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Business Management & Administration

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Core business operations and functions

Whether your child is looking at a career in accounting, sharpening design skills for marketing, or embarking on their own journey as an entrepreneur—our career and college prep program has a path to suit them. Students learn the core foundations of business operations and functions while building a variety of leadership and management skills in this pathway as they go.

Career pathways include:

Administrative Support Pathway

All organizations, not just businesses, require administrative support, making this a versatile career. In this pathway, students learn how to manage tasks and communications efficiently so organizations can thrive.

Students will:

  • Explore career opportunities through administrative skills,
  • Develop the computer skills needed for administrative tasks,
  • Learn basic accounting to support businesses.

Business Finance Pathway

Your child could help a business reach new heights with a career in business finance. This pathway guides students through the fundamentals of finance, accounting, and useful computer programs. They discover what it means to manage finances for businesses and how to play an important part in their financial success. This pathway is a great way to get a head start on becoming a certified public accountant (CPA) or start a career in basic accounting.

Students will:

  • Explore financial best practices for successful businesses
  • Learn accounting skills and see how they relate to running a business
  • Develop the computer skills needed to complete finance projects

Entrepreneurship Pathway

As entrepreneurs, high school students are dreaming big and doing side-jobs to earn income and gain experience. They’re using skills and passions to help other businesses and learning how to launch new organizations to solve problems. The Entrepreneurships Pathway supports students no matter where they’re at in their journey.

Students will:

  • Explore what makes a business successful
  • Learn how to promote a business and get noticed
  • Discover what it takes to launch and grow a business
  • Develop communication, networking, negotiation, and technology skills.

General Management Pathway

Students in this pathway discover how to manage a team and how to help a business become more profitable and efficient. Courses include project-based learning to give a hands-on experience in developing skills for the 21st century—leadership, communication, teamwork, creative problem solving, and critical thinking skills.

Students will:

  • Discover how teamwork contributes to the success of businesses
  • Develop leadership skills to build and manage productive teams
  • Learn the computer skills necessary to complete business goals.

Human Resources Management Pathway

Just about every company needs a human resources department, even if they’re relatively small. Students in this pathway learn about the strategic role HR plays as a liaison between the administration and the employees. Courses prepare students for staffing activities that involve planning, recruitment, selection, orientation, training, performance appraisal, compensation, and safety of employees.

What could my future look like in this career field?*

*Data is from Lightcast and is updated frequently.


Curious about business careers or exploring education options? Read some of our most frequently asked questions.

Connect with Industry Professionals

Students virtually connect with industry professionals and see how lessons in the classroom apply to the real world.

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Gain Real-World Experience

See how project-based learning helps students tackle real business challenges.

*The career and college prep program is offered to eligible high school students. Some schools also offer career exploration in middle school.
**Many Microsoft®️ Office certificates can be earned after completing one course. Other certificates require more classes to be better prepared, and students who participate in the program for at least two years will have further preparation for certification testing.
***Opportunities vary by school; please visit your school page or check with your school counselor.