•  2019-2020 School Year
    Business Education
     
    The Business Department is a rich elective area that provides students with the opportunity to explore careers in business, ranging from Technology and Accounting, to Law and Marketing.
     
    "Over 70% of the fastest growing fields are in the area of business" - Forbes.  Courses in the business department will prepare you to enter a wide variety of fields, while learning skills that can be used today.
     
    Business Education is COLLEGE READY. Earn up to 15 free college credits through the Ranger U program.  These classes include Principles of Marketing, College Introduction to Business, Business Computer Applications, Human Relations in Business, and Business Information Systems. Each class is three free college credits that can transfer with you after graduation. You can also complete the college class track and earn a Business Essentials Certificate through Pine Technical and Community College that can kick start you career! To earn the Business Essentials Certificate, students must also earn a 3, 4, or 5 on the AP Language and Composition Test or take and earn the credit for CIS Writing. 
     
     

    Courses Shown Below

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  • Web Design & Social Media Marketing
    Course: 2022
    Grade: 9-12 
    The fast paced world of web design is exciting and profitable, creative and fun. This is self-directed online course in a lab setting. Student will use a variety of software applications such as Gimp, Notepad++ and Bluegriffon. This project-based class will prepare students for a career and a future in a field that is always growing!
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    Personal Money Management
    Course: 2027
    Grade: 11-12 money management
    Prepare for financial success and learn to use Microsoft Excel. Students will compete with each other by picking stocks in an investing simulation. Students will work on practical applications like paying for college, managing credit, budgeting and purchasing a car. This course provides the skills students need to compete in today’s job market and handle personal finance. Students will make a plan for after they leave Forest Lake High School. They will complete actual applications for colleges and scholarships. This is a great course to help prepare for the future, and get off to a good start financially.
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    Business Information Systems
    (formerly: Today's Technologies)
    Course: 2040
    Grade: 10-12
    Prerequisite: PTCC requires students to meet one of the following assessments: ACT of 22 or higher, MCA reading score of 1047 or Accuplacer scores of 250+ in reading/arithmetic.  Seniors must be in the top 1/2 of their graduating class and a GPA of at least 2.5. Juniors in the top 1/3 of their graduating class and a GPA of at least 3.0.
    Ranger U Prerequisite: Successful completion of Accounting I
    This course introduces students to computer-based information systems within business organizations. Students will learn the strategic and administrative roles of information systems in business and explore how you can gain a competitive advantage!

    This class will earn THREE FREE COLLEGE CREDITS through Ranger U. This class also fulfills one of the five classes to earn a business essentials certificate though Pine Technical and Community College!

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    Business Computer Applications (formerly: Microsoft Office Suite)

    Course: 2050
    Grade: 10-12
    Prerequisite: PTCC requires students to meet one of the following assessments: ACT of 22 or higher, MCA reading score of 1047 or Accuplacer scores of 250+ in reading/arithmetic.  Seniors must be in the top 1/2 of their graduating class and a GPA of at least 2.5. Juniors in the top 1/3 of their graduating class and a GPA of at least 3.0.

    Ranger U There are over 500 million Microsoft Office users in the world! This class will teach the skills needed in this global marketplace. This project-based class will prepare students to create business documents using Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. Students will learn business productivity software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, databases and presentation graphics, as well as the principles of professional behavior in computing and business-oriented internet use.

    This class will earn THREE FREE COLLEGE CREDITS through Ranger U. This class also fulfills one of the five classes to earn a business essentials certificate though Pine Technical and Community College!

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    Accounting I
    Course: 2100
    Grade: 9-12
    Accounting is a class that every student will use in life. Everyone, personally or for a business, must plan ways to keep spending within available income. All persons must keep personal financial records. Accounting I will prepare students with the skills to help them understand the financial accounting of a business in their career choice and in their personal lives.
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    Accounting II
    Course: 2110
    Grade: 9-12
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Accounting I
    Many jobs are available in the accounting field. Many people use accounting as a means of earning a living. Students will use an accounting simulation to give them a realistic hands-on experience of the business world. After completing Accounting II, students will have gained enough marketable skills to begin an entry-level job as an accounting clerk. This course is a continuation of Accounting I and should be taken in succession for best results.
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    Computerized Accounting/Accounting III
    Course: 2120
    Grade: 10-12
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Accounting II
    Accurate accounting records contribute to business success and help to avoid failure and bankruptcy. An increasing amount of accounting work is done using computers. Accounting III emphasizes computerized accounting systems as well as advanced accounting concepts and principles. This class will serve as a good foundation for students who plan to continue accounting at the college level.

