Career & Technical Education: Learning That Works for New Jersey
Marie Barry, Director
Office of Career and Technical Education
P.O. Box 500 Trenton, NJ 08625
Phone: (609) 633-0665 | Fax: (609) 984-5347

Program of Study Curriculum by Career Cluster®

South Brunswick Township High School
Career Cluster®: Business Management & Administration
Career Cluster® Pathway: Management & Entrepreneurship
CIP Code:  520201 – Business Administration and Management, General

The “Pathways to Business” program of study is part of the school district’s program in Business Management and Administration.  The program of study utilizes a model that features articulation agreements with both a two-year postsecondary institution (Middlesex County College) and a four-year postsecondary institution (Kean University).  It allows students to jump-start their college careers while still in high school and offers a seamless transition to entry into associate and baccalaureate degree programs at the postsecondary level.

“Pathways to Business” emphasizes teaching strategies that infuse the application of traditional academic content with real-world, career-oriented problem solving activities.  Rigorous curricula prepare students for the large number of career opportunities in the Business Management and Administration Career Cluster®.  Courses are activity-based and designed to apply to a wider variety of learning styles than strictly lecture classes.  The program of study provides students with opportunities to participate in structured learning experiences such as job shadowing and operation of an on-campus business enterprise.  Students can earn up to eighteen college credits leading to two-year and four-year degree programs at partnering postsecondary institutions: Middlesex County College and Kean University.

Pathways to Business Course Offerings:  (Please click on link to view curriculum template.)


Course

Grade Level

# College Credits & Method

Postsecondary Course

Business Organization & Management

This course focuses on the planning, supervision, control and performance of activities involved in the production of goods and services. Students will explore the functions of human resources, marketing, purchasing, production, and finance through hands-on project based experiences. Students will understand the major components necessary to develop and maintain a successful business that relates positively to the society.

10, 11, 12

3, dual credit

BUS 101 at Middlesex County College; MGSX Management Science major elective at Kean University

College Accounting I (a.k.a. Financial Accounting)

This course is designed for college preparatory students who plan further study in the field of accounting, business administration, marketing, or pre-law. This accelerated course uses a college-level textbook. In addition to accounting principles and procedures, the course places emphasis on the analysis and interpretation of financial statements and other relevant concepts. Spreadsheet applications software including Excel and Quick Books are used throughout the course. Students have the option of earning 4 college credits.
 

10, 11, 12

3- 4, dual credit

ACC 101 at Middlesex County College; Acct 2200 at Kean University

College Computer Applications and Systems (a.k.a. Advanced Computer Applications for Business)

This course is designed for students with well-developed computer skills. College Computer Applications and Systems is an in depth, project-based exploration of computer applications and information science. Students will define what computers and computer programs are and their use in business, industry, institutions, and government. The course discusses the terminology and use of current PC hardware and software for processing and communicating data. A full range of topics are covered including capabilities and limitations of computers, history of computers, privacy of information, ethical behavior, and the influence of computers on people and society. Through hands-on activities, students gain experience with the Windows operating system and Microsoft Office applications such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Access. Students may also be exposed to computer graphics and multimedia applications such as Microsoft Publisher and Adobe Creative Suite as time permits. Students completing this course will be computer fluent. Students have the option of earning 3 college credits.

10, 11, 12

3, dual credit

CSC 105 at Middlesex County College; CpS 1031 at Kean University

Concepts of Business Management (prereq. Business Organization & Management)

This course focuses on theories, techniques, and insights from the behavioral sciences of the major areas of management. Students will explore the functions of management including planning, organizing, directing, and controlling. Concepts that apply to all levels of management are studied.

11, 12

3, dual credit

MGT 210 at Middlesex County College; MgS 2030 at Kean University

Small Business Management (prereq. Business Organization & Management)

This course is designed to introduce students to principles of small business management with a focus on achieving and maintaining a competitive advantage as a small organization. Students will discover how the functions of planning, organizing, directing, controlling, financing, and staffing relate to a small business enterprise. Current issues including global opportunities, service, quality, and technology are highlighted. The development of a comprehensive business plan is an integral part of the course.

