Business Education prepares students for employment and/or continuing education opportunities in business through technical instruction in the classroom, experiential education in the laboratory, student internships, and through leadership and personal development by participating in student leadership organizations.
BUSINESS EDUCATION PATHWAYS
The Business Education Pathways are based on the national business and finance career cluster pathways. By taking Business Education courses, students develop the academic knowledge and technical skills to successfully advance to the fast-paced business world.
Business management and office/administrative support services is projected to be one of the fastest growing industries through the year 2018. In Utah, the annual growth rate for this occupation is expected to be 2 percent.
As technology in business advances and the complexity of business increases, so does the need for savvy business professionals. Throughout the state of Utah, business professionals are affecting and making significant contributions to the economic development of the state. In fact, professional and business services makeup nearly 13 percent of Utah’s employment base.
Below are the five Pathways in Business Education:
Accounting and Finance
Business Administrative Support
Business Technology Support
Our vision is to see that every student receives the academic knowledge and technical skills needed to be successful in a business career. Business Education students will develop essential career preparation skills through technical and experiential education, as well as personal leadership opportunities.
STUDENT LEADERSHIP ORGANIZATION
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is the student leadership organization for Business Education. FBLA provides students with opportunities for leadership, community involvement, business partnerships, and competition with other students in events ranging from Public Speaking to Job Interview to Parliamentary Procedures. There are two annual conferences—one focused on leadership for the school officers and one focused on competition for the members. The competition conference extends for three days and hosts over 1,200 students statewide. Winners from each of the forty events qualify to compete at the national level.
In 2010, 143 Utah students attended the FBLA National Leadership Conference, where 34 students placed in the top ten in the nation for their extraordinary achievement in their FBLA events.
CAREER PREPARATION/ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Each course in Business Education prepares students to advance toward higher education as well as acquire immediate job skills. Whether it’s business Web page design or creating a magazine layout in desktop publishing, students learn how to become productive employees and gain the skills to increase their earning potential while still in high school.
- Last year over 23,000 students graduated with a Skill Certificate in computer literacy, indicating a high degree of computer knowledge and ability.
- Last year 7,659 students were awarded a CTE Skill Certificate in Business, indicating a high level of performance.
STATE AND LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS
Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants
January 3, 2012