The Business Department focuses instruction so that students will:

  • Effectively manage personal finances.
  • Apply technology to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate situations at home, school, and work.
  • Know how to use employment resources.
  • Practice skills to become an informed citizen, wise consumer, and a producer of goods and services.
  • Differentiate between ethical and unethical decisions in the workplace, at school, or at home.

1102 Word Processing
(Grades 9-12; 1 semester, .5 credit)
Prerequisite: None

Word Processing is a beginning level computer course lasting one semester.  Improving/learning the alphabetic keyboard as well as speed and accuracy will be emphasized throughout the semester.  The curriculum will include formatting business documents such as reports, letters, tables, and memorandums.  The word processing features utilizing the menu tabs and ribbon will be detailed.

1104 Consumer Education

(Grades 10-12; 1 semester; .5 credit)
Prerequisite: None
This course is designed to enable the student to become a wise consumer. This is accomplished through a study of the role of the consumer in the economy, a study of the factors that help a consumer make economically sound decisions in the areas of purchasing, budgeting, using credit, borrowing, saving, investing, sharing economic risks, and using natural resources. This course meets the Personal Finance requirement.

1103 Introduction To Business
(Grades 10-12; 1 semester; .5 credit)
Prerequisite: None
Introduction to Business will introduce students to the world of business and help them prepare for the economic roles of consumer, worker, and citizen. The course will explain the importance of the decision-making process, help them prepare for future employment, and help them effectively perform their responsibilities as a citizen. Topics discussed include the economic system of the United States versus other nations' systems, business structures (partnerships, corporations, franchises), managerial styles, marketing techniques, and technology advances in business.

1105 Accounting I
(Grades 10-12; 2 semesters; 1 credit)
Prerequisite: Signature of Accounting Instructor required/Purchase workbook from school bookstore
Accounting I is the initial course to help the student develop an understanding of financial transactions with the ability to record, present, and interpret these transactions. Students are introduced to the combination journal, special journal, general ledger, subsidiary ledgers, and accounting for the microcomputer. One practice set is completed which shows the students in a more realistic manner the handling of business vouchers such as checks, invoices, statements, memos, etc . Values of fairness and honesty in business are stressed.

1113 Digital Technology
(Grades 9-12; 1 semester, .5 credit)
Prerequisite: None

This course is designed to prepare student users to utilize technology for academic and business purposes.   A thorough study of technology ethics and protection will be emphasized.  The course will include digital citizenship and literacy.  Students will complete projects on a variety of programs displaying their comprehension of uses and be tested on terminology.  This course is designed to aid students to be successful in the work world and academic setting. 

1114 Web Design Development I
(Grades 11-12; 1 semester; .5 credit)
Prerequisite: College Algebra and signature of Math Instructor

This is a semester course that will serve as an introduction to the design, creation, and maintenance of web pages and websites. Students will learn how to critically evaluate website quality, learn how to create and maintain quality web pages, learn about web design standards and why they are important, and learn to create and manipulate images. This course teaches basic coding of web pages, including HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. The course progresses from introductory work on web design to a culminating project in which students design and develop a website for a club or team here at Helias.

1115 Digital Design I
(Grades 10-12; 1 semester; .5 credit) 
Prerequisite: None

This course will introduce students to basic entry-level skills required for careers that focus on digital and graphic design. Students will be introduced to the following: basic graphic design skills, digital publishing concepts and operations, layout of print and digital publications, decision-making activities, photo manipulation, and digital imaging. Students will develop the overall layout and production design for advertisements, brochures, and magazines (print and digital). Students will complete these activities with software such as the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite, commonly used in the digital publishing industry. The software emphasized will be Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe AfterEffects, and Adobe Illustrator. 

1116 Digital Design II
(Grades 10-12; 1 semester; .5 credit)
Prerequisite: Digital Design I

This course is advanced in nature from Digital Design I.  The course will give students advanced skills required for careers that focus on digital and graphic design.  Students will learn the advanced features for the Adobe Creative Suite software including Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.  Students will be introduced to the software programs After Effects and Dreamweaver. After Effects will allow for video editing, and Dreamweaver will focus on web design and web creation.

1111 Accounting II
(Grades 11-12; 2 semesters; 1 credit)
Prerequisite: Accounting I and Signature of Accounting I Instructor required/Purchase workbook from school bookstore
Accounting II is the advanced course to help students further develop their understanding of accounting transactions. Corporate accounting, cost accounting, departmentalized, and management accounting is the focus of this year-long course. One practice set is completed which shows the students in a more realistic manner the handling of business forms, statements, checks, and reports. Values of fairness and business ethics are stressed.

1109 Integrated Computer Applications
(Grades 11-12; 1 semester; .5 credit)
Prerequisite: Word Processing or Digital Technology with signature of Instructor required
Dual credit through Lincoln University
Students will learn how to create professional documents in the integrated applications of word processing, database, spreadsheets, presentation graphics, and other applications pertinent to business.  Upon completion of this course, the student should have an understanding of which software application is most efficient for the situation and have thorough understanding of terminology related to the applications.

1110 Computer Publications: Yearbook
(Grades 10-12; 2 semesters; 1 credit)
Prerequisite: None

The yearbook course extensively uses technical skills to utilize the online software, Yearbook Avenue. Units of study include teamwork, responsibility, brainstorming, content, coverage, concept, reporting, writing, editing, photography, typography, design, graphics, finances, yearbook campaigns, advertising and distribution. Actual work results in the lifelong record of the year’s events. With the addition of, an online photo sharing tool, all students are involved in the process of contributing to the construction of the yearbook.

1112 AP Economics
(Grades 11-12; 2 semesters, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: A or B in Geometry A
This course is designed to prepare students for the AP Economics Exam. The AP course is divided into two distinct parts: microeconomics (scarcity, price determination, the theory of the firm, externalities) in the first semester and macroeconomics (public finance, fiscal and monetary policy, inflation, unemployment, economic growth, international trade) in the second semester. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking skills through the understanding, application, and analysis of fundamental economic concepts.

1107 Business Law
(Grades 10-12; 1 semester;  .5 credit)
Prerequisite: None
Students will explore the foundations of business law. Coverage will include contracts, criminal law, consumer protection, will and estates, property law, contracts, ethics, and different court systems. The students will complete appropriate reports and case studies in addition to textbook work.

1108 Personal Finance
(Grades 11-12; 1 semester; .5 credit)
Prerequisite: None

This course will enable students to make sound financial decisions in their personal lives. The course is designed to address a variety of learning styles. Learning will occur through lecture, audio CDs, videos, independent reading, and hands-on activities. The course is divided into four units. Following are the unit titles and topics for the unit:

  • INCOME: income sources, factors affecting income, taxes, and government services
  • MONEY MANAGEMENT: needs and wants, financial decision making, budgets, personal financial plans, and financial responsibility
  • SPENDING/CREDIT: comparison shopping, payment methods, credit costs, and credit problems including bankruptcy
  • SAVING/INVESTING: reasons for saving and investing, saving and investment opportunities, Rule of 72, dollar cost averaging, and diversification