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Program Goals: Students enrolled in the sequence of Business Office Technology courses throughout their high school career will study the information processing concepts necessary to gather, create and analyze data and function in a rapidly changing technological, global society. They will use business related software such as Microsoft. In addition students may take a class in Computer Service Technology to Learn how to repair computers. The Introduction to Office Work and Data Entry courses will be provided for students who excel in typing and are not college-bound. The students will be selected to be on the Web development team and will maintain our school home page. Heavy emphasis is placed on computer applications so the students learn to use a variety of software that is commonly used in the operation of an office. Students investigate the diverse application packages currently used in the industry.
The program emphasizes industry standards, appropriate work habits, leadership opportunities and working cooperatively in groups. Opportunities to develop leadership roles and an emphasis on teamwork are also stressed. Students are encouraged to work in groups to develop work samples and projects. A general overview of careers in office technology is provided to enhance students' knowledge of employment opportunities.
The following courses will be offered during selected semesters:
Business Environment and Telecommunication Systems: This course serves as an introduction to the fast-paced world of telecommunications. It covers the technical aspects of electronic mail, the Internet and the World Wide Web (www).
Course Objectives: To understand the development and structure of business environments and how economic and social change (global competition, downsizing and customer satisfaction) affect businesses; to recognize that these issues are challenging and that employers desire workers who are flexible about taking on new responsibilities in their jobs. Student project: research project using the Internet.
Data Entry -Entry Level: This course is ideal for students who have good typing skills, accuracy and speed.
Course Objectives: To develop knowledge of the different activities involved in merchandise inventory, point of sale, accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll records surveys, registration and/or application.
HTML-Create Your Own Home Page: An introduction to the fundamentals of the Hypertext Markup Language and the development of a basic home page.
Course Objectives: The students will become familiar with the World Web publishing process and related issues. They will be able to develop their skills utilizing hypertext markup language. Students will create their own home page to establish the elements of good Web publishing design.
Course Objectives: To become familiar with the Internet and develop skills in finding and retrieving information. To provide a basis for understanding how the Internet can be used. Internet skills are becoming a necessity at many different work places; this course attempts to start developing those skills.
Introduction to Office Work: An introduction to the fundamentals of office work and the development of basic skills such as typing, filing, using a complex copier, following directions, and performing clerical tasks.
Course Objectives: To become familiar with and skilled at performing a variety of clerical tasks. Ongoing typing practice will promote more effective typing skills, accuracy and speed. Practice operation of the complex copier in the schoolwide Copy Center will assist students in learning to read and follow copier requests. Additional office tasks such as filing, leaving messages, and office etiquette will be emphasized.
Microsoft Excel for Windows: This is a hands-on introductory course in the use of Excel spreadsheet software. The objective of this course is to enable students to design spreadsheets to solve common business problems and to produce simple reports and graphics based on spreadsheet data.
Course Objectives: To identify spreadsheet parts; to use express key combinations, directional keys and edit keys; to learn the function keys, basic charts and database. This course also covers some budget and payroll issues. Student project: to prepare a financial report.
Presentation Graphics: This course will be a hands-on experience and offer a study of presentation graphics in today's modern office.
Course Objectives: To create documents using desktop publishing software (Microsoft Power Point and/or PageMaker); to create business presentations using calculations and pictures created on the computer; to have hands-on experience using laser printers, overhead projection devices, technology videos, and television. Students work with large publications and special printing features. Students give a presentation with visual aids using graphics as part of the project.
School-to-Career : This program offers students a personal learning plan that is a road map to help them select and reach career goals in the business field. The program encourages the student and his/her parents to think about educational requirements for business careers. The program integrates academic and technical curricula which makes learning more relevant to the students. The students’ education is organized around career awareness, career preparation and academic/industry standards. Each pathway includes learning opportunities that prepare the student to enter employment or a technical training program at a community college if they meet the entry level business and/or clerical requirements.