industry credential or state license while pursuing a high school diploma. The Virginia Department of Education evaluated on an on-going basis industry credentials against prescribed criteria for graduation requirements for the Standard Diploma (8VAC20-131.50) and student-selected verified credit (8VAC20-131-110.C). Credentialing exams are available to any student taking a Career and Technical Education course.

Accounting

63201 (BEG ACCT-NON)
1 Credit
Grades: 10–12

63202 (BEG ACCT-CO)
2 Credits
Grades: 11–12
Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation and any other full-year BIT course


Students acquire the basic principles, concepts and practices of the accounting cycle. Students learn fundamental accounting procedures using a manual and an electronic system.

Advanced Accounting

63211 (ADV ACCT-NON)
1 Credit (Non)
Grades: 11–12 

63212 (ADV ACCT-CO)
2 Credits (Co)
Grades: 11–12
Prerequisite: Accounting


Students gain an in-depth knowledge of accounting procedures and techniques utilized in solving business problems and making financial solutions. Students use the calculator, computer and accounting software with emphasis on electronic spreadsheets to analyze and interpret business applications.

Medical Systems Administration

67301 (MEDSYS-NON)
1 Credit (Non)
Grades: 11–12

67302 (MEDSYS-CO)
2 Credits (Co)
Grades: 11–12
Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation and any other full-year BIT course


Students wishing to gain employment in healthcare may take this course to learn how to function effectively in a healthcare environment. Along with medical terminology and basic human anatomy and physiology, units of instruction will include customer service activities, managing office activities, legal and medical/business ethics and employability skills. Medical practice simulation software will be used to introduce computerized account management activities. Students will be exposed to real-world situations during the year from representatives from the business community and through field trips.

Computer Information Systems

66121 (CIS I-NON)
1 Credit
Grades: 9–12

66122 (CIS I-CO)
2 Credits
Grades: 11–12
Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation and any other full-year BIT course 


Students are introduced to a Windows environment through the use of Microsoft®, which includes word processing, spreadsheets, databases and presentations. Students apply problem-solving skills to complete integrated activities on the computer. Learning to communicate effectively using real-world business scenarios is emphasized. Students gain knowledge and skills necessary for passing various industry certification exams. Student leadership skills may be enhanced by participation in school-based or virtual enterprises, job shadowing, internships, cooperative education, and/or the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA).

Advanced Computer Information Systems

66131 (CIS II-NON)
1 Credit
Grades: 10–12

66132 (CIS II-CO)
2 Credits
Grades: 11–12
Prerequisite: CIS I


Students apply problem-solving skills to practical situations through advanced integrated software applications. Mastery of advanced features and functions of word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentations stressed. Students perform desktop publishing functions. Students learn limited programming skills using Visual Basic and the basics of web page design. Using advanced features of Microsoft Office, students are equipped to synthesize information to design and communicate real-world business scenarios. Students gain the knowledge and skills necessary for passing expert-level industry certifications.Student leadership skills may be enhanced by participation in school-based or virtual enterprises, job shadowing, internships, cooperative education, and/or the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA).

Cybersecurity Fundamentals

6302 (CYBER FUND-NON)
1 Credit
Grades: 9–12

63022 (CYBER FUND-CO)
2 Credits
Grades: 11–12


Cybersecurity affects every individual, organization, and nation. This course focuses on the evolving and all-pervasive technological environment with an emphasis on securing personal, organizational, and national information. Students will be introduced to the principles of cybersecurity, explore emerging technologies, examine threats and protective measures, and investigate the diverse high-skill, high-wage, and high-demand career opportunities in the field of cybersecurity.

