• Business and Finance

    Business and Finance


    The Business and Finance Program provides courses to prepare high school students for employment and advancement in the business industry. Students learn the basics of entrepreneurship, the foundations of business, finance, accounting, communications, technology, and Microsoft Office tools. They learn about various financial analysis strategies and the methods by which businesses raise capital.

    Programs of Study
    The Business and Finance Program features the following four programs of study:

    The Accounting Program provides students with a comprehensive study and an application of accounting principles used in a wide range of business situations. The extended use of technology is an essential component of this program. Topics explored include the accounting cycle, accounting for assets, liabilities and equity, understanding business information, special accounting systems, and accounting for business decisions. Recommended Electives: Advanced Placement Economics, Business Economics, Business Law, Information Processing.

    Business Administrative Services  
    Students begin the program with courses in Business Communications and Computer Software Applications. The final two courses in the program focus on Administrative Services and prepare students for college-level programs. Graduates may also earn technical certification by taking basic and expert levels of the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exam. Also with the skills learned, students can do secretary, office manager and bookkeeper positions. Recommended Electives: Advanced Placement Economics, Business Economics, Business Law, Information Processing

    Business Management  
    Business Management professionals assume a broad range of responsibilities involving interpersonal activities, decision making, communication, and teamwork. This comprehensive program includes Business Management, and Accounting courses. Emphasis is placed on developing leadership qualities, management strategies, critical thinking skills, and effective communication skills. Recommended Electives: Advanced Placement Economics, Business Economics, Business Law, Information Processing.

    The Finance program of study is a member of the National Academy Foundation. This program prepares students for post-secondary education, not only in finance-related majors, but also for any concentrated program requiring a strong foundation in Business, Social Studies, Math, and Language Arts. Students may complete a college-level course through dual enrollment, and participate in an internship in the summer or fall of their senior year.
    Recommended Electives: Advanced Placement Economics, Business Economics, Business Law, Information Processing. 

    College Career Research and Development (CCRD)  
    Students in grades 11 and 12 apply course content to practical work experience and develop academic, technical and workplace skills.

    The program provides instruction on Maryland’s career development model that includes career awareness and exploration; development of career portfolio to proficiencies in workplace readiness, personal financial management, personal growth and development, and employment experiences. All graduating seniors must submit a senior project that will provide evidence of student achievement and showcase skills for success as well as academic and technical skills.

    Career Portfolio

    • The career portfolio is an organization and visual documentation of the student’s school and non-school accomplishments.
    • The career portfolio will help students:
    • Organize their thinking and plan for the future.
    • Set realistic goals.
    • Identify skills and competencies required for their career goals.
    • Develop self-esteem from assembling and displaying their work and talent.
    • Document proficiency in workplace readiness skills.

    Senior Project:
    The senior project is a culminating assessment for work-based learning students and is career driven. Career exploration is a topic of interest to students as they prepare themselves to be productive, proficient citizens and to be prepared to meet the challenges of an economically competitive, technologically, advanced and culturally diverse 21st century society.

    Students will be able to

    • Complete a senior project with the 4Ps: paper, project, portfolio, and presentation. 
    • Apply standard rules of grammar, usage, punctuation, sentence formation, paragraphing, and spelling. 
    • Use technology to locate, retrieve, organize, analyze, evaluate, and communicate information for problem solving and decision making. 
    • Create a PowerPoint presentation and brochure about the career researched. 
    • Utilize digital technology to import pictures. 
    • Orally present information to class/committee as a collaborative learning experience. 

    Career Opportunities in the following fields:

    • Human Resource Services
    • Hospitality and Tourism
    • Office Managment
    • Retail
    • Banking


    Program Contact Information: 
    Dr. Nancy Magloire, Supervisor
    Department of Career and Technical Education
    2215 Chadwick Street
    Temple Hills, MD 20748 
    Phone: (301) 669-6012 
    Fax: (301) 669-6090 
    Email: nancy.magloire@pgcps.org