11, 12

3, dual credit

SBM 120 at Middlesex County College; MgS 3013 at Kean University

College Accounting II (a.k.a. Managerial Accounting; prereq. College Accounting I)

 This advanced course uses a college level text, and introduces students to managerial accounting and the manufacturing process. Students will also be exposed to the terminology used to describe costs related to manufacturing. The course emphasizes accounting activities that help managers plan and control the operations of a business, for example, budgets and other performance evaluations, and how they are used to control operations. The year will end with a brief introduction to the basics of capital investment analysis, which is a topic covered in much more detail in introductory finance and/or intermediate accounting

11, 12

3-4 dual credit

ACC 102 at Middlesex County College; Acct 2210 or Acct 2205 at Kean University (based on major)

School Store Operations (prereq. Business Organization & Management or College Accounting I)

 School Store Operations provides students with a structured learning experience by operating an on-campus enterprise. Topics include: product/service planning, sales promotion, advertising, retail sales, merchandising, human relations, management of resources, and marketing research. Students gain actual work experience by participating in the operation of The Shoppe (SBHS school store), an applications laboratory for theory covered in the Business Education program.

11, 12

0

 

Courses noted in orange do not have prerequisites. All three courses may be taken by a student in Grade 12 seeking a business generalist background. However, students are not considered “concentrators” unless they have completed at least two years of study at the secondary level before progressing to complete at least two years of postsecondary study. Other courses may be taken in sequence beginning in 10th grade and/or concurrently during grades 10-12 as long as prerequisite and grade-level requirements are met.
Academic Course Offerings:


Course

Grade Level

# College Credits & Method

Postsecondary Course

College Calculus (First priority to Tech-Prep students; prereq. Pre-Advanced Placement Calculus or Advanced Pre-Calculus with a grade of 90% or better. Passing score on Accuplacer test or an SAT mathematics score of 530 or better required to earn for college credit.)

College Calculus is a course designed to explore the concepts of derivatives and their applications, as well as integration with applications. In addition, the fundamentals of analytic geometry and transcendental functions will be presented.

11, 12

3-4, dual credit

MAT 131 at Middlesex County College; Math 2411 at Kean University

English IV College Composition (Passing score on Accuplacer test or an SAT Critical Reading score of 540 or better required to earn college credit)

This college-level course focuses on extensive reading materials that serve as structural models and as the basis for discussion and for the writing of essays involving response, analysis, and synthesis. A concentration on rhetorical and persuasive analysis will drive the class. Through a variety of writing assignments including process essays, timed writings, and shorter, in-class and out-of-class writings, students will develop competence in writing clear, correct, and effective English prose. Core works include non-fiction and grammar texts as well as The Great Gatsby, Siddhartha, Things Fall Apart and A Streetcar Named Desire.

12

3, dual credit

ENG 121 at Middlesex County College; Eng 1030 at Kean University

Fundamentals of Public Speaking

Fundamentals of Public Speaking is designed to introduce students to the theory and practice of public speaking. Students will study representative speeches, and prepare and deliver many different types of speeches. The course will give students’ experience in organizing speeches and opportunities to deliver a variety of speeches.

10, 11, 12

3, dual credit

SPE 121 at Middlesex County College; Comm 1402 at Kean University

Students should elect English IV College Composition instead of English IV to both meet the high school graduation requirement and earn college credit. Students interested in College Calculus should follow an alternate math sequence starting with Geometry or Advanced Geometry  in 9th grade, followed by Algebra II or Advanced Algebra II in 10th grade, and Advanced Pre-Calculus or Pre-Advanced Placement Calculus in 11th grade.

For additional information

Kristin Laskin, Project Director
Supervisor of Applied and Fine Arts and Technology Education 6-12
kristin.laskin@sbschools.org
732-329-4044 ext. 3229

Annette Galaro, Tech-Prep Coordinator
Business Education Teacher
annette.galaro@sbschools.org

Website - http://www.sbschools.org/schools/sbhs/academic_departments/business/tech_prep/index.php