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Basic Computer Skills Semester (Freshmen - Senior)

Computer/Tech Skills (Year) (Freshmen - Senior)

Technology Skills for Life Semester (Freshmen - Senior)

MSO Office Word/Excel (Sophomore - Senior)

Innovations in Technology

Semester MSO Access/Powerpoint

(Sophomore - Senior)

(Sophomore - Senior)

Semester

Semester

Graphic/Web Design (Sophomore - Senior)

Semester

Accounting III

Accounting II Accounting

(Junior - Senior)

(Senior)

Year

Year *Prerequisite: Accounting I

Year *Prerequisite: Accounting II Independent Study

Money Management

Career Planning

Law & Justice

(Sophomore - Senior)

(Freshman - Senior)

Year

(Freshman – Senior)

Year

(Junior - Senior)

Semester

Business Co-op Work Experience (Sophomore - Senior) Students must be enrolled in one of the above courses to participate in this option.

Business Professionals of America (BPA) Business related activity open to all students currently or previously enrolled in Business classes.


Business Information Technology Education The ability to use computers to perform everyday tasks is one of the most important skills for the 21st Century. Business-related skills permeate every aspect of our lives, regardless of our chosen career field. These skills will also carry over into all other high school curriculum. In today’s technological world, business skills give the extra edge when competing for jobs whether in Montana, the United States, or the world. The Business program at Helena Capital helps to prepare students by placing emphasis on the development of each student’s ability and potential. Work ethic is expected and learned through everyday class procedures. A cooperative work experience is available to upper-level students; membership in Business Professionals of America, a co-curricular student organization, is an option. Tech Prep was redesigned last year from a regional course articulation model to a statewide course articulation model. It is now called the START program. The courses designated below have been approved for Articulation and can be found on the START website at: http://mus.edu/wd/default.asp . For most courses all that is required to start is for the instructor to fill out a registration form. If a student wants dual credit they must take an end of course assessment which is approximately $18.00 and pass with a minimum score of 70%.

7300 COMPUTER/TECH SKILLS

(Fr-Sr)

(1 Credit)

This is a year-long course that provides students with the opportunity to take both computer skills and Technology Skills for Life concurrently. The first semester will focus on basic keyboarding skills. The second semester will enhance their skills. See course descriptions for 7301 (Basic Computer Skills) & 7304 (Technology Skills for Life).

**Receiving credit for part-time employment through the co-op work program is an option for those enrolled in this class. 7301 BASIC COMPUTER SKILLS

(Fr–Sr)

(.5 Credit)

This course is designed for the student who has little or no keyboarding skills. This semester class will focus on learning the alphabetic and numeric keyboard and symbols by touch. Basic Computer Skills include learning computer operations using Windows software in a network environment. Using Word from Microsoft Office, students will create, write, and format personal documents such as letters, reports, resumes, tables, and memos. Grades are based on the quality of daily class work and projects, speed and accuracy, tests, and work habits.

**Receiving credit for part-time employment through the co-op work program is an option for those enrolled in this class. 7304 TECHNOLOGY SKILLS FOR LIFE

(Fr-Sr)

(.5 Credit)

This semester length course will focus on Spreadsheets, Databases, Microsoft Office Word, Powerpoint, and Publisher. Students will demonstrate the ability to create and design web pages, brochures, newspapers, etc. Students will also be exposed to voice recognition and adobe flash for animation. Prerequisite: Basic Computer Skills.

**Receiving credit for part-time employment through the co-op work program is an option for those enrolled in this class. 7307 OFFICE MANAGEMENT

(Soph-Sr)

(1 Credit)

Great class for those students who see management positions in their future. Instruction will include communication, leadership, presentation, scheduling,. An employment module will provide students with interview, job application, and portfolio skills. Grading reflects business standards and includes work habits, human-relation skills, self-motivation, and responsibility

**Receiving credit for part-time employment through the co-op work program is an option for those enrolled in this class.


7310 MONEY MANAGEMENT

(Fr-Sr)

(1 Credit)

Money Management will prepare you to make wise consumer decisions, prepare you for future employment, and teach you to apply business principles to your personal life. This course also serves as a background for other business courses you may take in high school and in college. Do you know how to manage a checking account? Will you run out of money before your bills are paid? Why does car insurance cost so much? How does the stock market work? Why do some pay less when they buy a car just like yours? Are you entitled to an income tax refund? Why is good credit so important? Should you sign a lease when you rent? Learn the answers to these questions and more! Good attendance is a must! Class work, homework, and tests are all part of the final grade.

**Receiving credit for part-time employment through the co-op work program is an option for those enrolled in this class. 7320 DESKTOP PUBLISHING

(So-Sr)

(.5 Credit)

Desktop Publishing combines text and graphics to produce professional-quality publications such as advertisements, newsletters, resumes, letterheads, awards, reports, brochures, and business cards. Students will produce documents that communicate effectively through good design and the application of basic concepts of desktop publishing. Adobe InDesign software will be used. Prerequisite: Computer Tech Skills or Basic Computer Skills

**Receiving credit for part-time employment through the co-op work program is an option for those enrolled in this class. 7322 GRAPHIC/WEB DESIGN

(So-Sr)

(.5 Credit)

Are you interested in acquiring greater skills in PhotoShop? You’ll learn to edit photographs and graphics to look like originals. In addition, it will be your responsibility to design, publish, and maintain a web page for Bruin Inc using Dreamweaver. Graphic/Web Design encourages creativity, independence, and design technique that was introduced in Desktop Publishing. You may even be asked to design an actual project for someone in the Helena Community. Students will also experience computer animation using Adobe Flash and Alice. Prerequisite: Computer Tech Skills or Basic Computer Skills

**Receiving credit for part-time employment through the co-op work program is an option for those enrolled in this class. 7330 CAREER PLANNING

(Fr-Sr)

(1 Credit)

Do you know what you’ll do with the rest of your life? Do you wonder if you will be successful in the career you think you want as an adult? Better yet, do you wish you even had a clue about what career you would enjoy? Have you started to think about what happens after high school? How much money does it take to live anyway? If you are interested in figuring out what you want out of life and becoming confident that you will be able to make that happen for yourself, sign up for Career Planning! YOU are the topic of study! Discover what aspects of your life should be looked at when choosing a career. This class is appropriate for all students whether college bound or not. You’ll end the year better equipped to make your life a success!

