Business and Emerging Technology

COURSES
Accounting I
Accounting is considered the language of the business world.  Accounting I offers the student instruction in the system of developing and maintaining accounting records.  The course is designed to prepare the college bound students in basic fundamentals, which will be encountered in the initial college course offerings.  It also will help the vocational business career student who will be required to possess skills in accounting fundamentals for job placement.  Members of the class become involved in the principles and methods of recording business transactions, the preparation and interpretation of financial statements, and the interpretation of fiscal reports. During the second semester, students will be introduced to electronic software used to complete their various assignments.

Accounting II
Accounting II expands on topics learned in Accounting I, while adding new topics about financial accounting, managerial accounting, and cost accounting.  This course will help qualify students for higher-level jobs and careers and provides an excellent background and preparation for college-bound business majors and accounting majors alike. Students will use computer and spreadsheet software to solve problems.

* As part of an articulation agreement, students completing this course as Tech Prep students may earn college credit at Berkshire Community College. (Pending Dual Enrollment with BCC)

Accounting III
Accounting III is an honors designated course designed to serve the needs of the student who requires a well-rounded accounting program, whether the student is preparing for a career in accounting or other types of management careers, both in and out of the business world.  The course is carefully planned to help the student master accounting in a logical and efficient manner.  The concepts advance steadily from the simple to the complex, from the familiar to the new.  Accounting III will help the student build a broad understanding of the business world by showing how accounting systems operate through the use of simulations, industry-used computer software and assignments designed to provide the students with real-life scenarios.  Students will address topics relevant in the business world today, including but not limited to financial statement analysis, corporate fraud, and various managerial accounting topics.
 
The successful completion of this course fulfills one year of the required three years of math, provided student scores 240+ on MCAS.

*As part of an articulation agreement, students completing this course as Tech Prep students may earn college credit at Berkshire Community College       
     
Computer Programming
This course focuses on introducing students to the concept of computer programming. The objective of this course is to teach students the logic and skills required for understanding computer programming. Students will use a variety of software applications to learn the basics, as well as begin to design and write simple computer programs.

Advanced Computer Programming
This course focuses on continuing the subject matter taught in Introduction to Computer Programming. The objective of this course is to expand on the topics of designing and writing programs. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to design, code, test, and debug programs using C++ programming language. Students in this course will also be expected to undertake and complete special projects related to coding. (Pending articulation and dual enrollment with BCC)

Computer Software Applications
Students use Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Access to prepare a variety of documents in a simulation.  Additionally, students will use Naviance to help them identify an area of interest that they feel they would like to pursue for a career.  They will prepare a resume, cover letter, job application, follow-up letters, and participate in a mock interview.

Cyber Literacy in the Digital Age
Do you want to be sure that you are safe from cyber-crime and security?  You will learn how to protect yourself from threats both in the home and in the workplace. Working safely on the Internet is a focus of our studies, including topics such as transacting business, communicating via instant messaging, and using portable, wireless USB devices, as well as using media files and third-party software. You will be presented with concepts and real cases that are relevant to the virtual world you now live in. 

Entrepreneurship
In this hands-on course, students will learn the step-by-step process of owning your own business. You will design, develop, and create a product (or service) to sell. The students will also determine who their customers are, learn how to market the business, to obtain financing, and to manage their employees.  As time allows, they will complete a computerized business simulation to run a virtual restaurant.

Personal Money Management
Do you want to live at home forever? Do you want to have the latest technology but are sick of asking others for money? How does working until you are in your 80s sound to you? Personal Management is a semester-long course designed for students to actively learn life-long skills to help achieve personal financial success. Topics covered include but are not limited to: budgeting, understanding the banking system, long-term saving and investing, understanding credit, personal risk management, and taxes. The course also includes a technological component as students will complete an online simulation as well as continuously hone their skills through the use of Microsoft Office software. (Pending Articulation and Dual Enrollment with BCC)

Video Game Design
This course focuses on the fundamentals of the theory and development of video games. Students will utilize math, science and technology skills to design, code, test and debug video games using game making software. Experience in computer programming is not required but is useful.

Robotics
Through the use of robots, students will explore the fundamentals of problem solving, program design, algorithms and programming. Students will be designing, building, and programming robots while building problem-solving, organization, and team-building skills. This course is designed to focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts.
Sports and Entertainment Marketing

Computer Building & Repair
This course will offer students the opportunity to learn about computer technology through a hands-on approach.  As the computer industry is a rapidly changing environment, students will learn how to recognize old and new computer components, safely build or modify computer systems, diagnose and repair problems, and provide exceptional user support.

Students continuing on for a second year may participate in internship opportunities via the CBRSD Information Technology Center.   

Computer Graphics & Web Design
Students taking this course will use the Adobe Creative Suite (Dreamweaver, Photoshop, InDesign, Flash and Fireworks) to create fully functioning, visually enhanced, and information rich web-based content. Topics covered will include: photo editing, graphic design, computer animation, web page design, and electronic publishing. Students taking this course will use the Adobe Creative Suite to create fully functioning websites. 

Sports & Entertainment Marketing

In today's economy, it is estimated that companies worldwide spend over $250 billion on marketing and advertising each year. Marketing and advertising plays an incredibly important role in the success of a business. This course teaches students these marketing concepts with a focus on the sports and entertainment industry. Topics covered include: the product mix, the economies of supply and demand, advertising and placement, target markets, and marketing legal issues.


Work Study/Internship
Work-based learning is an instructional strategy that is essential in preparing all students for success in postsecondary education and future careers. The Work-Study/Internship Program at Wahconah is designed, in cooperation with the Guidance Department, the Berkshire Regional Employment Board, and local employers to provide both college and career connecting opportunities for juniors and seniors, along with opportunities for skill development and direct application. 

All work-based learning experiences involve interactions with industry and community professionals and are linked to school-based instruction. These learning experiences are designed to help students apply classroom learning while experiencing learning opportunities that are difficult to achieve through classroom instruction alone. 

The Work Study/Internship Program offers students the opportunity to earn credit for work-related experiences as both paid and unpaid internships. Students who take advantage of the program will receive individualized vocational skills training, as well as instruction in the many facets of their chosen occupational area and establish good employer references. 

The program is offered in various formats, which range from half day school/half day work, to other in-school, after school, evening, and summer options. 
 

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