Business

Portage High School and Ivy Tech have partnered in a dual credit agreement for students enrolled in Financial Services (Accounting II), Principles of Marketing, Information Communication and Technology, Business Law and Ethics, Principles of Business Management, Introduction to Business, and Computer Programming 1, and Computer Science A, Advanced Placement. Dual credit is also available through IUN for Personal Financial Responsibility at an additional cost of $75. (Fee may be waived if certain requirements are met). Students are required to pass the Accuplacer Test to receive college credit or meet a minimum requirement on the ACT, SAT or PSAT tests. These credits earned are free and are transferable to many Indiana state colleges.

Digital Citizenship I (Digital Communication Tools I--Keyboarding) 1 semester, 1 credit
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Digital Citizenship I prepares students to use computerized devices and software programs to develop personal and professional communications activities after graduation. Students will learn keyboarding and document formatting. After successful completion of this course you should enroll in Digital Citizenship II or Computer Illustrations and Graphics.

Digital Citizenship II (Computer Apps-Word,Excel,Access,Power Point) 1 semester, 1 credit
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: One of the following: Digital Citizenship 1 or Middle School Keyboarding
Digital Citizenship II is a business course that provides instruction in software concepts using Windows 7 operating system and Microsoft Office 2013, which includes word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentations applications. This course will fulfill many of the technology standards adopted not only by the Portage Township Schools, but also national and state standards as well. It is recommended that this class be taken as early as possible in your high school career so the skills can be applied in future classes. Student may enter into the Microsoft IT Academy upon completion of this course with the B or better.

Introduction to Business (Business Foundations), 1 semester, 1 credit 

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Introduction to Business is the initial business course that provides the groundwork for future business courses. This course introduces students to economics, entrepreneurship, management, marketing, risk management, ethics, and law. It provides the student with a basic understanding of the requirements of starting a business. Students will actively participate in projects that will help them understand how to start a business, plan a business, present their plan to gain financing, and ultimately start a business. Note: A workbook is required.
Dual Credit: Three credits available free through Ivy Tech upon completing a passing score on the Accuplacer test or meeting a minimum requirement on the ACT, SAT or PSAT. *Please note that this class does not count towards dual credit for an honors or technical honors diploma.

Computer Illustration and Graphics (Desktop Publishing), 1 semester, 1 credit
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: One of the following: Middle School Keyboarding, Digital Citizenship I or Digital Citizen II
Computer Illustration and Graphics is a business course designed to allow students to develop proficiency in using desktop publishing software to create a variety of printed publications. Students will become graphic designers while using simulations and project-based learning activities enhancing their creativity. Software used includes Microsoft Word 2013, Microsoft Publisher 2013, Movie Maker and AdobeCS6 which includes Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign. Students will use their creativity while learning techniques to market and design documents for businesses such as Frillio's Pizza, a movie theatre, and a cruise ship.

Web Design 1, 1 semester, 1 credit
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Web Design provides instruction in the principles of design. Several web design programs will be utilized as well as Adobe Photoshop. Projects include designs in 5 personal web sites as well as sites for clients outside of our classroom. Students will also become familiar with coding using HTML/XHTML.

Computer Programming 1, 1 semester 1 credit

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Algebra I (C or higher), Keyboarding skills
This is an introduction class for Computer Programming. Students will learn Visual Basic using Visual Studio, which will include algorithm development, flow charting, input/output techniques, looping and modules. Students have an opportunity to apply skills in a laboratory environment, and will provide an overview of computers and logic, design process, GUI, event driven programs, file handing, and arrays.
Dual Credit: Three credits available free through Ivy Tech upon completing a passing score on the Accuplacer test or meeting a minimum requirement on the ACT, SAT or PSAT.

Information Communication and Technology (Microsoft IT Academy) 2 semesters, 2 credits

Grades 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Digital Citizenship II with a C or better is required
Portage High School has entered into an agreement with Microsoft that provides students with real world technology skills through digital curriculum and certifications. The IT Academy consists of web-based modules and instructions, which allow students to learn Microsoft computer programs such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access at their own pace. Students will have access to Microsoft & e-Reference Library of more than 500 Microsoft Press books and Microsoft Digital Literacy program. The Microsoft IT Academy allows students to achieve a greater mastery of productivity and technological skills that are validated through certifications through Certiport.
Dual Credit: Up to twelve credit hours may be available free through Ivy Tech upon completing a passing score on the Accuplacer test or meeting a minimum requirement on the ACT, SAT or PSAT and passing the Microsoft certification tests.

Accounting I, 2 semesters, 2 credits
Grades 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Sophomores are required to have a GPA of a B or better
Accounting is a basic requirement of any business curriculum. Your enrollment in Accounting I now will give you a competitive edge in college accounting. This course teaches, step by step, the basic principles, procedures, and terminology of double-entry accounting. Accounting requires a workbook and practice set. Many of the assignments will require time outside of class.

Business and Law and Ethics, 2 semesters, 2 credits

Grades 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: An academic GPA of C or better is required
Business Law and Ethics provides an overview of the legal system. Topics covered include: Basics of the Law, Contract Law, Employment Law, Personal law, and Property Law.Both criminal and civil trial procedures are presented. Instructional strategies include a mock trial, Internet projects, multimedia presentations, and guest speakers.
Dual Credit: Three credits available free through Ivy Tech upon completing a passing score on the Accuplacer test or meeting a minimum requirement on the ACT, SAT or PSAT.

Computer Tech Support, 1 semester, 1 credit
Grades 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite GPA 2.5 or higher, prior high school computer class, and a Business teacher recommendation
Computer Tech Support allows students to explore how computers work. Students learn the functionality of hardware and software components as well as suggested best practices in maintenance and safety issues. Through hands on activities and labs, students learn how to assemble and configure a computer, install operating systems and software, and troubleshoot hardware and software problems.

