A school store is being built that will allow students in the Administrative Sciences and Business Technology program to gain real world experience with marketing, finance, and entrepreneurship. Joseph McCabe and Patrick Doherty, graduating students in the Building Trades Occupations program, have been assisting with this endeavor.
Description: The Administrative Sciences & Business Technology program is designed to prepare students to support the functions of daily business activities. Students will learn procedures and technology related to business management, entrepreneurship, marketing, and finance. By providing high-level administrative support in conducting research,preparing statistical reports, handling information requests, and performing clerical functions such as preparing correspondence, receiving visitors,arranging conference calls, and scheduling meetings, students will acquire skills necessary in any business or office environment. Students will learn to operate a variety of office equipment, such as fax machines,photocopiers, scanners, and videoconferencing and telephone systems. Software programs taught include Microsoft Word, Excel,PowerPoint, Access, and Publisher.
Students will learn the significant lessons and business functions involved in running a successful school-based enterprise, as well as the interpersonal skills required in any position. Students will study accounting,research, promotion, planning, managing, and selling; then learn to translate that knowledge into success in their own school store. Students also will learn basic accounting, including recording transactions in a general journal, financial statements, adjusting and closing entries, and preparing payroll records. Computerized accounting is introduced using QuickBooks Pro. An opportunity to develop a business plan and market a business is included. Instruction on teamwork, professionalism, public speaking,and presenting is also offered to give students the essential soft skills needed in today's workforce.
Certifications: Students will prepare to take the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certifications in Word,Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
College Advanced Credits: This program has formal articulation agreements with Bucks County Community College that provides 3 advanced credits toward an Associate of Science degree; Harcum College that provides 12 advanced credits toward an Associate of Science degree; Montgomery County Community College that provides 9 advanced credits toward an Associate of Science degree; and Penn College of Technology, which provides advanced credits upon review.