• HHS Department of Business and Computer Technology

    Business, Management, Marketing, and Technology Career Pathway

    Career Pathway Overview

    The careers in the Business, Management, Marketing, and Technology pathway are related to the business environment. The many fields in this pathway include careers in accounting, managerial administration, business ownership, economics, personnel, computer/information systems, advertising, graphic design, web design, marketing, sales, and finance.

    52.0299 Business Administration Management and Operations

    This program focuses on planning, organizing, directing, and implementing the functions and processes of contemporary businesses and organizations. Specific components include: essential business skills, essential employment skills, Microsoft Excel, professional development, Microsoft Access, information management, entrepreneurship, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Publisher, financial analysis & economics, operations and business processes, business law and strategic management.

    Essential Business Skills A (One Quarter)

    Essential Business Skills is designed for FRESHMEN and SOPHOMORES to improve keyboarding skill and reinforce students’ knowledge of computer applications required in all academic areas. This course will feature basic uses of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

    Essential Employment Skills B (One Quarter)

    Essential Employment Skills is designed for FRESHMEN and SOPHOMORES to update their EDP, work on Career Cruising, develop a resume & cover letter, begin creating their high school portfolio, and work on career development.

    Information Processing  (One Quarter)

    Information Processing is designed for sophomores, juniors, and/or seniors.  Students will gain advanced skills using Microsoft Word. They will also gain the skills necessary to manage information in digital form. (Prerequisite: Essential Business Skills) *Specifically recommended for students who are members of BPA.

    Excel & Access  (One Quarter)

    Financial Analysis is designed for sophomores, juniors, and/or seniors.  Students will gain advanced skills using Microsoft Excel and Access. (Prerequisite: Essential Business Skills) *Specifically recommended for students who are members of BPA.

    Business Leadership & Teamwork (Two Quarters)

    Business Leadership & Teamwork is designed for sophomores, juniors, and/or seniors. Students will update all of their career development and plan for a professional career.   Advanced projects and skills using Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. (Prerequisite: Essential Business Skills) *Specifically recommended for students who are members of BPA.

    Entrepreneurship (Two Quarters)

    Small business management blends entrepreneurial goals with a realistic survey of the wide variety of functional business skills needed to operation a small firm effectively.  The course will focus on skills such as marketing, financial management, and business planning, as well as a clearer view of small business’s contribution to the national economy. Students will improve their problem-solving abilities through experiential exercises, classroom discussion, real-world experience and the completion of a partial business plan by course’s end. Course open to Juniors and Seniors (Sophomores with permission) and preference will be given to members of BPA.

    Financial Analysis & Economics (One Quarter) **Counts for Senior Math

    Financial Analysis is designed for seniors to complete their fourth year math credit.  This course should be taken in conjunction with “Weighing the Odds:  Sharpening your Intuition.”  Students will gain skills in saving money, investing, wealth building, college savings, dangers of debt, consumer awareness, budgeting, insurance, mortgages and much more.

    Administrative Assistant (1-2 Quarters) Prerequisites: Information Processing, Professional Development, Microsoft Applications & Financial Analysis

    This two-quarter class is designed for juniors and seniors who have already completed the above courses. The student will learn about business and have actual secretarial work experience.  Students can choose from the Athletic Office or the Principal’s Office.  This course is designed to train students to fulfill the responsibilities of secretaries and/or office assistants including but not limited to:  document processing, office procedures and records management. 


    52.0800 Finance and Financial Management Services

    Program focuses on planning, managing, and providing banking, investment, financial planning and insurance services. Specific components include financial theories, demonstrating business expertise, and applying technology in the real world of finance.

    Accounting I  (2 Quarters) **Counts for Senior Math

    This course, open to juniors and seniors, is designed to integrate and apply both manual and automated accounting procedures to the understanding of accounting concepts, principles, and practices.  This course also introduces Personal Finance to help students understand the impact of individual choices on occupational goals and future earnings potential. Real world topics covered will include income, money management, spending and credit, as well as saving and investing. Students will design personal and household budgets; simulate use of checking and saving accounts; demonstrate knowledge of finance, debt, and credit management; and evaluate and understand insurance and taxes. This is a two-quarter class that should be taken after completing an introductory computer class.  This course is a must for college-bound students considering a course of study related to business.

    Accounting II  (2 Quarters) **Counts for Senior Math

    This course, open to juniors and seniors (who have completed Accounting I), is designed to give students proficiency in automated systems and advanced applications that require greater analysis and decision-making.

