The Business Technology Program offers training in areas related to the fast-paced, diverse, and exciting Business Environment. Students will be taught manual and computerized accounting using QuickBooks and TurboTax. They will also receive extensive training in the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and Powerpoint) and Google Drive. Additionally, computer maintenance, web page development and maintenance, social media, mobile technology, cloud computing, and collaboration platforms will be covered. Students will receive “all aspects of the industry” training featuring law, management, financial literacy, marketing, entrepreneurship, customer service and retail operations via the Northeast School Store. Eligible students may apply for a seat in the Reading Co-Op Bank branch on campus where they receive basic teller training in addition to a supplemental financial literacy program. All of this training will enable students to be well-rounded employees or entrepreneurs.
Skills: Knowledge: Abilities:
Writing Administrative/customer service Listening and comprehension
Listening English Effectively communication
Helpfulness Math – arithmetic, statistics Organization
Problem Solving Computers and technology Conscientiousness
Personality Traits for Business:
Attention to detail Analytical Thinking Independence/ Dependability
Integrity Achievement/Cooperation Concern for Others
Upon graduation, students are employable as:
Administrative Assistants Accounting Clerks Office Clerks Bank Tellers
Accountant Managers Bookkeepers Office Administrators AP/AR Clerks
Sales Representatives Receptionists Computer Support Real Estate Agents
Customer Service Specialists Payroll Specialists Computer Application Specialists
With additional training and education, students can obtain employment as the following:
Accountants Database Specialists Medical Office Assistants Market Research Analyst
Financial Analysts Financial Managers Operations Analyst Marketing Managers
Insurance Brokers Legal Assistants Real Estate Brokers Stock Brokers
Industry Affiliations: SKILLS USA, DECA
Industry Certifications available in High School: OSHA 10 hour General Industry Certification, Microsoft Office User Exam
College Credits toward post-secondary degrees can be earned through Articulation Agreements with:
MA BT Articulation Agreement One or more BT courses at a MA community college
New England Institute of Tech. MGT 127 Accounting 1 4 cr. / MGT 222 Accounting 2 4 cr.
North Shore Community College ACC 101 Basic Accounting 3 cr., CPS 100 Information Tech & Applic. 3 cr.
GRADE 9 EXPLORATORY – COURSE # BTX Students will be introduced to word processing, spreadsheet and presentation applications, accounting, online business simulations, finance, law, marketing, management, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and mobile technology. Additionally, there is an overview of high-paying and high-demand job opportunities available in the field.
GRADE 9 SHOP – COURSE # BTXF-16 Students will be exposed to all areas of the Business Technology Trade. Students will continue to build on their word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation computer skills. Students will be further exposed to accounting, finance, office administration, and mobile technology.
GRADE 10 SHOP – COURSE # BT2 Students will receive further training in the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel and Powerpoint), financial literacy, business projects, information technology, and Accounting 1. They will be introduced to entrepreneurship using mobile simulations. Occupational safety will be introduced, as well as online safety and security. All sophomores will sit for the OSHA 10-Hour card.
GRADE 10 RELATED – MARKETING – COURSE # BT2R The purpose of this course is to introduce students to pertinent marketing concepts and how they are impacted by them. The successful student will achieve the framework competencies listed below. Prerequisites for this include successful completion of the 9th-grade program. Students will be introduced to the following topics: marketing concepts, marketing strategy, the impact of research on marketing, and developing effective marketing plans.
GRADE 11 SHOP – COURSE # BT3 Students will receive intermediate training in the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and Powerpoint). They will be introduced to Accounting 2, retail operations, customer service, automated accounting using QuickBooks, and tax preparation using TurboTax. More independent work will be given to students to further all aspects of trade instruction. In the junior year, Business Technology students will begin to manage and operate the school store, reinforcing many of the marketing skills acquired previously. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to develop employability skills by working as aides in various offices throughout the building. Select students are chosen to work in the Reading Co-Operative Bank, where they receive additional training in financial literacy, in addition to teller training and hands-on customer service experience.
GRADE 11 RELATED – MANAGEMENT – COURSE # BT3R The purpose of this course is to introduce students to various aspects of business management. It is the objective of this course to prepare students for work in an office setting by illustrating broad business terms as well as specific work behaviors that are intended to attain and maintain employment in such a setting. Prerequisites for this include successful completion of the 10th-grade program. Students will be introduced to the following topics: Self-Esteem, Self-Development, Attitude, Image, Self-Management, Written Communication, Oral Communication, Nonverbal Communication, Communication Barriers, Listening Skills, Email Etiquette, Conflict Management, Business Meetings, Efficient Work Habits, Problem Solving, Customer Service, Diversity, Discrimination, Ethics, Looking for a Job, Applications and Interviews, Career Planning, Networking, Businesses, Entrepreneurship, Economics, Forms of Business Ownership, Management/Organizational Structure and Leadership.
GRADE 12 SHOP – COURSE # BT4 Key Microsoft Office Suite skills will be reinforced. In addition, students will receive intermediate training in automated accounting utilizing QuickBooks. Economics is introduced. Accounting 3 is offered. Students will be expected to be able to successfully work both independently and in group settings. Students will be instructed in the use of collaboration software and cloud computing utilizing Google Drive. Students will continue to have the opportunity to develop employability skills and real life training by working as aides in various offices and departments throughout the building, as well as the Reading Cooperative Bank and the School Store. Seniors will also complete comprehensive business plans of their choosing. Business Technology seniors are strongly encouraged to take advantage of Cooperative Education opportunities if they are qualified. Students can sit for the Microsoft Office User Exam.
GRADE 12 RELATED – BUSINESS LAW – COURSE # BT4R The purpose of this course is to introduce students to pertinent legal concepts and how their lives are impacted by them. Prerequisites for this include successful completion of the 11th grade program. Students will be introduced to the following topics: the Constitution, Ethics, Enforcement, Crimes, Torts, Contracts, Bankruptcy, Labor and Property Laws.
DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) – DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. Practice key leadership skills such as goal setting, consensus building and project management. Students have the opportunity to compete in over 50 events that are either role-play based or presentations of written papers. Events include the following business areas: marketing, finance, accounting, management, law and ethics, sports entertainment management, selling, hospitality and tourism, merchandising, franchising, entrepreneurship, consulting, and community-service based projects.