Plymouth High School FBLA co-presidents Hannah McFarlin and Joe Chandler hold the chapter’s third-place award from regional competition.
Posted February 27, 2017
The 11 business education courses at Plymouth High School provide students with extensive hands-on applications of lessons learned in core classes.
The course of study has been revamped in recent years with more emphasis on business administration in addition to accounting and computer software. Five classes are rigorous enough to carry college credits.
Career & Technical Education focuses on the exploration of the self in relation to the world of work. Hallmarks of CTE are college and career readiness, academic and technical skills, work-based learning, and leadership skills. The biggest CTE disciplines are business education, technology education, culinary arts, and agriculture. We are exploring each of these in February, which is CTE Month.
Business education draws on skills learned in all core classes, especially math, science and English.
“In English classes, we work on developing and improving speaking and writing skills, and these are critical skills in today's business world, especially since there are so many relatively new ways to communicate – email, video conferencing, and a multitude of social networking platforms, for example,” said PHS English teacher Lucas Cleary.
In addition, business professionals and students in business classes need to be skilled critical thinkers and problem solvers, he said. “The writing in English classes often demands that students create inferences and defend viewpoints while providing an understanding of multiple views, and this requires considering a problem, creating original ideas, and being informed about opposing viewpoints, which are all components of critical thinking.”
Business also is intertwined with global education, as recognized by The Global Marketplace course. This project-based business course allows students to expand their understanding of consumer spending, government policies, economic conditions, legal issues, and global competition. Throughout the course, students are presented with current economic problems for which they are asked to determine possible solutions.
The newest course, Management and Leadership, prepares students to meet the challenges of leadership in today’s complex global business environment. Students learn to apply the business management principles of planning, organizing, staffing, leading and controlling. This project-based course allows students to apply the information and knowledge that they acquire to simulations and case studies.
All business education classes provide a foundation for careers in accounting, information, marketing, and management. In addition to the classes mentioned above, students can position themselves for such careers by pursing the following opportunities at PHS:
The PHS business education program has garnered a number of awards in recent years: