Business Education

General

Introduction to Business I

Do you know what it takes to make wise economic decisions to help you reach your financial goals? Do you have what it takes to create a business? Do you know how to make money work for you? This course is designed to give you an understanding of the American economy and your roles in an ever-changing marketplace. Personal finance units include: checking, money management, credit, saving and investing, insurance and comparison shopping. Other units include: economics, the United States market system, and entrepreneurship. Learn and apply what is needed to live in the real world! 

*This course meets the Consumer Education requirement for graduation.*

Semesters: 1
Level: 9, 10
Credit: 1/2
Prerequisite: None                                                    

ACCOUNTING I-II

Accounting is an essential aspect of every business organization. These courses will give you a basic understanding of accounting principles and procedures used for recording, classifying, and summarizing financial data. You will use the financial terms, forms, records and statements found in the business world. You will perform accounting tasks both on paper and also with the latest accounting software.

Although Accounting I and II are designed to be taken during one academic year, Accounting I will give you a basic foundation for understanding this lucrative career.  Click link to learn more about articulated credit for this course.

Semesters:
Level: 10, 11, 12 
Credit: 1/2 per semester (Articulated Credit) 
Prerequisite: None

Internship in Marketing

This is an individual study course designed for students who wish to do advanced study in marketing. Advanced lab experiences provide opportunities for students to gain additional skills necessary for entry level employment in the marketing industry or advanced study at the post-secondary level. A contract between the instructor and the student spelling out the goals and/or objectives of the course will be kept on file. Instructional units and student activities are directed toward distribution, selling, product-service planning, and promotion.

Semesters: 1-2
Level: 11, 12
Credit: 1/2 per semester 
Prerequisite: Marketing

Marketing

This course takes a hands-on approach to the study of marketing. Utilize the 4 P’s (product, place, price, and promotion) of the marketing mix to actually plan and create a potential business for the local area. Learn what makes the consumer reach for one brand over another. Show your creativity in designing advertisements and sales promotions. Discover what so many professionals know – marketing is an exciting, fun, and challenging career with great rewards. Click link to learn more about Articulated Credit for this course.

Semesters: 1
Level: 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1/2 (Articulated Credit)
Prerequisite: None

Business Law

This course gives an overview of the laws that affect business and society as a whole. What would you do if you were falsely accused of a crime? Is it legal for schools to censor student newspapers?  Students have an opportunity to give their points of view and argue about the application of the law. Current topics regarding criminal law, civil law, contracts and ethics are discussed. At the conclusion of this course, there will be a mock trial where students perform the roles of lawyers, witnesses, judge and jury members.

Semesters: 1
Level: 11, 12 and 10 with approval of division leader.
Credit: 1/2 
Prerequisite: None

Consumer Education

This course gives students an understanding of their role as consumers in our global economy. Students will learn how to make decisions, manage money, comparison shop, bank, budget, save and invest for their future needs and wants. Real world simulations are used in this project-based class.
 

*This course meets the Consumer Education requirement for graduation.*

Duration: 9 weeks
Level: 11, 12
Credit: 1/4
Prerequisite: None  

Honors

HONORS VIRTUAL ENTERPRISES INTERNATIONAL: ENTREPRENEURSHIP

A capstone year-long honors course developed by Virtual Enterprises International that offers an in-school entrepreneurship program and global business simulation that transforms students into business executives and classrooms into office settings.   Open to students that have successfully completed at least two other business courses, VEI: Entrepreneurship empowers and motivates participants to develop a range of academic, business, technology and professional skills that prepares them for success in post-secondary education and employment (source: http://veinternational.org/about/).  This course may be offered in limited capacity and therefore students in grade twelve may be given preference.

Additional Information: Fees may not cover all expenses.  Please contact the Career and Industry Division Leader at your school for details.

*This course is located at Cary-Grove High School and Crystal Lake South.*

Semesters: 2
Level: 11, 12
Credit: 1/2 per semester
Prerequisite: Students must have previously earned a minimum grade of C- or better in two different semester-long business education courses.                             

Honors Business Incubator

A capstone year-long honors course designed to get students excited about real-world entrepreneurship. Students will interact with business experts regularly as they research and develop their own products and companies.  Students will learn about the lean business model, marketing, accounting, human resources and legal aspects associated with running a business.  Similar to the popular television series, Shark Tank, students will present their business ideas to a panel of experts.

This course is located at Prairie Ridge High School and Crystal Lake Central High School

Semesters:
Level: 12
Credit: 1/2 per semester
Prerequisite: Students must have previously earned a minimum grade of C- or better in one different semester-long business education courses or received the approval of the division leader.

Advanced Placement®/Dual Credit

COMPUTER BUSINESS APPLICATIONS I (DUAL CREDIT)

This course gives students an opportunity to learn how to apply computer skills used at school, home and a business environment. It builds upon computer literacy concepts taught earlier in general education classes. Instruction in this course focuses specifically on the use of software packages and hardware that form a core used by a person employed in business, marketing or management occupation. Microsoft Office software is used to create documents for word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentations, web pages, desktop publishing and other related matters. Some students may be able to use this course as a starting point if they are interested in obtaining MOUS (Microsoft Office User Specialist) certification. Click here to learn more about Dual Credit for this course.

*This course meets the Computer requirement for graduation.*

Semesters: 1
Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1/2 (Dual Credit)
Prerequisite: None         

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Contact Us

Matt Timmerman
Director of Curriculum
Email: mtimmerman@d155.org

Michael Manning
Cary-Grove High School
Division Lead
Email: mmanning@d155.org

Bob Hewett
Crystal Lake Central High School
Division Lead
Email: rhewett@d155.org

Michelle Kidd
Crystal Lake South High School
Division Lead
Email: mkidd@d155.org

Bryan Peckhart
Prairie Ridge High School
Division Lead
Email: bpeckhart@d155.org