Web Technologies and Gaming

66301 (WB TCH-NON)
1 Credit
Grades: 10–12

66302 (WB TCH-CO)
2 Credits
Grades: 11–12
Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation and any other full-year BIT course


Using various applications, students will develop and incorporate multimedia elements into Websites, video games and animations. Typical course topics are HTML 5 & CSS, Adobe Photoshop, Gamemaker Studio and Scratch. This course is a good introduction to computer science fundamentals. Students can also participate in student organization activities and gain knowledge needed for various industry Certification tests.

Advanced Web Technologies and Gaming

66311 (ADVWB TC-NON)
1 Credit
Grades: 11–12

66312 (ADVWB TC-CO)
2 Credits
Grades: 11–12
Prerequisite: Web Technologies and Gaming


Using various applications, students will develop and incorporate multimedia elements into Websites, video games and animations. Typical course topics are advanced HTML 5 & CSS, Adobe Dreamweaver, Gamemaker Studio PHP Web Programming and Scratch. This course will continue basic computer science fundamentals. Students can also participate in student organization activities and gain knowledge needed for various Industry Certification tests.

Database Design and Management (Oracle)

66601 (DATABASE DSN-NON)
1 Credit
Grades: 10-12
Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation and any other full-year BIT course

66602 (DATABASE DSN-CO)
2 Credits
Grades: 11-12
Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation and any other full-year BIT course

This course includes database design and Structured Query Language (SQL) programming. Students study database fundamentals, including database development, modeling, design, and normalization. In addition, students are introduced to database programming. Students gain the skills and knowledge needed to use features of database software and programming to manage and control access to data. Students will prepare for the first of two certification exams.

Business Management

61351 (BUS MGT-NON)
1 Credit
Grades: 10–12

61352 (BUS MGT-CO)
2 Credits
Grades: 11–12
Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation and any other full-year BIT course


Students study basic management concepts and leadership styles as they explore business ownership, planning, operations, marketing, finance, economics, communications, the global marketplace, and human relations. Quality concepts, project management, problem solving, and ethical decision making are an integral part of the course. Student leadership skills may be enhanced by participation in school-based or virtual enterprises, job shadowing, internships, cooperative education, and/or the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA).

Business Law

6132 (BUS LAW) 
½ Credit
Grades: 10–12

Students examine the foundations of the American legal system. They explore economic and social concepts as they relate to legal principles and to business and personal laws.<

Economics and Personal Finance

61201 (ECON/FINANCE-NON)
1 Credit
Grades: 11-12

61202 (ECON/FINANCE-CO)
2 Credits
Grades: 11-12
Prerequisite: One other CTE course


Students learn how to navigate the financial decisions they must face and to make informed decisions related to career exploration, budgeting, banking, credit, insurance, spending, taxes, saving, investing, buying/leasing a vehicle, living independently, and inheritance. Development of financial literacy skills and an understanding of economic principles will provide the basis for responsible citizenship and career success. Instruction in economics and personal finance prepares students to function effectively as consumers, savers, investors, entrepreneurs, and active citizens. Students learn how economies and markets operate and how the United States’ economy is interconnected with the global economy. On a personal level, students learn that their own human capital (knowledge and skills) is their most valuable resource.

Personal Finance

6121 (FINANCE)
½ Credit
Grades: 11–12

Students learn how to navigate the financial decisions they must face and to make informed decisions related to career exploration, budgeting, banking, credit, insurance, spending, taxes, saving, investing, buying/leasing a vehicle, living independently, and inheritance. Development of financial literacy skills and an understanding of economic principles will provide the basis for responsible citizenship and career success. This course, when combined with the Economics (2801) course incorporates all economics and financial literacy objectives included in the Code of Virginia §22.1-200-03B.

Economics

2801 (ECON)
½ Credit
Grades: 11–12

Instruction in economics prepares students to function effectively as consumers, savers, investors, entrepreneurs and active citizens. Students will learn how economies and markets operate and how the economy of the United States is interconnected with the global economy. On a personal level, students will learn that their own human capital (knowledge and skills) is their most valuable resource and that investing in education and training improves the likelihood of their future economic success.