Courses For the Business/Entrepreneurship Pathway

  • English for Business 

    Concentrator Course

    This course is designed to expose students to the vital English skills needed in today's business world.  Students will develop a greater understanding and ability to apply written and oral English competencies, as well as listening and critical thinking skills through real world connections.  Students will exit the course having created a personal resume and individual business plan.  Literature selections will include novels with underlying business lessons as well as biographies of recognized business leaders such as Walt Disney, Bill Gates and Oprah Winfrey.  Priority is given to Business Career Path Students.  This course meets the UC/CSU "B" requirement and NCAA requirements for English.  

  • Business 109

    Elementary Accounting

    Concentrator Course

    This two-quarter course for seniors in the Business Career path provides a great overview of the bookkeeping process, especially for those students who plan to pursue business courses in college.  Students will learn how to analyze business transactions into their debit and credit components, journal, post to ledgers, create worksheets and financial statements, as well as reconcile bank statements. Students will also leave the class with a working knowledge of Quickbooks software.    This course is to be taken concurrently with English for Business.  Students will be expected to participate in Helix's on campus businesses.  

  • Empowering Entrepreneurship

    Econ 1C

    Capstone Course

    Prereq:  Accounting and English for Business.  Empowering Entrepreneurs is a simulated business class designed to give students the experience of working in a real business environment.  The students determine the nature of their business, its products or services, and its management structure.  Students will present their ideas to a panel of judges at different business competitions.  This course is articulated with (BUS 111) Entrepreneurship: Starting and Developing a Business at Grossmont College.  This course meets the UC/CSU "G" requirement. This course is the Capstone course for the Business Career Path and must be taken after completing Accounting and Business English.  Students will be expected to participate in Helix's on campus businesses.  

Additional Courses 

Optional courses but highly recommended. These courses will prepare you for the Pathway and give you priority registration.

Priority Course

World History: Economic Focus 1-2C

 (10) This two-semester world history course meets the World History 1-2C course requirements while using economic activity as the lens through which we view the past, specifically how changes in technology, work, war, government, and who owned or controlled the factors of production changed how people lived, where they lived, and how they related to the world around them.  The course begins at the dawn of the 20th century and considers the questions of how the revolutions in work, production, politics, and thought that occured in the previous centuries lead to the world as it was in 1914, on the eve of World War I, continuing through to the digital revolution of the 21st century. Additionally, the course promotes the development of social skills  through cooperative and accountable group work, speech and class discussion. This course meets the World History graduation requirement. This course meets the UC/CSU “A” requirement. Space is limited. We will try to honor preferences, but scheduling may not allow us to do so.

Priority Course

Social Media Marketing (10-12)

This course will provide students with skills to achieve online marketing success in social media and integrate their Web presence with offline traditional marketing methods. The course will provide students with a basic working knowledge of the methods used to help drive traffic to a website, attract visitors and turn them into customers. Students will develop search engine optimization skills as well as explore search engine marketing, social media marketing, affiliate marketing, directory submission, and email marketing. Students will learn how to compete in new internet marketing channels, employ market research, acquire traffic, and track visitor trends. 

Priority Course

Grossmont College:  Bus. 195 Principles of Money Management (10-12)

This course explores the theories and techniques of managing personal income by setting goals, which will culminate in the development of a personal plan to manage their financial lives. Topics include financial planning, budgeting, institutional savings and checking services, investment analysis, retirement planning, consumerism, insurance, home ownership, credit management, taxes and estate planning. 

Optional Senior Year

Grossmont College:  Econ. 120 Principles of Macroeconomics

Introductory course focusing on aggregate economic analysis. Topics include: market systems; economic cycles including recession, unemployment and inflation; national income accounts; macroeconomic equilibrium; money and financial institutions; monetary and fiscal policy; and international trade and finance. Includes some use of graphs and elementary algebra.

Priority Course

Maker Lab Course

Students taking this course have priority to enter the Business Pathway.  

EDGE Maker Lab: (10-12) Students will learn to use EDGE Lab equipment, getting hands-on experience with 3D printers, vinyl cutters, laser cutter, and drawing tablets. In addition, students will acquire beginning programming skills and practice using Arduino boards to perform basic functions. In the second half of the course, students will employ the design thinking process to choose, research, and carry out personal projects using the skills they’ve learned.

Maker Lab is a project-based course designed to introduce students to 21st Century technologies, develop CTE skills in engineering and business/entrepreneurship, and provide experience in design thinking and making. In the first half of the course, students will get hands-on experience using lab equipment such as 3D printers, laser cutters, vinyl cutters, Arduino boards, Raspberry Pi, and drawing tablets. They will learn the 3D modeling, graphic design, electronics, and programming skills necessary to complete practice projects for each unit. The second half of the course will focus on the design thinking process, as students identify and research a problem, design a solution to the problem, and then test and implement their solution, using the equipment and skills they learned in the first half of the class to carry out final projects of their choice. Class has been submitted for consideration to meet the CSU/UC “G” Requirement.  

Optional Senior Year

Grossmont College:  Econ. 121 Principles of Microeconomics

Principles of economic analysis and decision making from the viewpoint of the individual consumer, worker, and firm. Focuses on the price system allocation of resources and income, supply and demand analysis, the structure of American industry, and applications to current economic policy and problems. Includes some use of graphs and elementary algebra.

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