Learn the process of starting and managing a business. Students with an entrepreneurial interest learn skills related to organization, effective decision making, and goal setting. Students develop comprehensive business plans including research & development of ideas, product planning, finance, and marketing. Students research how marketing, management, ethics and communication play an important role in business success. Students gain practical experience by managing a student-run business and receive training in constructing resumes, employment applications, cover letters and references and interviewing skills. Students complete a career portfolio to prepare for entry into the job market with a competitive edge. Business concepts and leadership skills are reinforced through co-curricular participation in the Career and Technical Student Organization, DECA*. DECA is an integral component to this program and provides additional focus on developing written and oral presentation skills, as well as leadership and social and professional skills that will build self-confidence for college and career success.
*DECA, www.deca.org, prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. DECA offers the opportunity for students to participate in competitive events throughout the year, in a variety of locations at local, state and international levels. Students have the opportunity to receive recognition, awards and scholarships. DECA is endorsed by the United States Department of Education and the California Department of Education.
Students who work 10-15 hours per week (at approved sites in the Tri-Valley geographical area with their current job) have the opportunity to earn additional high school credits based on their on-the-job experience. Student is responsible for maintaining all required employment records and meeting all deadlines established by the teacher. Note: students must provide their own transportation.
Campus: Amador Valley High, Dublin High, Foothill High, & Granada High
AVHS, DHS, & FHS - 1 Year / 1 Period
GHS - 2 Trimesters / 1 Period
High School Credits: 10
Potential College Credits: 3
Fulfills a-g: "g"
Certificate Earned: No
For Students Interested In
... gaining the knowledge and skills needed in the field of business, management and entrepreneurship. In this class, you will fine tune your presentation skills, practice leadership and professionalism and get ready for the real world.