Business Pathway

Program Description
Business Pathway, offered at Tallmadge High School, is a series of courses designed to give students comprehensive skills and knowledge that lead to post-secondary jobs or higher education in a variety of business careers. Business Pathway offers students the ability to build a solid background in business/marketing-related concepts necessary to successfully earn a bachelor’s degree in Business Management, Marketing, Finance, and/or Accounting. Students will also join  nationally recognized business organizations for high school and college students, DECA and/or Business Professionals of America (BPA), in order to enhance leadership skills and provide connectivity to the project-oriented business world.

3D Lab Room and Course

Instruction Video

Business Foundations-Grades 9, 10
  • Prerequisite course for Business Pathway
  • Fundamental business activities
  • Business processes, economics, and business relationships
  • Employability skills, communications, and personal financial literacy
Marketing Principles-Grades 10, 11,12
  •  Introduction to fundamental knowledge and skills in marketing communications, marketing management, marketing research, merchandising and professional selling
  • Acquire knowledge of marketing strategies, market identification techniques, business ethics and law, economic principles and international business
  • Technology, employability skills, leadership and communication
  • Student participation in DECA
Professional and Technical Sales-Grades 10, 11, 12
  • Demonstrate sales processes and techniques used in a business-to-business environment
  • Develop, grow and maintain positive business relationships
  • Monitor trends and the business environment to determine the impact on sales, customers and competitors
  • Negotiate and adjust prices and sales items
  • Manage sales activities and territories
  • Technology, employability skills, leadership and communications
  • Student participation in DECA
Strategic Entrepreneurship-Grades 10, 11,12
  • Management principles and leadership skills
  • Entrepreneurial focus and marketing research
  • Students will create a business plan
  • Students will utilize Excel to create break-even analyses, accounting fundamentals, financing
Fundamentals of Business and Administrative Services-Grades 10, 11, 12
  • Fundamental knowledge and skills in general management, human resources, operations
  • Business operations, business relationships, resource management
  • Introduction to financial principles
  • Students will use technological tools and applications to develop business insights
Business Finance Foundations-Grades 10, 11, 12
  • Investment strategies, savings vehicles, application of financial ratios and participation in a Stock Market Simulation
  • Develop leadership skills via study of Ethics, creating a digital portfolio, solving/studying real life business scenarios including participating in the student club, Business Professionals of America (BPA)
  • Financial statement analysis, interpreting technical documents, and analyzing debt packages
  • Project-oriented class emphasizing how effectively students apply what they are learning to real world business situations
Business Management Principles-Grades 10, 11, 12
  • Entrepreneurship and Management Focus designed to build effective managers/BPA membership included
  • Students create a Business Plan, conduct marketing research and analyze case studies to finesse Leadership skills
  • Excel skills strengthened by applying accounting and finance principles to relevant work
  • Project-oriented class with Risk Analysis and the Business Environment
Business Pathway Capstone-Grades 10, 11, 12
  • Apply skills in a comprehensive and authentic way
  • May include project/problem-based learning opportunities both in and away from school
  • Under supervision and through community partnerships, students may combine classroom learning with work experience

1 credit per course


Business Foundations is a prerequisite for courses in the Business Pathway.



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