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.
|Writing||Administrative/customer service||Listening and comprehension|
|Problem-Solving||Math – arithmetic, statistics||Organization|
|Helpfulness||Computers and technology||Conscientiousness|
Personality Traits for Business:
|Attention to detail||Analytical Thinking||Independence/Dependability|
|Integrity||Achievement/Effort/Cooperation||Concern for Others|
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES: Upon graduation, students are immediately employable as:
|Administrative Assistants||Accounting Clerks||Office Clerks|
|Account Managers||Bookkeepers||Office Administrators|
|AP/AR Clerks||Computer Application Specialists||Real Estate Agents|
|Bank Tellers||Customer Service Representatives||Payroll Specialists|
|Computer Support Specialists||Sales Representatives||Receptionists|
With additional training and education, students can obtain employment as the following:
|Accountants||Database Specialists||Medical Office Assistants|
|Financial Analysts||Financial Managers||Operations Analyst|
|Insurance Brokers||Legal Assistants||Real Estate Brokers|
|Market Research Analyst||Marketing Managers||Stock Brokers|
CONNECTIONS TO WORK AND HIGHER EDUCATION
Industry Affiliations: SKILLS USA, DECA
Industry Certifications available in High School: OSHA 10 hour General Industry Certification
College Credits toward post-secondary certifications/degrees can be earned through Articulation Agreements with:
|MA State 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.|
BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY : COURSE OF STUDY
GRADE 9 EXPLORATORY – COURSE # – BTX 1.4 CREDITS During the Freshman Exploratory, students will be introduced to word processing applications, spreadsheet applications, presentation application, accounting, online business simulations, finance, law, marketing, management, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, computer hardware 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 4 CREDITS New 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 introduced to accounting, finance, marketing, management, office administration, and mobile technology. Basic occupational safety will be covered.
GRADE 10 SHOP – COURSE # – BT2 20 CREDITS During the sophomore year, students will receive further training in the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel and Powerpoint), marketing, financial literacy, business projects, information technology, and all aspects of the trade. They will be introduced to entrepreneurship using mobile simulations. Computer networking and hardware topics will also be introduced. 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 – COURSE # – BT2R 5 CREDITS This course introduces students to traditional accounting concepts and terminology. It covers in detail the entire accounting cycle from basic transactions to closing entries. Students are also introduced to key information technology concepts. The accounting pertains to a sole-proprietorship service business.
GRADE 11 SHOP – COURSE # – BT3 25 CREDITS During the junior year, students will receive intermediate training in the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and Powerpoint). They will be introduced to management, retail operations, customer service, basic computer hardware maintenance, automated accounting using QuickBooks, and tax preparation using Turbo Tax. Additional training in computer hardware and maintenance is also featured. More independent work will be given to students to further all aspects of the trade instruction. In the junior year, Business Technology students will begin to manage and operate the school store, thus 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. Intermediate occupational safety is covered, as well as online safety and security. Co-op is available during 4 th term.
GRADE 11 RELATED – COURSE # BT3R 5 CREDITS In this course, students build upon what was introduced during the sophomore year. Students will receive intermediate training in manual accounting, which will further prepare them for entry-level employment in the business and/or accounting fields. Students will prepare ledgers, payroll reports and financial statements. The accounting pertains to a sales and service partnership.
GRADE 12 SHOP – COURSE # – BT4 25 CREDITS During the senior year, key Microsoft Office Suite skills will be reinforced. In addition, they will receive intermediate training in automated accounting utilizing QuickBooks. Business Projects are utilized as a way to further all aspects of the trade instruction. Economics will also be introduced. Students will 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. Further training in computer hardware and maintenance will be offered. Advanced occupational safety is covered, as well as online safety and security. 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. 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. 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. Cooperative Education jobs are available in a variety of fields, as the skills learned throughout the program are highly transferable to many industries. The Business Technology program prepares and strongly encourages our graduates to continue their education at the postsecondary level.
GRADE 12 RELATED – COURSE # – BT4R 5 CREDITS An advanced course that will reinforce the concepts learned in the previous two years of related, this course will focus on accounting for a merchandising corporation. Depreciation and inventory valuation will be introduced. The course is designed to prepare students for a college-level Introduction to Accounting Course.