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*Articulation credit is available for many WOHS business courses.  The Business Department is able to articulate with the following higher education institutions:  Davenport University, Baker College, Muskegon Community College, and Grand Rapids Community College.  See the Business Department Chair for more information.

Accounting I

  • 10-12th grades
  • Elective
  • Two Semesters
  • Recommended  for college bound students wishing to pursue a major in Business
  • This course meets the credit for the senior math requirement.

Accounting will prepare the student for entry-level jobs in the field of bookkeeping and accounting. The student will work with both manual and computerized accounting. This course consists of approximately 20% course content (textbook) and 80% lab (workbook and simulation set).

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Accounting II

  • 11-12th grades
  • Elective
  • Two Semesters
  • Required background course: Accounting I with a "B" or better average.
  • This course meets the credit for the senior math requirement. 

Accounting II is for the student who shows an interest in accounting as a possible future occupation or secondary field of study at the post-secondary level. At the conclusion of this course, the student will have increased his/her ability to deal with accounting situations on a higher level. The course consists of approximately 20% course content (textbook) and 80% lab (workbook) and an advanced simulation set. The student is given actual experience in automated accounting.


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Accounting III

  • 12th grade
  • Elective
  • Two Semesters
  • Required background course: Accounting II with a “B” or better average.
  • This course meets the credit for the senior math requirement. 

Accounting III is for the student who shows an interest in accounting as a future occupation or field of study.  This course is structured for students who are self-directed learners.  The course consists of approximately 20% course content (textbook) and 80% lab (workbook) and a simulation set.


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Personal Finance 

  • 10th -12th grades
  • Elective
  • One Semester
  • Some sections will be offered as Online Learning: Blended Class
  • This course meets .5 credit toward the senior math requirement.
This course will expose students to the exciting world of personal finance.  Students will focus on income and expense management, credit, saving, investing, renting a residence, buying a residence, and purchasing a vehicle.  Course work will include projects and simulations through the use of word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software as well as online resources.  Students in this class will learn how to make wise decisions with regard to their personal economic well being.

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Advanced Personal Finance

  • 10th-12th grades
  • Elective
  • One Semester
  • Required background course: Personal Finance
  • This course meets .5 credit toward the senior math requirement.

Advanced Personal Finance will build on topics covered in Personal Finance.  Students will study tax preparation, investment options (stocks, bonds, and mutual funds), retirement planning, credit laws, calculating credit costs, insurance, and the career of a financial planner.  Course work will include projects and simulations through the use of word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software as well as online resources.  This course will help students to make wise decisions in regards to their personal finances in the future.


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Business Management I

  • ··        Some sections will be offered as Online Learning: Blended Class
  • ·         11th-12th grades
  • ·         Elective
  • ·         One Semester
  • ·         Recommended for college bound students wishing to pursue a major in Business         

This course provides an understanding of how business organizations work and are managed. Students will examine how the field of management is structured, the history of management, careers in management, ethics and social responsibility, business laws, how managers communicate, and how managers make decisions.


Business Management II

  • ·         Some sections will be offered as Online Learning: Blended Class
  • ·         11th-12th grades
  • ·         Elective
  • ·         One Semester
  • ·         Recommended for college bound students wishing to pursue a major in Business

Students will explore the areas of planning, organizing, and structuring the resources of a business.  Students will examine the various leadership roles of management.  Students will also discuss the importance of effective management of people and the proper motivational techniques to use in the work world.  Students will utilize a variety of real life business case studies in order to apply business content they are learning in the classroom.

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Marketing I

  • 10th-12th grades
  • Elective
  • Two Semesters
  • Recommended for college or career bound students wishing to pursue a major in Business or Marketing
  • Class is eligible for VPAA credit.

 This course is designed for students interested in pursuing marketing and business in college or as a career. Marketing students will study economics, sales, promotion, marketing, job development skills, product/service management and employer relations. Students are encouraged to become members of our local DECA chapter, a student organization designed to prepare students for the fields of marketing, management, and merchandising. Students will have an opportunity to work as employees of the WOZone, our school store, while some students will become managers. Job shadows may also be available. Students may obtain advanced placement credit at Grand Rapids Community College by maintaining a B or better in this course. 

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Sports and Entertainment Marketing

  • 11th-12th grades
  • Elective
  • Two Semesters
  • Recommended for college bound students wishing to pursue a major in Business
  • Class is eligible for VPAA credit.

The sports and entertainment industry has emerged as one of the leading occupational areas of the 21st Century.  Both categories cross all social, religious, and language barriers, therefore this is a great class for all students.  This is an introductory course for students who are interested in developing an understanding of the marketing concepts and theories that apply to sports and entertainment events.  The course will cover basic marketing, target marketing and segmentation, sponsorships, event marketing, promotions, sponsorship proposals, fundraising, and marketing plans.  Other concepts will include advertising, public relations, news writing, radio and television advertising and negotiation skills.  Students are encouraged to become members of our local DECA chapter, a student organization designed to prepare students for the fields of marketing, management, and merchandising.


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School Store Management/Advanced Marketing

  • 11th-12th grades
  • Elective
  • One Semester
  • Required background course:   Marketing I and/or Business Management A & B with a “B-” or better
  • Recommended background course:  Accounting I

Advanced Marketing is a continuation of Marketing 1. Curriculum includes management, the product mix, leadership styles, finance, distribution, promotion, and advanced sales. The focus of the course is on problem solving, group decision-making and critical thinking skills vital to success in marketing management positions. Students are encouraged to become members of our local DECA chapter, a student organization designed to prepare students for the fields of marketing, management, and merchandising. Students will have an opportunity to work as employees of the WOZone, our school store, while some students will become managers. Job shadows may also be available. Students may obtain advanced placement credit at Grand Rapids Community College by maintaining a B or better in this course.

