In an effort to create more opportunities for local high school students, the Sacramento County Board of Education has approved a series of new courses designed to help students learn about business on the local and global levels. The courses are supervised by the Sacramento County Regional Occupational Program (ROP) and are now available for school districts to offer high school students throughout the county.
"These newly approved programs are part of a plan to offer rigorous courses that can give students an excellent foundation for many careers, or even creating their own careers," said David W. Gordon, Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools. "Through this new series of courses, students can gain vital skills to help them become part of the growing global business community."
Following the recommendation of the Board's Curriculum and Programs Committee, the Board of Education approved the following courses:
- Principles of Finance: This course gives students a thorough introduction to the concepts, tools and institutions of finance and serves as an introductory course for the Entrepreneurship Pathway.
- Ethics in Business: This course provides students with an overview of the importance of ethics in a business environment. Students focus on the significance of ethics to stakeholders; examine who bears responsibility for ensuring an ethical code if followed; and explore ethical situations that commonly arise in organizations.
- Business in a Global Economy: Students in this course will gain an understanding of how and why businesses choose to expand their options in other countries. This course exposes students to unique challenges facing firms doing business internationally – and to the potential opportunities lost by firms that choose not to expand in the global marketplace.
- Entrepreneurship: This course provides students with an understanding of the central role played by entrepreneurs in the national and global economy. Students will learn the skills necessary to become entrepreneurs, as well as the attitudes and characteristics displayed by successful entrepreneurs.
"We believe that these challenging new business courses will motivate and inspire our students," said Matthew Perry, Assistant Superintendent for Court and Community Schools and ROP. "We are proud to have these new and meaningful courses available to students because we believe they can lead to rewarding career paths."
ROP offers high-level instruction and provides pathways to higher education and post-secondary training. Through these resources and experiences, students can attain marketable skills and pursue post-secondary education in preparation for work in the 21st Century.
Information about ROP classes offered through the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) is available by calling (916) 228-2347.