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Business Technology

Program Description

Business Technology is a two-year, pre-professional program designed for students planning careers in business or finance. In a simulated office setting utilizing state-of-the-art equipment, students become acquainted with the skills, abilities, and attitudes needed for successful job performance in the technical business office profession. Students explore a wide range of procedures including keyboarding, computer applications using word processing, spreadsheets, database, and presentation packages, Internet exploration, records management, accounting, consumer education, business mathematics, operation of office machines, and general office procedures.

The strong emphasis placed on career planning is intended to guide students to challenging fields in which significant growth is anticipated by the U.S. Labor Department over the next ten years. Each student will spend 50% of the school year in their career/technical education program. Additionally, they will complete three related courses each year during their academic cycles.

Students who complete this program will be highly prepared for employment in today’s computerized and technical office.

Seniors complete a portfolio project and are encouraged to participate in an internship which provides career opportunities. Seniors may also be eligible to work in a co-op job. With further training in this field, additional opportunities for career advancement increase. Also throughout the four years, students will sit for Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exams.

By earning a “B” or better in certain courses, students in the program can earn college credits at Bristol Community College.

Students in Business Technology become members of Business Professionals of America (BPA) and are eligible to take part in BPA sponsored skills competitions involving high school students from across Massachusetts. State winners become eligible to participate in BPA’s national competition.

Graduates from the Business Technology program will be ready for employment in a host of settings and will be prepared to participate in post secondary programs at the associate and bachelor’s level. The Business Technology program is also in the process of obtaining articulation agreements with Bristol Community College, enabling students to earn college credits for work in high school.

Staff

Teachers

Jennifer Carreiro – Curriculum Leader
Cathy M. Chace
Crystal Ripley

Academy Administrator

Guy Shepherd

Course of Study

Junior

Business Procedures 

  • Business Safety/Ergonomics/Ethics 
  • Intro to Business 
  • School Store Operations 
  • Microsoft Powerpoint
  • E-mail Etiquette/Microsoft Outlook 
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Principles of Management 
  • Virtual Business Simulation 
  • Project-Based Learning

Related

Financial Business Operations

  • Business Math Concepts 

Technical Applications

  • Computer Basics 
  • Microsoft Word/Excel

Senior

Specialized Business Operations

  • Professional Communications 
  • Employability Skills 
  • Marketing/Social Media Promotion/Responsibility 
  • Accounting 
  • Automated Accounting 
  • Microsoft Acess 
  • Virtual Business Simulation
  • Project-Based Learning

Related

Financial Business Operations

  • Business Math Concepts 

Technical Applications

  • Computer Basics 
  • Microsoft Word/Excel

Career Opportunities

CO-OP & Placement

Students in BT have many opportunities to enter the local business industry with either Placement or Co-op prospects. Seniors are eligible to gain real-life experience taking advantage of Placement during their shop cycle with on-site internships. In addition, some eligible students will be employed during their shop cycle with our Co-op partners gaining real-life industry experience while earning pay and excellent networking opportunities! We currently hold relationships with banks, credit unions, government, institutions, private schools, and more.

Certifications

Students will be prepared through a multisensory approach to sit for several industry-wide recognized certifications, including:

  • Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Acess, Outlook)

Business Professionals of America is the leading CTSO (Career Technical Student Organization) for students pursuing careers in business management, office administration, information technology, and other related career fields. 

This program is conducted on regional, state, and national levels and tests competency in various areas of business/office occupations. Guidelines contain the necessary information for preparing contestants for each assessment on the national level.

Teller
Administrative Assistant
Office Clerk
Travel Agent
Parts Salesperson
Advertising Sales Agent
Bookkeeper
Accounting and Audit Clerk

Court, Municipal and License
Insurance Claims Check
Policy Processing Clerk
Real Estate Sales Agent
Hotel/Restaurant Manager
Financial Manager
Accountant and Auditor
Loan Officer

Advertising Promotions Manager
Marketing Manager
Property, Real Estate Manager
Tax Examiner
Collectors and Revenue Agent
Insurance Underwriter
Financial Analyst
Chief Executive Office