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Academy INC

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Academy INC is a two year program that offers students College Credit opportunities in addition to unique hands-on learning opportunities through a personalized, innovative lab experience.  Students in grades 9-12 are welcome to join the class.  The Academy INC program offers four courses for students.  Students do not have to take all four courses, but they do need to take courses in sequential order.

1)  Customer Service & Sales

Credits Available:

High School:         1 Credit

College:                  3 Credit Hours, MKTG 1230, Articulated/ Columbus State Community College

Prerequisites: None

Sequence: This course is taken first semester, first year

Course Description: MKTG 1230 provides an introduction to the sales process and the key role that sales activities play in any consumer or commercial business endeavor.  Students learn the basic components of selling including understanding customer psychology and building customer relationships.  This course also emphasizes the importance of issues facing customer service providers and customer service managers in business.  A special emphasis is placed on the mastery of specific skills and analyzing customer attitudes and behaviors to determine the tasks required to deliver excellent customer service.

Lab Experience:  The lab experience for this class allows students the opportunity to be part of the class business.  The class business is an entirely student-led business that incorporates online, face-to-face, and business-to-business sales.  During lab time, students meet with customers, process orders, and manage logistics of the class business in order to practice their customer service and sales skills.  Students will also have the opportunity to participate in business tours and to interact with guest speakers from a variety of business backgrounds.  In addition, students have the opportunity to participate in Business Professionals of America, a co-curricular club that allows students to serve in their local communities and to compete in a wide variety of business related contests at regional, state, and national levels.

During this course, students wishing to receive College Credit Plus for the 3 proceeding courses will be tested for “College Readiness” during class. 

 

2) Personal Finance

Credit Available:                

High School:         1 Credit

                This course also fulfills the Financial Literacy requirement for High School.

College:                  3 Credit Hours, FMGT 1101, College Credit Plus

Prerequisites:  Students must test “College Ready” on Columbus State Placement Test to be eligible to receive College Credit Plus.  If students do not test “College Ready,” students may still take the class, but are not able to receive College Credit.  Testing is completed during first semester, first year (Customer Service & Sales).

Sequence: This course is taken second semester, first year

Course Description:  This course presents a lifetime program of money management for the individual.  Topics such as budgets, savings, job search, buying a house, insurance, mutual funds, stock market, real estate investments, taxes, and estate planning are uncovered.  Students will be able to write a basic financial plan.  This course fulfills the financial literacy requirement for high school graduation.

Lab Experience:  The lab experience allows students to practice their customer service and sales skills in one of two ways: either by continuing their semester-one lab experience in the class business or by creating their own lab experience in an area business.  Students choosing to continue their lab experience in the class business have the opportunity to be elevated to Sales Managers and Service Managers and take on more learning opportunities and a wider variety of projects.  Students choosing to create their own lab experience in an area business would work with the course instructor and a local business to create a job-shadowing experience.  Students will also have the opportunity to participate in business tours and to interact with guest speakers from a variety of business backgrounds.  In addition, students have the opportunity to participate in Business Professionals of America, a co-curricular club that allows students to serve in their local communities and to compete in a wide variety of business related contests at regional, state, and national levels.

 

3) 21st Century Workplace Skills

Credit Available:

High School:         1 Credits

College Credit:      3 Credit Hours, BMGT 1008, College Credit Plus

Prerequisites:  None

Sequence:  This course is taken first semester, second year

Course Description:  Students learn contemporary skills needed to effectively compete in a rapidly changing global workplace environment.  A survey of interpersonal communication, conflict resolution, teamwork, problem solving, ethics, professional development, and leadership is included.

Lab Experience:  The lab experience for this class allows students the opportunity to be part of the class business in a management role.  The class business is an entirely student-led business that incorporates online, face-to-face, and business-to-business sales.  During lab time, students have the opportunity to focus on accounting and finance, marketing, and management practices within the class business.  Students will also have the opportunity to participate in business tours and to interact with guest speakers from a variety of business backgrounds.  In addition, students have the opportunity to participate in Business Professionals of America, a co-curricular club that allows students to serve in their local communities and to compete in a wide variety of business related contests at regional, state, and national levels.

 

4) Principles of Business

Credit Available:

High School:         1 Credit

College Credit:      3 Credit Hours, BMGTT 1101, College Credit Plus

Prerequisites: Students must test “College Ready” on Columbus State Placement Test to be eligible to receive College Credit Plus.  If students do not test “College Ready,” students may still take the class, but are not able to receive College Credit.

Sequence: This course is taken second semester, second year

Course Description:  This course provides an overview of the various functions and activities of business enterprises.  Marketing, human resources, accounting, finance, and operations are examined.  Additionally, the topics of globalization and economics are covered.  Students will learn important business terms and concepts.

Lab Experience:  The lab experience for this class allows students the opportunity to practice their skills in accounting and finance, marketing, and management in one of two ways: by continuing their management experience in the class business, or by securing a similar lab experience through a local business.    Students choosing the first option of continuing their role in the class business will have the opportunity to participate in strategic planning and future forecasting for the class business.  Students choosing the second option of securing their own lab experience through a local business will create a professional portfolio of their off-site experience.  Students will also have the opportunity to participate in business tours and to interact with guest speakers from a variety of business backgrounds.  In addition, students have the opportunity to participate in Business Professionals of America, a co-curricular club that allows students to serve in their local communities and to compete in a wide variety of business related contests at regional, state, and national levels.