Heritage Hills High School Business Program | Spencer County News
LINCOLN CITY — Jessica Griepenstroh, a teacher in the business department at Heritage Hills High School, gave a presentation on the Business Career Technical Education Pathway. This presentation took place at the North Spencer School Board meeting held on Monday April 25th.
The presentation detailed what the students worked on in the various courses of the business track throughout the school year.
First, Griepenstroh gave a brief overview of his career in accounting and office management before earning his certification and transitional teaching license.
She graduated from Heritage Hills and Commerce was one of her favorite courses she took in school.
Griepenstroh then went over the courses they are offering to students this year. A course is the work-based learning course. Coursework for students is done in a virtual format that works alongside student on-the-job training.
This course is taught alongside Brenda Allen, the In-Service Training Coordinator. Much of the curriculum done in the virtual course focuses on goal setting and self-assessments. The majority of students in this course are seniors and the self-assessments focus on five- or ten-year plans.
In this course, students also focus on in-depth career research, in the industries that interest them. This research highlights the educational requirements, required skills and salary expectations for the career they are interested in. research and projects focused on potential careers. They discuss employee and employer expectations and workplace communication.
Another aspect of the course is determining salaries and learning how to read payslips to ensure that all income is reported accurately.
Students complete a project at the end of the course that focuses on budget planning.
Students will find an entry level position and research the salary, cost of rent or a mortgage payment where they want to live and expected utilities. Students will work to determine budget expenses and potential income to determine how they will survive on their own in the future. This project is done to better prepare students when they reach this stage of life.
Intro to Business was offered as a new course the previous school year. This one-semester course is an entry into the business world.
Griepenstroh explained that this course is divided into seven different units. Units focus on the basics of business and economics. Such as, satisfying the needs and wants of the consumer. They talk about entrepreneurship, marketing and advertising.
Students complete unit six, which focuses on communication and leadership skills. The final unit focuses on ethics and corporate social responsibilities.
There is a lot of research in this course, and students have the flexibility to choose which different topics they focus on and present to their peers.
A project carried out at the beginning of the Intro to Business course is a “your brand” project. Since many people associate business with logos, students provide company logos to answer some questions, which helps students get to know each other.
For a project, students create an advertisement to learn different techniques of persuasion in advertising.
A required course for freshmen or transfer students is College and Career Readiness. In this course, there were 49 students enrolled in the fall and 49 students in the spring.
At PCC, students go through the basics of money management. They also do a current unit of account on how to write checks, deposit slips, and complete a check register.
At PCC, they do a lot of self-assessments to highlight students’ skills, interests, and values. This brings us to a discussion of career exploration.
Students will also learn how to complete job applications and how to create a resume and cover letter. The students are preparing for their mock interviews in a few weeks.
There is also the accounting course. This is a concentrated course within the business curriculum. The average course size is 10-12 students each year.
To start Unit 1 of the accounting course, they focus on sole proprietorship service businesses. They go through the entire accounting cycle of this type of business.
It is a very progressive course. The basics of this course are done in pencil and on paper. As students get more comfortable, they use a program called Cengage, a spreadsheet app that’s more engaging than paper and pencil.
For unit two in accounting, they focus on a merchandising company. Students begin to learn about merchandising, sales, returns, and allowances. They talk about the different registers used in this style of business.
Currently, students create a payroll register for a list of employees within their company. They also think about how to create W-2s and W-3s for the company and the employees.
Another focused course in the program is the Business Management Principles course. There are currently 22 students enrolled in the first year class.
This year, this course was project-based. Students talk about economic decisions and their outcomes. Corporate social responsibility, deeper discussions of entrepreneurship, workplace culture, and human resources are all topics covered in this course.
The students work together on a collaborative project with the city. At the start of the year, students select a business of their choice and create vision boards to imagine the interior, exterior, and inspirations of that business.
Students will create their business in 3D form and then physically create a city of all their businesses. They will also create an ideal customer avatar for their business. A business plan and strategy will also be created by students to place in their own portfolio.
Griepenstroh also explained what the Business CTE Pathway will look like for the next school year.
Business Management Principles will now be considered the introductory course. The concentrated course will be Introduction to Accounting. They will also bring the course back to the principles of marketing. A new course they are going to introduce will be digital marketing. The Work Based Learning course will still be offered, but the cooperative aspect for students will now be done in class.
Griepenstroh also spotlighted students from Business Professionals of America. Students competed at Ivy Tech in Evansville in finance, business administration, management information systems, and more.
Five students traveled to Indianapolis for the state-level conference this year.
On May 4, two senior students, Kyle Eubank and Nathan Windell will depart for Dallas, Tx. to compete nationally in diagnostic medical coding and Python programming.