    11.0801 Information Technology

    This program focuses on the design, development, support, and management of hardware, software, multimedia, and systems integration services. Specific components include: project management, legal & ethical standards, design & safety standards, graphic design, customer service & planning, digital communication, development tools, web design, development, & administration, multimedia production, and technical support.

    Graphic Design (One Credit)

    A one quarter course recommended for sophomores, juniors & seniors.  This course will include the study of images, graphic arts, desktop publishing, multimedia-integrated applications and communications using Adobe Photoshop.  Students will also be introduced to legal, ethical, design & safety standards. 

    Web Design (One Credit)

    A one quarter course recommended for sophomores, juniors & seniors. This course prepares individuals to apply HTML, graphics applications, and other authoring tools to the design, editing, and publishing (launching) of documents, images, graphics, sound, and multimedia products on the World Wide Web. Includes instruction in internet theory, web page standards and policies, elements of web page design using HTML and Dreamweaver, search engines, navigation, e-commerce tools, and emerging web technologies. (Prerequisite: Successful completion of Graphic Design)

    Digital Communication (One Credit)

    A one quarter course recommended for sophomores, juniors & seniors.  You’ve already  learned the basics of graphic and web design so take it one step further with Digital Communication. You’ll create computer animation, build sophisticated websites, and put together DVDs. (Prerequisite: Successful completion of  Graphic Design and Web Design)

    Multimedia Production (One Credit)

    A one quarter course recommended for sophomores, juniors & seniors. The prefix multi means “many” -- and as a student of multimedia, you’ll have a chance to master far more forms of digital media than you might have imagined. You’ll use graphic design, web design, and digital communications to create fabulous multimedia DVDs. And that’s not all: you’ll also study the business of multimedia, including marketing, law, and distribution. There’s a lot to learn, but digital-media specialists are in demand in nearly every corner of the business world. (Prerequisite: Successful completion of  Graphic Design and Web Design and Digital Communication)

    Project Management (Two Credits)

    (Prerequisite: Successful completion of Graphic Design.  Course is open to juniors and seniors only and limited to 24 students.)  Project management is the emphasis of this course.  Students will use graphic design skills (combining text, graphics, and photographs) to create the high school yearbook and school newspaper.  They will also gain valuable business experience by selling advertising, working with customers and creating and selling a product on-time and within budget.

    Computer Specialist (One or Two Credits Available)

    The computer specialist class is an independent study (on a limited basis per quarter) course emphasizing advanced skills in Graphic Design using Adobe Photoshop.  Instructor & Counselor Approval Required to take this course.

    Computer Intern (One or Two Credits Available)

    The computer intern class is an independent study (on a limited basis per quarter) course is designed to provide students with technical skills related to creating web sites and multimedia projects for local businesses.  Instructor & Counselor Approval Required to take this course.



    Our Pledge
    We are met in a spirit of friendship and goodwill as we prepare for productive lives in business and office careers. We work together to develop professionalism and leadership through Business Professionals of America and pledge our loyalty to our nation.

    The mission of Business Professionals of America is to contribute to the preparation of a world-class workforce through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic, and technological skills.

    Business Professionals of America is a co-curricular activity that is part of an education program designed to develop leadership abilities, competency in business occupations and interest in the American business system.

    The Business Professionals of America name has significant meaning: Business - the field for which we prepare our students, emphasizes that we educate our members to work efficiently, not only in an office setting, but also in a wide variety of business situations. Professional - our students indicate they join to take advantage of a wide variety of professional development opportunities. Of America - symbolizes pride in our country and its free enterprise system.

    Business Professionals of America's colors are navy blue, tan and red. The navy blue signifies the success achieved through leadership and professionalism. Tan represents the bountiful fields of opportunity in America. The red symbolizes the friendship obtained through devotion and teamwork in our organization.

    The Business Professionals of America emblem has profound and significant meaning. The four points of the shield stand for ambition, leadership, sociability and poise. The shield itself stands for honor and dignity and the importance of business in America. The stripes represent direction and the bar represents the service provided by employees in business occupations. The quill and inkwell represent the stability of business occupations through the ages and the torch represents worthy goals.

    Business Professionals of America's members participate in activities at the local, regional, state, and national levels. They are guided in their activities through the Chapter Management Reference Manual.

    It is the policy of Business Professionals of America-Michigan Association that no person shall, on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination during any program or activity or in employment.

    The HHS Business Professionals of America Club meets every Monday during lunch.  They compete each January at regionals, each March for state and each May for nationals.  Please check out the school web site (http://www.hillsdaleschools.org) to see past winners.  The club is co-advised by Mindy Eggleston and Jenny Duff.