Business Professional & Office Technology

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Business professionals are in demand and this program will provide students the opportunity to develop an understanding of current business concepts and practices. While learning the latest office management skills, you will become proficient in Microsoft Office, computer operations, business communications, Internet research, data entry, customer service, employability skills and professionalism. Business topics include: personal finance/accounting, business law, management, entrepreneurship, marketing, economics, technology, management, human resources and customer relationships. A career in business is not always straightforward so there are more opportunities for specialization than in most other fields. Choose a specialization that fits your personality and career goals.

Business professionals need to have strong technical and interpersonal skills, work well in a team environment, exhibit good work ethics and strong management skills. Office environments are becoming more automated due to the growth of technology and students need to be able to meet this challenge with strong technical skills.

Students will be a member of Business Professionals of America (BPA) which will provide them with the opportunity to participate in business-related competitions. They will also participate in Junior Achievement (JA) and Dave Ramsey’s Foundations in Personal Finance program. Students will strive toward the Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3) and Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certifications.

High School Credit Junior Year
Business Professional & Office Technology: 2.0, Technology: .5, English: 1.0, Finance: .5

Current Program Fees:

Junior: $200.00

Senior: $  70.00

Program Resources

Business Professional & Office Technology 2014-2015 Advisory Members

Mr. Charles Grimm, PNC Wealth Management
Ms. Sandy Heath, Heath & Associates, Inc.
Ms. Jaclyn Kostos, New York Community Bank
Mr. Mark Ramunno, F Sqward Investments
Ms. Christine Steiger, Cleveland Metroparks
Ms. Tara Vozar, Kelly Services, Inc.
Ms. Rebecca Wyatt, Ohio College Tech Prep Northeast Regional Center
Ms. Melissa Yoby, SGT, Inc.

Teacher: Beth Pagan

Email: bpagan@polaris.edu

Education: Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction – Ashland University
Bachelor’s Plus Program (Vocational Business License) – Ashland University
B.S. in Accounting – University of Akron
Certifications: Vocational/Integrated Business 7-12
Years at Polaris: 2
Industry Experience: Taught business/technology classes at North Ridgeville City Schools, Elyria City Schools and Lorain County Community College
Auditor for Ernst & Young
Interests/Hobbies: Enjoys spending time with her three kids, traveling, reading and attending sporting events.

Skills

Word processing, spreadsheet, presentation software
Computer Operation
Filing
Internet research
Telephone system operation
Accounting
Bookkeeping
Office equipment operation
Schedule coordination and management

Career Options

Executive Secretary
General Business/Office Assistant
Office Manager
Accounts Payable/Receivable
Data Entry
Customer Service
Banker/Teller
Human Resources

Certifications:

*Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3)

  • Computing Fundamentals
    –Hardware, Software, Operating Systems
  • Key Applications – Word Processing, Spreadsheet, Presentation
  • Living Online – Networks, Internet, Electronic Mail

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)

  • Word (core/expert)
  • Excel (core/expert)
  • PowerPoint
  • Outlook