Business Education Department
Jolynn Sapia, Instructional Computer Director/Business Director
The Business Education department offers a strong elective program for students in our high schools. The department strives to provide students with the technical, problem solving, critical thinking, and analytical skills necessary for pursuing a college education, entering the workplace, and functioning in a global society. In the pursuit of these skills, the department works with students to assist them in becoming clear and effective communicators, self-directed and lifelong learners, and collaborative and quality workers. Whether a student is off to college or entering the work force, business courses provide an edge, exposing students to concepts, applications and skills needed to succeed in the workplace as well as in everyday life.
The classes have enriching field trips like this trip to Pier 54 Studios.
Business courses provide students a strong foundation and the skills necessary to be a knowledge worker. Students can take traditional business courses such as Business Ownership and Marketing, Accounting, Financial Decision Making, Career and Financial Management, Business Law and Advertising as well as Sports Marketing, Sports Management, and new this year, Financial Literacy and Skills for the 21st Century. In all classes students are actively engaged in learning through project-based work. For a full list of course descriptions click here. (For course brochures created by high school students as part of their marketing class, click here)
Business students have the opportunity to become members of the National Business Honor Society. This organization recognizes those students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in a secondary business/marketing program. The goals of the Business Honor Society are to create enthusiasm for learning, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership and to foster an interest in the world of business.
Other opportunities for students to practice and hone skills and knowledge acquired in Business classes are through the Distributed Education Clubs of America (DECA) and the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). DECA is designed specifically for students interested in marketing, management, and entrepreneurship while FBLA is an association of students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields. This organization provides students the opportunity to see how businesses operate. Both of these organizations hold regional, state and national competitions in which our students participate. Half Hollow Hills students consistently perform well in these competitions. See our list of current achievers . For a full list of clubs and activities click here.