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Prepare for a career in Business Management or Financial Services.

“When I joined the Business Academy here…it sparked the interest. I got into the bank program and just loved it. I wanted to be back at the place where I first started.

Matthew Martin
Branch Manager – Union Bank, McLane High School
Finance & Entrepreneurship Academy Alumni

Overview

Pathways in the Business and Finance sector prepare graduates to work in business as accountants, analysts, managers, business owners, and more.

Students may have the opportunity to receive college credit and industry recognized certifications as well as participate in paid and unpaid internships.

Business and Finance

Sample Business and Finance Courses

This course is a capstone course that prepares students for a variety of entry-level positions with banks, credit unions, insurance companies, finance companies, and savings associations. Areas of instruction and on-the-job experience includes teller duties, finance terminology, check cashing, deposit, customer sales and service, etc. Math is integrated throughout the course on a daily basis through class instruction and financial industry application. Students also receive an overview of micro- and macro-economics. They will study supply and demand, the Federal Reserve System, business organizations and market structure, labor and government including taxation by state and federal governments, the stock market, and international transactions, GDP, income distribution, unemployment inflation, and monetary and fiscal policy. Communication and customer service skills are practiced and fine-tuned throughout the course.

This is a practical course that deals with basic real-life problems: budgeting, credit, insurance, and consumer law. Students will learn to analyze, apply, interpret, and communicate financial concepts that are used in a global society.

This course explores leadership styles, economics, personal finance, and soft skills, while providing a background in business. Students engage with their peers, business professionals, and their community to actively practice the 21st Century skills of Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, and Critical Thinking.

This course introduces students to key business concepts found in the Business Management, Financial Services, and International Business pathways. Students are introduced to the financial world and develop financial literacy through the study of income and wealth; financial institutions; how businesses raise capital; and study key investment-related terms and concepts. Students learn key concepts for managerial accounting, including manufacturing and cost accounting and budgeting. Students develop an understanding of how and why businesses choose to expand operations into other countries. Students examine careers in business, both as employees and as business owners.

This course is a capstone course that prepares students for a variety of entry-level positions with banks, credit unions, insurance companies, finance companies, and savings associations. Areas of instruction and on-the-job experience include: teller duties, finance terminology, check cashing, deposits, customer sales and service, etc. Math is integrated throughout the course on a daily basis through class instruction and financial industry application. Students also receive an overview of micro- and macro-economics. This course is the hands-on Work-Based Learning experience CTE course that is taken in conjunction with the Banking and Finance capstone course. Students earn 37 banking skills certificates as part of this program, and work in the High School Student-Run Branch Banking Program by Union Bank which was designed to serve communities while promoting financial education and giving high school students insight into the world of banking as well as leadership and professional development.

This course will expose students to the career readiness skills needed for a successful internship and prepare them for the world of work. An internship is a work-based learning experience that provides students the opportunity to apply their technical and academic skills in a professional setting. Students will develop and practice an understanding of the duties and responsibilities of high-skilled career areas, including terminology, climate, protocol, and other information that will enable them to analyze and revise their meaningful future plans. This course will expose students to the career readiness skills needed for a successful internship and prepare them for the world of work. The internship is supported with activities and assignments to deepen and enhance the experience. The structure of the internship aligns with local policy and program expectations for internships

Note: Course availability varies by school and program.

CART Lab

CART is a college and career prep, half-day program for juniors and seniors in Clovis and Fresno Unified School Districts. Labs offer hands-on and industry standard methods for students to investigate and acquire a variety of skills. CART offers one lab in the Business and Finance sector.

Business and Finance Lab

In addition to learning how to manage and invest money, students also investigate what it takes to create and own a business. Students study human behaviors of producing, distributing, and consuming materials, goods, and services in a world of limited resources. They learn how the financial services industry works as they strengthen the analytical, technical and communication skills needed to succeed in any economy.

Examples of Business and Finance Careers

OccupationEducation LevelMedian Annual Earnings in CA
Accountant and AuditorBachelor's degree$79,030
ActuaryBachelor's degree$112,900
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing ClerkSome college, no degree$48,920
Financial ManagerBachelor's degree$145,800
General and Operations ManagerBachelor's degree$118,220
Management AnalystBachelor's degree$87,510
Secretary and Administrative AssistantHigh school diploma or equivalent$44,750

Source: US Dept of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics for California

Business and Finance Pathways and Programs

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