Entrepreneurship and New Ventures, 1 semester, 1 credit
Grades 10, 11, 12
You, too, can start your own business! Entrepreneurship is a course designed to provide you with the skills needed to effectively organize, develop, and manage your own business. In addition to creating your own business plan, you will examine the elements of successful businesses, help run the school cafe where you will hone your skills in an actual business environment, and determine if you have what it takes to start your own business. The cafe activity may require a before school commitment.

Web Design 2, 1 semester 1 credit
Grades 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: WebDesign 1 C or better is required
Web Design 2 builds on Web Design 1. Students will use a variety of other web editors to build websites and culminate into building or improving a website for an organization. Java Script, Web Apps, and additional web skills will be taught as well.

Computer Programming 2, 1 semester 1 credit
Grades 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Computer Programming 1, C or better is required
This course will provide a basic understanding of the fundamental concepts involved when using a member of a Visual C++ programming development language, as well as app development and other languages. It emphasizes logical program design involving user-defined functions and standard structure elements. Data file access methods are also presented.

Personal Financial Responsibility, 1 semester, 1 credit

Grades 11, 12
Do you want to have money? How do you build credit? Do you need a credit card? Personal Finance is a business course that focuses on personal financial planning. The course explains how to make money by getting the job you want, how to make the money you have grow through investing, and how to protect your money and assets once you have them. The content includes financial planning, budgets, checking accounts, insurance as protection for income and assets, income and money management, as well as spending and credit management. Students will learn the financial concepts and principles that provide a basis for avoiding common financial pitfalls. This course prepares students for their roles and responsibilities as consumers and citizens through in class projects and computer simulations of real life activities including job hunting, getting an apartment, time management, shopping credit, and insurance. Students will utilize Virtual Business-Personal Finance simulation presenting students with challenges around bank accounts, credit and debit cards, bills, credit scores, taxes, insurance, investing, and more.
Dual Credit: Available through IUN at a cost of $75.
*Please note that this class does not count towards dual credit for an honors or technical honors diploma.

Business Math, 2 semesters 2 credits
Grades 11, 12
Business Math is a course designed not only to teach students financial responsibility, but also to develop skills that are part of any business environment. Mathematical skills will be reinforced and further developed in the context of real world problem solving situations, applying personal finance to the world of business.

Principles of Business Management, 1 semester, 1 credit

Grades 11, 12
Prerequisite: An academic GPA of C or better is required
Management is a course that will provide a solid foundation of established business principles and practices that form the groundwork of all business operations. Business fundamentals such as economic, legal, and social foundations are presented along with a close look at organizing businesses, marketing products and services, financing operations, managing and developing employees, and making difficult business decisions in a dynamic competitive atmosphere. Both group and in-class projects will be used along with class discussions. Students will utilize a computer simulation, Virtual Business--Management, to manage a business.
Dual Credit: Three credits available free through Ivy Tech upon completing a passing score on the Accuplacer test or meeting a minimum requirement on the ACT, SAT or PSAT.

Principles of Marketing, 1 semester, 1 credit

Grades 11, 12
Prerequisite: An academic GPA of C or better is required
Marketing is a course designed to introduce students to the different activities that comprise the functions of marketing. Product management, distribution, selling, marketing-information management, financing, pricing, and promotion occur every time a product or service is developed and sold. Marketing is a very complex part of business, and is very important to the success of businesses and to the satisfaction of customers.Students will be involved in teamwork to prepare an advertising campaign for a business and make decisions in an on-line simulation.
Dual Credit: Three credits available free through Ivy Tech upon completing a passing score on the Accuplacer test or meeting a minimum requirement the ACT, SAT or PSAT.

Computer Science A, Advanced Placement, 2 semesters, 2 credits

Grades 11, 12
Prerequisite: Algebra II and Computer Programming 1
This is a business mathematics course that provides students with the content established by the College Board. This course uses Java, the most world-wide used language, to teach object-oriented programming methodology with a concentration on problem solving and algorithm development and also includes the study of data structures, design and abstraction.
Dual Credit: Three credits available free through Ivy Tech upon completing a passing score on the Accuplacer test or meeting a minimum requirement on the ACT, SAT or PSAT.

Financial Services (Accounting II), 2 semesters, 2 credits

Grades 11, 12
Prerequisite: Accounting I with a C or better is required
This course is a continuation of Accounting I. It is career-oriented with a dual purpose: (a) to provide increased knowledge and competence for students who will be seeking entry-level employment after graduation, and (b) to provide a more firm, broad base of understanding for those desiring to continue the study of accounting.
Dual Credit: Three credits available free through Ivy Tech upon completing a passing score on the Accuplacer test or meeting a minimum requirement on the ACT, SAT or PSAT.

Part of the Core Transfer Library Preparing for College and Careers
Grades 10, 11, 12
Preparing for College and Careers addresses the knowledge, skills and behaviors all students need to be prepared for success in college, career and life. The focus of the course is the impact of today's choices on tomorrow's possibilities. Topics to be addressed include twenty-first century life and career skills; higher order thinking, communication, leadership and management processes; exploration of personal aptitudes, interests, values and goals; examining multiple life roles and responsibilities as individuals and family members; planning and building employability skills; transferring school skills to life and work; and managing personal resources. This course includes reviewing the 16 national career clusters and Indiana's college and career pathways, in-depth investigation of one or more pathways, reviewing graduation plans, developing career plans and developing personal and career portfolios. A project based approach, including computer and technology applications, a cooperative venture between school and community, simulations and real life experiences is recommended.

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