Steve Schlegel

Business Education Lead Teacher

Mr. Steve Schlegel

Business classes are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world. Courses reflect the knowledge and skills that our students need for success in college and careers since they will be competing in the global economy. Our department goal is to prepare students for the challenges of college business curriculum, employment in business, and provide instruction which can be applied to personal use. We recognize the critical need for developing 21st century skills and that today’s students are digital learners. All of our classes incorporate the tools to enable them to become truly media literate as they function in an online collaborative, research-based environment – researching, analyzing, synthesizing, critiquing, evaluating and creating new knowledge! Some opportunities that are offered as extensions to the classroom include: working in the student store which includes marketing and management experience; Cooperative Work Study internships, membership in a new technology club (SWAT), W!SE Financial Literacy Certification, membership in Future Business Leaders of America; and Business Honor Society.

Middle School

Business Course Selections and Course Descriptions

Computer 6

6th Grade Computer Skills is a ten-week class taught every other day for one semester. Computer curriculum includes basic Window operations, keyboarding skills, word processing, spreadsheets, graphing, and internet usage. Students also learn effective techniques for being a positive digital citizen.

Students will learn and/or review typing skills, making sure students are using homerow and good technique. Focus is also on using Microsoft Word and Excel accurately and efficiently. Basic window operations, effective techniques for being a good digital citizen and internet literacy skills are also stressed.

Computer 8

8th Grade Computer & Research is a ten-week class taught every other day. Computer curriculum includes basic Window operations, keyboarding skills, word processing, spreadsheets, graphing, databases, integration, and desktop publishing. Research curriculum includes evaluating resources, citing sources, using in-text citations, and paraphrasing. Digital Citizenship is modeled and taught throughout the course.

Students create an electronic magazine (E-Zine) after evaluating internet magazines and learning word processing skills. They will be "creating" their own restaurant business by using skills learned in excel and word applications. These projects help to incorporate 21st Century learning objectives.

At the end of the computer curriculum, students will take a final exam to receive high school credit. If they receive an 85% or higher grade on the Computer Applications high school exam, they will receive 1/2 credit towards high school graduation. Students in 8th grade review and work on improving typing skills. We learn how to be more productive in Word and Excel. 21st Century Skills are covered in projects involving creating an electronic magazine and becoming restaurant entrepreneurs.

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High School

Business Course Selections and Course Descriptions

*College credit bearing courses

Academy of Marketing Courses

Sports and Entertainment Marketing

Half Year ½ unit Grades 10-12

In addition to marketing overview, this course is designed to teach advertising, sales, event marketing and communication techniques. Major areas that will be covered are professional sports, theme parks, TV and movie industries, concert and arena productions, and theme restaurants. Students will also obtain an understanding of the career options available within the fields of sports and entertainment. This course is “hands on” and project driven.

Travel and Tourism

Half Year ½ unit Grades 10-12

In this course, students will learn about the travel, tourism, and hospitality industry. This industry’s attractions, history, innovations, financial structure, and methods of organization have propelled it to the forefront of the world of business. It offers many exciting career opportunities to those who enjoy interaction with customers during their leisure time, as well as the business traveler. Several field trips are taken to various tourism related venues.

Business Ownership

Half Year ½ unit Grades 10-12

This course will provide students with a background in managing a small retail establishment. We will discuss market research, forecasting, site selection, financing, advertising, and public relations, as well as many other topics. Students will use an internet textbook to learn the basics of business ownership. In addition, students will complete a computer simulation called Virtual Business, which will allow them to experience what is like to manage a small business. Finally, students will participate in a classroom simulation called Mean Jeans, in which they will manage a small business and interact with other “business owners” in the classroom.

Fashion Merchandising

Half Year ½ unit Grades 10-12

This course is designed to introduce students to the fashion industry. Focusing on current fashion trends, students will acquire an understanding of fashion terminology, the consumers of fashion, and the specific marketing strategies used to retail fashion in the new millennium. Guest speakers will be invited to provide students with "real world" perspectives and experiences. A field trip will enhance the classroom experience. Priority will be given to seniors.

Academy of Finance Courses

Each may be used as a 3rd unit of Math

College Accounting

Full Year 1 unit Grades 9-12

Accounting is the language of business! Emphasis is on analyzing, summarizing, reporting, and interpreting financial information. The basic concepts, procedures, business documents, and financial statements are included as they relate to the accounting cycle. Simulations give students practical experience in completing the accounting cycle. This course is recommended for students with an interest in a math-related career or students pursuing a business major in college.

College Business Math

Possible 3 college credits from FLCC
Cost: $15
Full Year 1 unit Grades 11-12

College Business Math has two main objectives:  To develop basic algebra skills, problem solving, and mathematical reasoning skills  To equip students with the mathematical skills necessary to analyze and understand business and personal finance situations. Among the topics chosen are simple interest, simple discount, compound interest, present and future value of annuities, spreadsheets and other specific financial applications. Additional topics include credit cards, mortgages, depreciation, and retirement plans.

Academy of Management Courses

Career and Financial Management

Half Year ½ unit Grades 9-12

This class is strongly recommended opposite Health in the sophomore year. Career and Financial Management will give you the knowledge you need to live on your own. Several important financial topics such as banking and checking accounts, credit cards, installment buying, tax preparation, and saving for the future will be studied. Also covered are “job-getting” skills such as resume writing, job applications, and interviewing. The computer simulation “Virtual Business Personal Finance” is used to replicate living on your own and the decisions that must be made to succeed.

