CTE Course Offerings

Career Tech Education Courses

CTE Business Course Offerings

Marketing 1 & 2 (Fulfills Economics requirement)

The Princeton Review names Business as one of the top 10 college majors, and Marketing is a great place to learn the foundations needed to be successful later on. If you are looking to become a whiz at how to organize, plan, price, distribute, and promote products or services this class will be a perfect fit. Students will study sales, economics, merchandising, product management, promotion, entrepreneurship and learn job development skills while working in our own school based businesses, the Cat’s Corner and Green Bean. Students will also have the opportunity to join DECA, which is a student organization designed to prepare students for a career in a business field. *See below for Business Department Articulation Agreement details on obtaining credit through Davenport University, Baker College, or Grand Rapids Community College.

Advanced Marketing 1 & 2 (Prerequisite: Marketing 1 & 2)

Are you a born leader with awesome people skills? Advanced Marketing is a continuation of Marketing 1 & 2 and is the perfect way to become more involved with DECA and gain real job experience. Students will be automatic members of our local DECA chapter and will have the chance to work with local businesses on conducting market research and creating promotional plans. Students will also have the opportunity to gain management experience through the Cat’s Corner and Green Bean, our two school based enterprises, by making decisions about store promotions, inventory, and social media. *See below for Business Department Articulation Agreement details on obtaining credit through Davenport University, Baker College, or Grand Rapids Community College.

Office Management

Even though Microsoft has been around since 1975 it is still known as one of the top softwares used by businesses around the world today. This course will focus on learning the skills needed to be proficient in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint through real life business scenarios which will give you a leg up in future careers. Students will learn about communication, entrepreneurship, business law, and international business. *See below for Business Department Articulation Agreement details on obtaining credit through Davenport University, Baker College, or Grand Rapids Community College.

Entrepreneurship 1 & 2

Have you dreamed of owning your own business? Would you like to be your own boss? In Entrepreneurship students will replicate all the functions of real businesses in both structure and practice. Under the guidance of a teacher-facilitator and business mentors, students create and manage their virtual businesses from product development, production and distribution to marketing, sales, human resources, accounting/finance and web design. *See below for Business Department Articulation Agreement details on obtaining credit through Davenport University, Baker College, or Grand Rapids Community College.

Accounting 1 & 2 (Fulfills Senior Math requirement)

What do Wesley Snipes, Nicholas Cage, Marc Anthony and Martha Stewart have in common? Find out as we explore forensic accounting as part of this exciting course. In addition, this course will prepare students to understand the language of business, analyze business transactions, prepare and analyze financial documents and use spreadsheet software. *See below for Business Department Articulation Agreement details on obtaining credit through Davenport University, Baker College, or Grand Rapids Community College.

Business Management

With starting salaries of over $40,000 and mid-career salaries exceeding $70,000, Business Administration and Management continues to be the most popular college major according to USA Today. This course will prepare students with skills related to business at all levels. Students will receive training in common business skills plus career planning and business ethics. They will focus on foundation skills, such as listening/speaking, management and leadership, problem solving, human relations, etc. *See below for Business Department Articulation Agreement details on obtaining credit through Davenport University, Baker College, or Grand Rapids Community College.

Finance 1 & 2 (Fulfills Senior Math requirement)

By infusing online personal finance challenges and stock market game simulations, this course takes the often difficult to discuss topic of finance and makes it fun! Through online simulations, this course will explore strategies for building wealth and maintaining a debt free lifestyle. Students will also have the opportunity to research and evaluated potential investments, make cooperative decisions on whether to buy, sell, or hold the stocks, funds, and bonds in their virtual investment portfolio they have created.

 

Construction Trades/Applied Technology Course Offerings

(Note:  Each Applied Technology course fulfills .5 Visual, Performing, and Applied Arts credit)

Woods I (course #650)    Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

This one-semester course helps students gain a better understanding of industrial occupations within this industry. Areas covered are: basic hand tools, power hand tools, power equipment, maintenance, safety, wood joint construction, material testing, wood finishing, product design, machining and product fabrication. Each student will be required to construct several projects.

Woods II & III (course #651 & #652)    Grades 10, 11, 12 (Prerequisite: Woods I)

This is a full-year course focuses on furniture making. This course will provide the opportunity for students to develop knowledge and abilities of design and building furniture. Students will be taught the many skills associated with the production of furniture. Each student will design and construct a project for the class that will be entered into the MITES woodworking competition.

Interior Construction (course #653)    Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

This one semester class in home remodeling students will learn to make a variety of basic home repairs. Skills can include patching drywall, installing light fixtures, and painting. Students will learn how to build a budget for home remodel projects. Students will also study green remodeling and the use of green material in home improvement.

Exterior Construction (course #654)     Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

This one semester class introduces the student to the career and occupational employment opportunities available in the construction industry. This is a lab course so students will have an opportunity to develop the many skills associated with the construction trade. The class will have a strong focus on safety and machine use as it relates to industry. Students will produce projects related to the construction trade field.