Steve Schlegel and Cashew

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

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.

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.

Finance Courses

Gemini - Principles of Financial Accounting *

Full Year 1 unit Grades 11-12
FLCC 4 Credit Hours - Cost $20

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.

Gemini - Personal Money Management *

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

Gemini Personal Money Management deals with management of personal finances over the life cycle of the individual consumer. Topics covered include establishment of personal financial objectives, budgeting, use of credit, property, liability and life insurance, major purchases such as housing, transportation and education; taxes, savings, investments, and retirement and estate planning.



Career Math

Full Year 1 unit Grades 11-12

This course is designed to teach students how to use math in their everyday life and in their careers. Topics covered include Gross Pay, Net Pay, Banking, Loans, Credit Cards, Investments, and Insurance. Students can use this course as their third year of Math.

Career and Financial Management

Half Year ½ unit Grades 9-12

CFM curriculum framework is divided into “Career Management” and “Financial Management” modules. Career and Financial Management will give you the knowledge you need to live on your own. Several important topics such as time management and budgeting, banking and checking accounts, online security and identity theft, credit cards, renting versus buying a house, investing, and tax preparation will be studied. Career Exploration and “job-getting” skills are also covered. The computer simulation “Virtual Business Personal Finance” is used to replicate living on your own and the decisions that must be made to succeed. This class is strongly recommended opposite Health in the sophomore year and students in grades 11-12 where some of the topics are relevant to their current life.

Academy of Management Courses

Gemini - Introduction to Business *

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.

Gemini - College Studies Strategies *

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 criminal, civil procedures, the law of contracts, bailments, fraud, rights of a minor, employment law, renting and owning property, probate law, insurance and the laws of commercial paper.

Gemini - Dynamics of Leadership/PIG *

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

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. 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.

Business Ownership

Half Year ½ unit Grades 10-12

The Entrepreneurship course is designed to introduce students to the world of small business ownership and management. This course builds students' skills in the knowledge of types of business ownership, legal issues, business finance/start-up costs, business trends, site selection, marketing, pricing strategies and the development of a business plan on the students' product/service of choice. In addition, students will complete a computer simulation called Virtual Business, which will allow them to experience what is like to operate a business in which they will realistically perform duties in areas such as product planning, financing, human resources, marketing/advertising, selling, and management of product(s).

Business Computer Courses

Gemini - Introduction to Web Page Development*

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

This course is an introduction to the design and development of basic web pages. Students will learn how to design and create web pages that are in compliance with currently accepted standards. Students will learn how to use HTML markup and formatting languages to create and customize Web pages. Web authoring tools will be introduced for the creation of Web pages, the manipulation of images and the creation of basic multimedia elements. Simple text editors, Web page converters and Web page editors will be employed to demonstrate their advantages and disadvantages in developing Web pages. Multiple browsers will be examined to demonstrate the differences in Web pages as they are rendered. Students will also learn how to evaluate and select services for publishing Websites.

Gemini - Core Word, Core Excel, PowerPoint*

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.

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.

A 5-Unit bypass in Business courses can be used in lieu of a foreign language requirement for the Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation.

Cashew in the school hallway
Mr. Steve Schlegel's assistant, Cashew (Therapy Dog)