Fort Dodge Community School District

INTRODUCTION TO CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION (CTE) - 1 CREDIT - 9  - This is an introductory course to Career and Technical Education. Students would be provided an opportunity to experience the CTE programs offered AT FDSH and how the course sequence aligns with various career clusters. CTE programs AT FDSH include Business and Marketing, Family and Consumer Science, Health Occupations and Industrial Technology. Students will be exposed to career opportunities available within the career clusters and the education and training needed.

INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS - 1 CREDIT - 9, 10, 11, 12  - This is a basic business course designed to acquaint students with the activities associated with a business.  Students will gather a basic understanding of general business, economics, entrepreneurship, business communications, business ethics, the government’s role in business, marketing, and business finance.  Each of these topics is then covered in further detail in Fort Dodge Senior High School business offerings.  Overall, the course gives students a broad exposure to business operations and a solid background for additional business courses.

BUSINESS LAW - 1 CREDIT - 10, 11, 12  - In Business Law, students will learn the importance of laws and how they relate to business, as well as their effect on society and the individual. This course teaches a basic appreciation for law and its applications. Specific units include: the basics of criminal and civil law, contract law, consumer law and student rights and responsibilities regarding important life events. Any students interested in pursuing a career in law or business should strongly consider enrolling in this course.

ACCOUNTING I - 1 CREDIT - 10, 11, 12  - Accounting Essentials I introduces students to the complete accounting cycle for a sole-proprietorship.  This course provides the background for students seeking an entry-level accounting job, as well as for college-bound students who plan to enter the field of business.

ACCOUNTING II - 1 CREDIT - 10, 11, 12  Prerequisite: Accounting I  - This course continues the study of accounting principles and procedures started in Accounting Essentials I.  Students will study the accounting cycle for a merchandising partnership.  They will also be required to complete a business simulation for a merchandising partnership.

 ICCC INTRODUCTION TO ACCOUNTING (ACC-111) - 1 CREDIT AND 3 SEMESTER HOURS COLLEGE CREDIT - 11, 12  Suggested Preliminary Course: Accounting I and Accounting II - Students will receive instruction in analyzing and recording various business transactions and in completing the accounting cycle by journalizing, posting, preparing worksheets, making adjusting and closing entries, and preparing financial statements for service and merchandising businesses. Instruction will be provided for accounting for cash by using a petty cash fund, reconciling a bank statement, and utilizing the cash short and over account: calculating and journalizing employees’ payroll: and calculating and journalizing employer payroll taxes. No previous accounting instruction is necessary.

ICCC COMPUTERIZED ACCOUNTING (ACC-311) - 1 CREDIT AND 3 SEMESTER HOURS COLLEGE CREDIT - 11, 12  Suggested Preliminary Course: Accounting I and Accounting II   - This course is designed to provide the student experience in handling automated accounting in a number of areas. These include general ledger, accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, depreciation, inventory and accounting statement analysis. Simulation of business and its activities are processed through the entire accounting cycle culminating in the various accounting reports. The applications will be done on a computer.

PERSONAL FINANCE - 1 CREDIT - 11, 12   (Completion of this course fulfills the financial literacy requirement needed for graduation.)  - Personal Finance is a course designed to develop your ability to solve real world problems in order to become productive citizens and workers in a technological society. Areas of study will include personal financial planning, budgeting expenditures and savings, effective cash management, tax planning, proper use of credit, making major purchases, investments and insurance protection, retirement and estate planning, and decision-making skills for all aspects of life as consumers, producers, entrepreneurs, and economic citizens. Problem-solving applications, as well as a variety of instructional strategies, will be used to analyze and solve business problems.

MARKETING I - 1 CREDIT - 10, 11, 12   - In this course, you will learn what marketing is and how it helps connect businesses of all kinds to their customers. You will develop the skills of marketing to be used in any career path that you choose to follow. These include Marketing-Information Management, Selling, Pricing, Product/Service Management, Promotion, Financing, and Distribution. You will learn about the above functions of a well-managed business, plus the Foundations of Businesses: Communication and Interpersonal Skills; Business, Management and Entrepreneurship; Economics, and Professional Development (known as life-long learning).

