Technical Education Courses

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Career and Financial Management

1 unit  |  full year  |  Grades 11-12
This course is designed to provide students with transferable skills essential to all occupations and encourage students to explore various occupational areas. Students will complete a career research project, a resume and cover letter, and a checking account project. They will learn the fundamentals of personal economics, including using credit wisely; starting a savings program; keeping tax records; and the fundamentals of vehicle, property, life, and health insurances. Students will participate in career self-assessments, explore a variety of careers and industries, discuss college options, and learn the skills and competencies needed for future success. This course is beneficial and informative for all students, no matter their career aspirations.

Math and Financial Applications

1 unit  |  full year  |  Grades 11-12
This full-year course was developed to equip high school students with the knowledge and skills needed to manage their personal finances in the complex financial world in which we all live. All students, regardless of the careers they choose, must have a working knowledge of the fundamentals of financial planning and can benefit from learning how to manage their personal financial affairs. Topics will include managing money through budgeting, banking, checking and savings accounts, employee benefits, insurance options, the use of credit, renting an apartment and purchasing real estate, analyzing and understanding paychecks and income taxes, as well as costs associated with owning a vehicle. The skills learned in this class will benefit the student for life. This course may be used as either a business or math credit.

Personal Finance

½ unit  |  half year  |  Grade 12
This course will give students the knowledge and general understanding of all key aspects of personal finance necessary for them to be financially successful now and throughout their adult lives. They will understand the definition of personal finance, the importance of and need for personal finance skills, the importance of setting financial goals, and the relationship between financial and personal goals. This course includes real-world activities that will enable students to be knowledgeable and make well-informed personal and consumer decisions. Topics include how to make career choices; how to earn an income; understanding state and federal taxes; how to budget one’s finances; balancing a checkbook; savings and investing; planning for retirement; understanding loans and borrowing money; understanding interest; credit card debt; online commerce; understanding identity fraud and theft; rights and responsibilities when renting or buying a home; understanding health, life, auto and home insurances; understanding bankruptcy; and how to purchase or lease an automobile.

Work-Based Learning Program

1 unit  |  full year  |  Grades 10-12
The Work-Based Learning Program was developed to give students opportunities to gain experience in real-world work settings, along with the necessary support for them to be successful. The goal of this program is to provide community-based instruction to increase students’ independence, work readiness and employability skills. Community employers are an important partner in this program. Employers who participate in the program allow one or more students to work at their offices, storefronts, restaurants, warehouses and factories, with supervision of the students provided by school staff as needed. Students are not hired by the employer, but they are learning and training at an actual work site. Area employers interested in participating in this program should contact the high school counseling office at 954-2620.