    Principles of Marketing (formerly: Marketing)
    Course: 2220
    Grade: 10-12
    Prerequisite: PTCC requires students to meet one of the following assessments: ACT of 22 or higher, MCA reading score of 1047 or Accuplacer scores of 250+ in reading/arithmetic.  Seniors must be in the top 1/2 of their graduating class and a GPA of at least 2.5. Juniors in the top 1/3 of their graduating class and a GPA of at least 3.0.

    Ranger U This class will explore the interactive and exciting field of marketing. This project-based class will explore the principles of marketing strategy planning, including target market and marketing mix variables, with emphasis on key strategy decisions in each area. Students will learn organizational marketing activities including consumer behavior, marketing research, social/cultural perspectives, legal and ethical issues, and environmental influences. The course will also cover implementation, control, marketing link with other functional areas, and the challenges and opportunities that exist for marketers. This class will earn THREE FREE COLLEGE CREDITS through Ranger U. This class fulfills one of the requirements for the business transfer pathway AS program through Pine Technical and Community College!

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    College Introduction to Business (formerly: Entrepreneurship)
    Course: 2230
    Grade: 10-12
    Prerequisite: PTCC requires students to meet one of the following assessments: ACT of 22 or higher, MCA reading score of 1047 or Accuplacer scores of 250+ in reading/arithmetic.  Seniors must be in the top 1/2 of their graduating class and a GPA of at least 2.5. Juniors in the top 1/3 of their graduating class and a GPA of at least 3.0.

    Ranger U Want to run your own business? This class encourages students to examine all the major steps involved in starting a new business: Ownership, Strategy, Finance, and Marketing. Develop a business plan and learn what it takes to get an entrepreneurial venture off to a good start.

    This class will earn THREE FREE COLLEGE CREDITS through Ranger U. This class also fulfills one of the five classes to earn a business essentials certificate though Pine Technical and Community College!

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    Human Relations in Business (formerly: Sales)
    Course: 2240
    Grade: 10-12
    Prerequisite: PTCC requires students to meet one of the following assessments: ACT of 22 or higher, MCA reading score of 1047 or Accuplacer scores of 250+ in reading/arithmetic.  Seniors must be in the top 1/2 of their graduating class and a GPA of at least 2.5. Juniors in the top 1/3 of their graduating class and a GPA of at least 3.0.

    Ranger U Ready to be the boss? This course introduces human relations principles, methods and skills applicable to management effectiveness and career success. Students will learn about principles and methods of organizational communication, professionalism, motivation, team building, conflict resolution, leadership, negotiation, cultural differences, and personal communication.

    This class will earn THREE FREE COLLEGE CREDITS through Ranger U. This class also fulfills one of the five classes to earn a business essentials certificate though Pine Technical and Community College!

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    K-9 police unit Business and Personal Law I
    Course: 2300
    Grade: 9-12 
    Ignorance is no excuse. What should be said to the police if someone is arrested? Take Personal Law I to learn the answers to the following questions and more. What is the difference between murder and manslaughter? When can a juvenile be tried as an adult in the state of Minnesota? These and other pertinent legal questions will be answered in this elective course. Topics include an introduction to law, fraud, negligence, property crimes, and crimes against people, with special emphasis on alcohol-related crimes such as drunk driving. The main emphasis of the course is to provide students with the legal information they will need to know as young adults in today’s society. The course includes guest speakers (when available), group activities, and an opportunity to visit the Washington County Jail. Year in and year out, this course continues to be the most popular elective at the high school.
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    Business and Personal Law II
    Course: 2310
    Grade: 9-12
    Personal Law is a course that will prepare students for future legal and practical life issues. Students will undoubtedly face challenges as they move into the adult world, and this course will help them develop skills needed to conquer them. Over one-half of the course material covers Constitutional issues, such as freedom of speech and religion, gun control, and the rights of the accused. The balance of the course deals with issues involving law enforcement, personal safety, the courts, prisons, and landlord/tenant law. Students will also study a unit on technology and social media laws. Year after year, Personal Law has been a very popular elective course. The material is both interesting and fun.
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    Business Leadership
    Course: 2316
    Grade: 11-12
    This is the chance to take the lead in business! This course will create an actual non profit business to be run and managed by students! This class will be designed to have a positive impact on the local community, while teaching skills that will propel students into the world of management and leadership. Get involved and make an impact!
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    Hospitality and Tourism Management
    Course: 2317
    Grade: 9-12 
    Have you ever wondered what it would take to run a hotel, restaurant or club? This course welcomes students into the exciting and diverse hospitality and tourism industry. While providing an understanding of the scope and complexity of the industry, the course covers key hospitality issues, management definitions, and career opportunities available in restaurants, hotels, beverage operations, sports venues, entertainment centers, cruise lines, and countless other hospitality and tourism business. Topics include introduction to management issues in all aspects of the hospitality industry, including human resources, customer service, operations, marketing, and planning. This course is an asset to any student interested in exploring career opportunities in hospitality and tourism industry