BUSINESS and FINANCE PATHWAY
Our Business and Finance Academy is a project-based business program that develops students' understanding and skills in the areas of personal and business finance, business ownership, marketing, management, and operations. These courses are ideal for students wishing to gain exposure to various careers and opportunities in the business and finance segments of the working world. An understanding of the “business of doing business” is practical knowledge you are certain to use in everyday life.
Classes can be taken individually and in any order, however, students are strongly encouraged to take Personal Finance during their first semester. Personal Finance, Accounting and Business Technology courses qualify for Running Start College Credits through Lakes Region Community College and may also qualify for articulation credits with Southern Maine Community College
In order to be considered program completers, students must complete 3 or more Business Education courses.
Peter Riendeau - Instructor
603-528-8693 ex. 5008
Personal Finance – HTC330
12:30-2:00pm – Fall Semester
During this semester course students will learn the basic understanding of personal financial management. Students study the fundamentals of economics and money systems. Students will use textbooks, online resources, simulations and instructional materials to gain an adult perspective on personal financial planning and decision-making. Students will explore the relationships between earning, budgeting, saving, investing, debt, insurance and retirement as part their own financial life cycle. During the semester, students will explore in depth financial planning for college in order to establish the value proposition inherent in this common first large personal financial decision. Students may elect for an extended version of this course as a Running Start college credit option in conjunction with LRCC, (FIN 180L).
Business Technology Essentials – HTC331
12:30-2:00pm – Spring Semester
This course introduces students to Microsoft Office Business software applications including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. The student will learn to effectively use the different business application software tools essential to success in a business environment. The course will prepare the student to sit for certification and credentialing as a Microsoft Office Specialist thereby demonstrating competency with these essential business technologies.
Accounting and Financial Management – HTC430
10:33-12:03pm – Fall Semester
This course continues the topics introduced in Business I with a focus on financial management. The student is introduced to the procedures necessary to record, classify and summarize basic business transactions. The course will cover the accounting cycle for service and merchandising sole proprietorships, including preparing worksheets and financial statements. The course will involve using Excel spreadsheets to prepare accounting worksheets in preparation of closing activities and financial report generation.
Marketing and Social Media Management – HTC431
10:33-12:03pm – Spring Semester
During this semester-long course, students will develop a basic understanding of Marketing and Social Media Marketing. Students study the principles of Marketing including the “4P’s”. Students will use textbooks, online resources, simulations and instructional materials to gain a perspective on Marketing for Manufacturing, Service and Non-profit businesses with emphasis on 21st century marketing strategies and tactics. During the semester, students will use simulation tools to plan, implement, deploy and measure digital and social media marketing strategies.