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Pathways

All MEC sites offer the Business and Technology pathway  and the Entrepreneurship pathway which consists of three classes each. Students have the opportunity to take the end of pathway assessment and earn an industry recognized credential. Three Microsoft Office Specialist Certifications and the Georgia Best Work Ethics Certification from the Georgia Department of Labor can be earned during the Business and Technology pathway . For specific standards in these courses, please go to the Georgia Department of Education website by clicking here.

Course Name

Pathway

MECHS Course Number

Platform

End of Pathway Assessment

 

 

Introduction to Business and Technology Entrepreneurship

07.4413030

TRAILS

NOCTI Management
Test

Legal Environment of Business

Entrepreneurship

06.41500

TRAILS

NOCTI Management
Test

Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship

06.41710

TRAILS

NOCTI Management
Test

Introduction to Career Competencies

Workforce Ready

32.43000

TRAILS

Many EOPA options are available.  

 

Business Management & Administration Career Cluster: Introduction to Business & Technology

Course Number 07.44130

Course Description

 Introduction to Business & Technology is the foundational course for Business and Technology, Entrepreneurship, and Human Resources Management pathways. The course is designed for high school students as a gateway to the career pathways above, and provides an overview of business and Technology skills required for today's business environment. Knowledge of business principles, the impact of financial decisions, and technology proficiencies demanded by business combine to establish the elements of this course. Emphasis is placed on developing proficient fundamental computer skills required for all career pathways. Students will learn essentials for working in a business environment, managing a business, and owning a business. The intention of this course is to prepare students to be successful both personally and professionally in an information-based society. Students will not only understand the concepts, but apply their knowledge to situations and defend their actions/decisions/choices through the knowledge and skills acquired in this course. Employability skills are integrated into activities, tasks, and projects throughout the course standards to demonstrate the skills required by business and industry. Competencies in the co-curricular student organization, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), are integral components of both the employability skills standards and content standards for this course. Various forms of technologies will be highlighted to expose students to the emerging technologies impacting the business world. Professional communication skills and practices, problem-solving, ethical and legal issues, and the impact of effective presentation skills are taught in this course as a foundational knowledge to prepare students to be college and career ready. Introduction to Business & Technology is a course that is appropriate for all high school students. After mastery of the standards in this course, students should be prepared to earn an industry recognized credential: Microsoft Office Specialist for Word Core Certification. The prerequisite for this course is advisor approval.

Business Management & Administration Career Cluster:  Legal Environment of Business

Course Number 06.41500

Course Description

Legal Environment of Business addresses statutes and regulations affecting businesses, families, and individuals. All students will benefit with the knowledge of business law as they will eventually assume roles as citizens, workers, and consumers in their communities and in society at large. Students will get an overview of business law while concentrating on the legal aspects of business ownership and management. Legal issues addressed include court procedures, contracts, torts, consumer law, employment law, environmental law, international law, ethics, and the role of the government in business. Students will not only understand the concepts, but will also apply their knowledge to situations and defend their actions, decisions, and choices. Various forms of technologies will be highlighted to expose students to the emerging technologies impacting the business world. Professional communication skills and practices, problem-solving, ethical and legal issues, and the impact of effective presentation skills are expanded in this course to prepare students to be college and career ready. Employability skills are integrated into activities, tasks, and projects throughout this course to demonstrate skills required by business and industry. Competencies in the co-curricular student organization, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), are integral components of both the employability skills and content standards of this course. Legal Environment of Business is the second course in the Entrepreneurship and Human Resources Management pathway in the Business Management & Administration Cluster. Students enrolled in this course should have successfully completed the first course in the pathway Introduction to Business & Technology.

Business Management and Administration Career Cluster:  Entrepreneurship

Course Number: 06.41610

Course Description

How do you turn an idea into a business? Experience just that in this course! Entrepreneurship focuses on recognizing a business opportunity, starting a business, operating and maintaining a business. Students will be exposed to the development of critical thinking, problem solving, and innovation in this course as they will either be the business owner or individuals working in a competitive job market in the future. Integration of accounting, finance, marketing, business management, legal and economic environments will be developed throughout projects in this course. Working to develop a business plan that includes structuring the organization, financing the organization, and managing information, operations, marketing, and human resources will be a focus in the course. Engaging students in the creation and management of a business and the challenges of being a small business owner will be fulfilled in this course. Various forms of technologies will be used to expose students to resources and application of business principles for starting, operating and maintaining a business. Professional communication skills and practices, problem-solving, ethical and legal issues, and the impact of effective presentation skills are enhanced in this course to prepare students to be college and career ready. Employability skills are integrated into activities, tasks, and projects throughout the course standards to demonstrate the skills required by business and industry. Competencies in the co-curricular student organization, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), are integral components of the employability skills standard for this course. Entrepreneurship is the third course in the pathway in the Business Management & Administration Cluster. Students enrolled in this course should have successfully completed Introduction to Business & Technology and Legal Environment of Business. After mastery of the standards in this course, students should be prepared to take the end of pathway assessment in this career area.

 

Workforce Ready Pathway:  Introduction to Career Competencies

Course Number:  32.43000

Course Description

In this course students acquire employability skills that ease their transition to the workforce. Specific skills within the course provide additional opportunities for students to sharpen academic and employability skills, financial literacy, multiple forms of communication strategies, mastery of technology and specific-related tools, workplace safety, and self-advocacy approaches. These essential skills and concepts need to be taught in an individualized basis to meet the academic and workplace skill-needs of students. Through participation in this career pathway, students will learn about the world of work by achieving academic challenges, participating in project-based learning activities, workplace enrichment experiences, and participation in a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) that provides inner-personal and group-related leadership skills.