 

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Personal Computing

  • 9th-12th grades
  • Elective
  • One Semester
  • This course meets .5 credit toward the senior math requirement
  • Recommended for all college bound students

This course is designed to develop and expand student abilities in the areas of word processing (Microsoft Word), spreadsheets (Excel), charting, database, presentation software (PowerPoint), desktop publishing, and multimedia projects, using real world situations.


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Advanced Personal Computing

  • 9th-12th grades
  • Elective
  • One Semester
  • Required background course:  Personal Computing with a C- or better
  • This course meets .5 credit toward the senior math requirement
  • Recommended for all college bound students
This course develops advanced techniques in word processing (Microsoft Word), spreadsheet (Excel), charting, database (Access), desktop publishing, and presentation software (PowerPoint).

 

Coding & Programming Applications I

  • 10th-12th grades
  • Elective
  • One Semester
  • Required background course:  A "C" or better in Algebra and/or approval of instructor
  • This course meets .5 credit toward senior math requirement.

Programming in Visual BASIC is designed for those students who are interested in creating computer programs. This course will deal with problem-solving methods involving a computer language.  Students will become familiar with the process for designing and developing a user-friendly program.  In addition, they will understand the structure and syntax of Visual BASIC, the process for debugging and refining a program, and the process of procedural thinking. 


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Coding & Programming Applications II

  • 10th-12th grades
  • Elective
  • One Semester
  • Required background course:  A "C" or better in Visual BASIC I and/or approval of instructor
  • This course meets .5 credit toward senior math requirement.

Programming in Visual BASIC II is designed for those students who are interested in continuing their study of computer programming using a computer language.  The course will deal with problem-solving methods that extend the student's understanding of the process for designing and developing a user-friendly program.  At a more advanced level, students will study the structure and syntax of Visual BASIC and will consider similarities among programming languages.  In addition, students will develop an understanding of the limitations in the development of a computer program and will develop an advanced programming project.


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Programming in C++

  • 10th-12th grades
  • Elective
  • One Semester
  • Required background course:  A "C" or better in Visual Basic II and/or approval of instructor
  • This course meets .5 credit toward senior math requirement.

Programming in C++ is designed for those students interested in creating advanced computer programs. This course will deal with problem-solving methods and provide an introduction to a professional programming language.

 

Web Page Design

  • 10th-12th grades
  • Elective
  • One Semester
  • Required background course:  A "C" or better in Visual Basic I and/or approval of instructor.

This course is designed for those students interested in studying web page design and creating web pages through a combination of commercial programs and the HTML language. Each student will also be responsible for assisting in specific areas of the West Ottawa School District’s web pages. These would include web page design and the gathering and selecting of appropriate materials on a weekly basis for web publication.


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Entrepreneurship

  • 12th grade
  • Elective
  • One Semester
  • Recommended for college bound students wishing to pursue a major in Business
  • Junior Achievement membership included

This course is designed for the student who hopes to own/operate their own business one day.  Students will build on the principles of entrepreneurship and develop an individualized business plan for a business of their choice along with participation in the Junior Achievement Be Entrepreneurial Program.  Instruction will also include an in depth look at financing, buying, marketing, sales, and customer service.  Students will be required to complete a job shadow and solicit guest speakers to add input to the class.  Once students complete their plan, they will need to meet with a financial officer to receive feedback on their performance.  All students must participate in Junior Achievement activities from both the instructor and outside business consultants.

  

IB Business Management SL

  • 11th-12th grade
  • Two Semesters
  • Recommended for college bound students wishing to pursue a major in Business
  • This course meets the credit toward senior math requirement.

Students will learn the dynamic nature of business and organizations throughout the world. Students will explore how and why organizations are formed; how to read and analyze financial statements; roles of individuals and groups in business; various marketing strategies, and current challenges business organizations face.  Specific units covered will include Business Organizations, Marketing, Human Resources, Accounting and Finance, and Operations Management.  This course is appropriate for students who plan to major or minor in business as part of their college/university program of study.

Students will complete a written commentary (maximum of 1,500 words).  The commentary will be based on three to five supporting documents about a real issue or problem facing a particular organization.  In the spring, students will sit for the IB Business Management exam.

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Tech Support Internship

  • 10th-12th grade
  • 1 or 2 semesters
  • Recommended for students interested in the field of technology and computer applications.
  • Course is eligible for VPAA requirement.
  • Check out the TSI website here: bit.ly/WOTSI
  • Click here to fill out application form, but must also register for course during February registration time.

The Tech Support Internship (TSI) is a year-long course that will support the (brand-new in 2016-17) West Ottawa High School 1:1 Technology environment. Students in TSI get experience working as real-world tech support for staff and students. The Tech Support Interns have three main objectives:

  1. To learn tech support skills through troubleshooting and repair of Chromebooks.
  2. To learn customer service skills by assisting the WO faculty and student body with technology and Chromebook related needs.
  3. To pursue independent learning pathways focused on business & technology.
TSI will provide an opportunity for students to be directly involved in our 1:1 Chromebook initiative. 
  • Student support:
    • Chromebook repair
    • Chromebook loaner rental
    • New student technology training
  • Staff support:
    • Equipment setup & organization 
    • Technology assistance during lessons

This course has been modeled after a Google Chromebook Pilot School, Leyden High School District 212 in Franklin Park, IL. Check out our video for more information.