Recommended High School Level Background Courses
- Business Math
- General Business
- Business Law
- Introduction to Word
* Courses available in the Academic Achievement Center or the
High School Completion Center.
Basic Skills in the Program and on the Job
Students in the Entrepreneurship program read general periodicals, trade
journals, and newspapers, particularly in the Small Business Marketing
course. Texts are a central part of most courses, with tests based on a
combination of text and lecture material. Texts for typical uch as
Introduction to International Business, Managing the Entrepreneurial Venture,
and Financial Accounting/Computers are
written at a college level.
Students who transfer to
four-year institutions can expect reading assignments of increasing length and
complexity. In the work place, graduates of the program can expect to read
trade journals in the areas of specialization connected to their small
business ventures, which might range from art galleries to auto body shops.
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To succeed in this program, students must have good oral and written
communication skills, as well as the ability to work with people to reach
company goals. Students may take either Composition I (ENG 105) or Communication Skills (COM 703) for the
Entrepreneurship diploma. In their
Small Business Start-Up course, students will interview small business
leaders, write business plans, and make class presentations. For Small
Business Marketing, they will create brochures, flyers, and web sites.
Group projects are common in this
program, particularly in Managing the Entrepreneurial Venture. Written work
will include reports, research papers, and essay tests.
In the work place,
graduates will use speaking skills primarily on a one-to-one basis as they
supervise other employees, interact with peers, and make presentations to investors,
bankers, and customers. Business writing such as letters, memos, and
advertisements can also be expected in the work place.
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Successful small business owners must understand balance sheets and income
statements. For the Entrepreneurship diploma, students must take Business Math (BUS 112), Computer Accounting (ACC 311),
and either Principles of Accounting I (ACC 131) or Introduction to Accounting (ACC 111). These courses
require strong general math skills, including fractions, decimals, and per
working toward a bachelor's degree should check with the 4-year institution
regarding additional math requirementsbefore selecting math courses at
View more information on math skills in the Entrepreneurship program.
Strong study skills are expected of students in this program. Most lecture
courses require a minimum of two hours of study for each hour spent in class;
many science and math classes take three to four hours of study. Students
must take notes from both texts and lectures, integrating the information as
they prepare for tests.
Several of the courses
required in this program—Computer Accounting, Managing the Entrepreneurial
Venture, Basic Law for the Entrepreneur—require strong reasoning skills.
Students and graduates must be able not only to memorize facts but also to
apply general principles to specific cases. Drawing inferences from trends in
order to make sound business decisions, recognizing cause-effect
relationships, and problem-solving in dealing with employees and clients are
also important skills in this field.
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Students are expected to enter the program with basic computer skills,
including e-mail, word processing, and a general understanding of
spreadsheets. Current technology will be used in all courses. Computer
Accounting and E-Commerce on the Web (BUS 150) are required courses for the
Entrepreneurship diploma; option courses include Introduction to Computers
(CSC 110), Introduction to Computer Business Applications (BCA 212), and
Virtual Business Firm (BUS 240).
activities on the job involve internet research and marketing, word
processing for written communications, and spreadsheet work connected to
View more information on computer skills in the Entrepreneurship program.
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