Business Organization

Possible 3 college credits from FLCC
Cost: $15
Half Year ½ unit Grades 11-12

This course is recommended for students planning to study business in college. It will provide students with an introduction to such business factors as ownership, e-commerce, dynamics of business, organizational structures, production, marketing, finance, government regulations business ethics and current topics. It is possible to take this course for no college credit on a tuition-free basis.

Introduction to College Studies

Possible 3 college credits from FLCC
Cost: $15
Half Year ½ unit Grades 11-12

This course will teach you learning theories and the strategies necessary for college success. Topics include note taking, memory development, textbook reading, test taking; current research techniques, goal setting, and time and stress management. The course objective is for students to become independent learners who will succeed in college. It is possible to take this course for no college credit on a tuition-free basis.

Business Law

Full Year 1 unit Grades 10-12

This course emphasizes the relationship of business law to an individual’s personal life, as well as occupational life. It is a general information course not limited to business students. The student receives an opportunity to study the law of contracts, bailment, fraud, rights of a minor, employment law, renting and owning property, will, insurance and the laws of commercial paper.


Possible 3 college credits from FLCC
Cost: $15
Full Year 1 unit Grades 10-12

Prerequisite: Business teacher or History teacher recommendation

This course will teach students leadership skills, communication skills, group dynamics, time and stress management, public speaking, human relations, team building and other group processes. Activities will include approximately 40 hours of service and involvement to the school community. Students will develop leadership skills helpful to many students in leadership positions (i.e. Student Government representatives, Class Officers, PE leaders, athletic team captains, etc.) Students will fulfill the Participation in Government graduation requirement by taking Leadership which includes completing 40 hours of community service.

Academy of Business Technology Courses

Introduction to Web Page Design*

Possible 3 college credits through FLCC
Cost: $15
Half Year ½ unit Grades 10-12

Students will plan and produce a business website. Students will develop, implement, and maintain a website using html markup language and Adobe Dreamweaver. Students will also discover how to enhance their websites with digital imaging in Adobe Photoshop and inserting Flash files. The class will stress the elements of design as they apply to web pages and develop their artistic expression through self and peer critiques.

Business Computer Applications*

Possible 3 college credits through FLCC
Cost: $15
Half Year ½ unit Grades 10-12

This course is designed to acquaint students with basic business activities and how businesses use computers. Windows-based software will be used to solve applications in word processing, spreadsheets, database, desktop publishing, and graphing. Students learn how to develop computer generated presentations, brochures, and many other applications that can be used in all other classes. It is possible to take this course for no college credit on a tuition-free basis.

Business English Courses

Business Communications I Business Communications II

Full Year 1 unit Grade 12
Prerequisite: Business Communications I is required before students enter Bus. Comm. II

* Please note that this course is not an approved English course through the NCAA clearinghouse.

Students will develop communication skills that are crucial for success in the 21st-century workplace by engaging in scenario-based activities that focus on effective communication and presentation, cultural diversity in the workplace, foundations of professional written communication, and career planning, among other topics. Students will also read and analyze a variety of books, articles, and reports, all of which are chosen to build critical thinking and decision-making skills. Both Business Communications I and II are reading- and writing-intensive classes. This course can be used toward a 4th unit of English credit.

NOTE: Priority will be given to seniors interested in pursuing a career and/or college major within the Business field. Students who enroll in Business Communication I must also enroll in Business Communication II.

Work Experience Course

Cooperative Work Experience (Paid)/Career Exploration Internship Program (Unpaid)


Half Year/Full Year 1/2 - 1 unit Grades 11-12

Both Co-Op and CEIP combine classroom instruction (every other day) and work experience to teach positive work behaviors, decision-making, and leadership skills. Through self-assessments and career experience, students can better determine their career path after high school. Students employed in paid positions for a minimum of 8 hours per week receive credit based on positive evaluations by the employer and the Cooperative Work Experience Coordinator. Students are interviewed and evaluated for appropriateness of placement.


Full Year 1 unit Grades 12
Prerequisite: One full credit of Co-op/CEIP

The completion of the training plan for Advanced Co-op students will be student directed – to be drafted by the student in discussion with their work supervisor. Seminars are focused on Career Advancement, Financial Planning and Business Management. Other topics include:

  • professional image
  • flexibility and the acceptance of change
  • information technology – competitive advantage
  • global or international business focus
  • what strategic planning is and how it is used in business decision making (focus on ethical decision making)
  • diversity, conflict resolution, team building
  • management – delegation, motivating employees, hiring and firing, employees’ rights and negotiation
  • Students will continue to meet with their Co-Op instructor every other day for class.

    Career and Technical Education (CTE) Diploma Endorsement

    Students who take the following classes and pass the external assessment in Business Ownership will be eligible for the CTE Diploma Endorsement.

  • Career and Financial Management
  • Business Computer Applications
  • Accounting or College Accounting
  • Business Ownership (external assessment must be passed)
  • Cooperative Work Experience/Career Exploration Internship Program
  • A 5-Unit bypass in Business courses can be used in lieu of a foreign language requirement for the Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation. Required courses are Career and Financial Management, and Business Computer Applications.