**Receiving credit for part-time employment through the co-op work program is an option for those enrolled in this class. 7340 LAW & JUSTICE

(Jr-Sr)

(.5 Credit)

No one – whatever age or occupation – can escape the influence and effects of law. By providing wide exposure to the legal rights and responsibilities of people in many circumstances, Law and Justice covers a broad base of everyday legal activities in which an individual is likely to become involved. Topics include criminal and civil law, contracts, consumer protection, and personal property. Many speakers from Helena’s legal community will visit the class. Students will participate in a mock trial. Law and Justice is NOT a prelaw course.

**Receiving credit for part-time employment through the co-op work program is an option for those enrolled in this class. 7351 INNOVATIONS IN TECHNOLOGY

(So-Sr)

(.5 Credit)

The emphasis in this course is to present students with the different technological devices that they are likely to encounter at school and on the job. These devices range from the voice activated and handwriting recognition devices, video cameras, quick take cameras, and Personal Data Assistant (PDA). Computer operating systems, storage devices, networks, and input/output devices will be explored. Web page design, internet etiquette and computer maintenance will be topics for discussion. This course is designed for students who have basic computer skills. Prerequisite: Computer Tech Skills or Basic Computer Skills

**Receiving credit for part-time employment through the co-op work program is an option for those enrolled in this class.


7360 Microsoft Office WORD/EXCEL

(So-Sr)

(.5 Credit)

From e-mail to ordinary correspondence, Microsoft Office has become a standard in today’s software. The focus of this class is to work through two of the main components of Microsoft Office (Word and Excel) with actual Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification as the expected outcome. MOS certification exams will be available and encouraged for student in order to strive toward certification in each or all of these areas. Certification makes students much more marketable in today’s competitive job market. Grading includes hands-on exercises, accuracy tests, and work habits. Prerequisite: Computer Tech Skills or Basic Computer Skills

**Receiving credit for part-time employment through the co-op work program is an option for those enrolled in this class. 7361 Microsoft Office ACCESS/POWERPOINT

(So-Sr)

(.5 Credit)

From e-mail to ordinary correspondence, Microsoft Office has become a standard in today’s software. The focus of this class is to work through two of the main components of Microsoft Office (Access and Powerpoint) with actual Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification as the expected outcome. MOS certification exams will be available and encouraged for student in order to strive toward certification in each or all of these areas. Certification makes students much more marketable in today’s competitive job market. Grading includes hands-on exercises, accuracy tests, and work habits. Prerequisite: Computer Tech Skills or Basic Computer Skills

**Receiving credit for part-time employment through the co-op work program is an option for those enrolled in this class. 7370 ACCOUNTING I

(So-Sr)

(1 Credit)

Accounting is the language of the business world. Accounting will help students understand the financial activities of a business and will better prepare them to keep personal financial records. Students will learn the basic principles of the accounting cycle from analyzing and recording everyday transactions to preparing and interpreting financial statements and supporting data. Activities from both a service and merchandising business will be emphasized. Attention will also be given to payroll deductions and related taxes. Students will do accounting manually and on a computerized integrated software package in a Windows environment.

**Receiving credit for part-time employment through the co-op work program is an option for those enrolled in this class. 7371 ACCOUNTING II

(Jr-Sr)

(1 Credit)

Accounting II is for students who plan to prepare for job-entry accounting in business offices, or who plan to enroll in related college or technology school courses. Accounting I concepts will be reinforced by applying acquired skills to complete simulations and automated projects. Students will develop financial spreadsheets using Microsoft Excel, and keep financial records for a business. Prerequisite: Accounting I

**Receiving credit for part-time employment through the co-op work program is an option for those enrolled in this class. 7374 ACCOUNTING III

(Jr-Sr)

(1 Credit)

Accounting III is a continuation of Accounting II for those students with an avid interest in choosing accounting or finance as a profession. Areas of study will include: advanced payroll, managerial accounting, cost accounting and not for profit accounting. Computerized accounting programs will be used in this course. Students will be given the opportunity for a professional job shadow. Prerequisite: Accounting I & II

**Receiving credit for part-time employment through the co-op work program is an option for those enrolled in this class. 7380 BUSINESS CO-OP WORK EXPERIENCE

(So-Sr)

(.5 or 1 Credit)

Cooperative business education is a program in which business students who, through a cooperative arrangement between the school and employers, receives classroom instruction and related on-the-job training in a business occupation. Students accepted for this program will be released from school one class period each day upon availability of employment, and will work in a Helena-area business for at least minimum wage. Students are graded on work hours, assignments, conferences, daily sign-ins, and work supervisor evaluations. Students furnish transportation and must be 16 years old to participate. Students in all business classes qualify. You must be 16 or older and have a job. Prerequisite: Instructor approval and signature


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