SPORTS MARKETING - 1 CREDIT - 10, 11, 12  - Sports & Entertainment marketing is the process of developing, promoting, and distributing products to satisfy customers’ needs and wants through sports and entertainment.  This course will take you on a step-by-step journey through the world of marketing.  This course will cover the basic of functions marketing and how they are applied to sports and entertainment.  During this course there will be a focus on real-world business perspectives by using examples from the marketing world to illustrate features, concepts, and activities.

ADVERTISING & SALES - 1 CREDIT - 10, 11, 12   - In this course you will learn about selling and customer service. You will learn to determine the clients’ needs and wants, how they think and then to respond to the customer through planned, personalized communication that influences purchase decisions. Focus is on the steps of the selling process to better sell products and services, ideas and you.  Students will learn the basic advertising principles, media, psychology, and the relationship of sales promotion to the total marketing process. An emphasis will be placed on the business aspects of advertising.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT - 1 CREDIT - 11, 12   - In this course, you will learn what it takes to own and operate your own business or mange a business for the owners. You will learn everything from how to create the business, put the ideas onto paper, and then make your proposal to the investors.

INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER APPLICATIONS - 1 CREDIT - 9, 10, 11, 12 -  This is a one semester course designed to improve keyboarding skills through an in-depth utilization of Microsoft Word. Instead of creating a plain report, you can learn all features of Word and what this program can do to help you enhance your documents. The course will focus on keyboarding techniques, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. At the end of the course, students will be allowed to test for Microsoft Certification as a Word Specialist. Microsoft Certification is a globally recognized business certification.

CS50 - 1 CREDIT - 9, 10, 11, 12  Prerequisite: Algebra I  - CS50 is based on the Harvard course of the same name. In this class, students will be introduced to the fundamental aspects of computer science and programming. The ultimate goal for this course is for students to identify a problem or challenge present in the world today and attempt to solve that problem using computer science principles to then be presented at a computer science fair. To facilitate this students will dive into languages like C, JavaScript, HTML (which isn’t really a ‘language’ per se), and others as needed. The goal of the course is not mastery of any particular language, but rather giving students the ability to see the world through the lens of a computer scientist and feel empowered to identify and solve problems using those principles. The day to day structure of the course has been designed to, as closely as possible. mirror the real world of software development in progressive companies. Students both familiar and unfamiliar with computer science are welcome to take the course and whether you have or haven’t programmed before will not be a barrier to your success

LEAD - 1 CREDIT - 11, 12 - LEAD's project-based experiences engage individual and teams of students in a partnership with the workforce in solving real world problems and contributing to the betterment of our local and global community. Experiences include critical thinking, complex communication, creativity, collaboration, flexibility and adaptability, productivity and accountability. The student's learning will occur at the school and at the work site of the partnership organization. Student learning and performance will focus on 21st Century Employability Skills from the Iowa Core. Authentic problems will lead to project ideas and students' passions will be matched to projects. 

MULTI-OCCUPATIONS COOPERATIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM - 2 CREDITS - 11, 12   - The multi-occupations extended career experience is an unpaid, career-focused practicum during which students become directly involved in a local business. This experience provides an opportunity for a student to apply the skills obtained in high school to real work situations and to learn additional skills. This extended work experience will also help students define their career goals. This course combines classroom and site-based training. Students work at the business 6-10 hours per week for 18 weeks. Students also complete class assignments, learn workplace readiness skills and earn certifications through curriculum taught by the instructor. Students are carefully placed with businesses that provide them with an opportunity to explore careers in their personal area of interest. 

ON-THE-JOB TRAINING (2 CREDITS PER SEMESTER)  Co-requisite: Multi-Occupations Cooperative Education Program  - Multi-Occupations Cooperative Education On-The-Job Training will provide the students with the opportunity to put into practice those aptitudes, attitudes and skills which will assist them in becoming a successful employee.  This on-the-job training also provides the opportunity to secure work experience and possible employment in their chosen career field.  Students will be employed for a minimum of fifteen hours per week in a community or local area business.  The employer and program coordinator will use a specific rubric-type evaluation instrument to measure the student's success on the job.

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