Business

The business department offers a variety of courses starting with High School 101 a required class for all freshmen. This one year course will include college and career planning along with: keyboarding techniques, speed, accuracy, and basic formatting allowing students to create, proofread, correct, edit, save and print documents such as letters, memorandums, and reports. In addition students will be introduced to the fundamentals of computer operations and the principals of business software packages such as: word processing, spreadsheets, and power point. Students will also work on other necessary business skills, such as strong verbal communication skills, which are needed to be successful in college and the workplace.

Also during the freshman year students can enroll in Introduction to Business, a one year course, where they will discover how the business world operates. What it takes to start a business, producing and marketing goods and services, managing people, careers, economic phases such as recessions and depressions, and the stock market.

During the Sophomore, Junior and Senior Year student can enroll in Computer Programming, Advanced Computer Programming, Desk Top Publishing, Advanced Desk Top Publishing, Pre-Accounting, Accounting, Sports and Entertainment Marketing, Web Page Design, and Multimedia.

Courses Offered

Introduction to Business 1-2

Level: Academic, 9, 10, 11, 12

Length of course: One year

Department: Business

Prerequisite: None

Course Description:

This course includes basic knowledge of our economy, how it functions and the role of the consumer. Topics covered include basic business concepts, banking,business organizations, investing,marketing, management, and stocks. Students participate in several projects including buying and selling virtual stocks. Concepts of budgeting, insurance, and using credit wisely are also introduced.


Accounting 1-2

Level: Academic 10, 11, 12

Length of Course:One year

Department: Business

Prerequisite: High School 101

Course Description:

Accounting provides complete coverage of three types of businesses: proprietorship, partnership, and corporation. Each type of business is presented in a complete accounting cycle covering analyzing transactions, journalizing, posting, petty cash, financial statements, and adjusting and closing entries. Accounting concepts are introduced using a modern business with owners that students can relate to in each cycle. In Cycle 1, students study TechKnow Consulting, a technology business that serves clients by setting up and troubleshooting network problems. Cycle 2 features Hobby Shack, Inc., a retail merchandising business that purchases and sells a wide variety of craft and hobby items. Cycle 3 utilizes Restaurant Supply Co., which purchases and sells a wide variety of cooking and restaurant supplies.


Desktop Publishing & Photoshop

Level: Academic 10,11, 12

Length of course: One semester

Department: Business

Prerequisite: High School 101

Course Description:

In Desktop Publishing and Photoshop, students will be introduced to Adobe Creative Suite software (Indesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator). This software is the standard many companies use to create publications (both print and digital). Throughout the course, you will learn how to work with frames, text, color, styles, graphics and more. The elements of design and principles of design are highly emphasized, to enable students to create professional quality print documents. This course will enable students to create a document (brochure, book, flyer, magazine cover, etc.) ready for professional printing and publication.


Advanced Desktop Publishing & Photoshop

Level: Academic 10,11,12

Length of course: One semester

Department: Business

Prerequisite: Desktop Publishing and Photoshop (with a passing grade)

Course Description:

Students in Advanced Desktop Publishing and Photoshop will go through the process of making professional print documents for the school and community. Students will learn how to interview a client, make modifications according to the client’s needs and wants, and produce a final document that will be used in the school or community. This course includes in-depth work with Adobe Photoshop and InDesign, to give the students the tools needed to create professional documents. Documents created may include company logos, playbills, flyers, posters, sports booklets, brochures, and many more. Documents vary from semester to semester based on the clients who need print documents created.


Computer Programming

Level: Academic 10,11,12

Length of Course: One semester

Department: Business

Prerequisite: Algebra 1-2 (with a C or better)

Course Description:

Basic programming concepts and logic are covered in this course. Students learn to build their own special-purpose Window’s applications utilizing a graphical user interface (GUI). They are taught to write programs in a 3-step process: 1) Design the application and clarify the specifications; 2) Set the properties and controls for the form and 3) Write the code that creates the actions when the application is run. All major keywords and concepts for Visual Basic are presented.


Advanced Computer Programming

Level: Enriched 10, 11, 12

Length of Course: One semester

Department: Business

Prerequisite: Computer Programming (with a C or better)

Course Description:

This course is designed to provide for students who are interested in the programming field an opportunity to further broaden their knowledge and skills. The format of the class will be the same as Computer Programming, with both theory and hands-on experiences. Students will be able to design and write codes for more complex GUI interfaces that are commonly found in the business environment.


Sports & Entertainment Marketing

Level: Academic 10, 11, 12

Length of Course: One Semester

Department: Business

Prerequisite: None

Course Description:

This course is designed to teach introductory marketing concepts. While focusing on examples in the sports and entertainment industry, the information learned applies to almost all marketing-related careers. Students will explore different careers related to this field of study. The basic functions of marketing will be covered, which include financing, pricing, promotion, product/service management, distribution, selling, and marketing information management. Students will complete an online simulation where they make realistic decisions in managing the operations of a sports stadium that also hosts concerts. Guest speakers and field trips are scheduled, when appropriate, to help cover certain topics.


Android Application Development & Programming

Level: Academic 10, 11, 12

Length of Course: One semester

Department: Business

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Computer Programming or teacher recommendation.

Course Description:

Students will work through the process to develop and create an Android app. They will learn about programming logic, Java tools, and code syntax in the creation process. A review of completed Android apps will involve identifying why people use the app, analyzing the tasks it performs and the problems it solves. Utilizing Android Studio and a simulator students will be able to test apps without the need for a smartphone or tablet.


Creative Media & Web Design

Level: Academic 10, 11, 12

Length of Course: One semester

Department: Business

Prerequisite: High School 101

This class will combine artistic, creative vision with technical knowledge to develop digital media elements and display them on their own website. Students will use a variety of media which may include: graphics, animation, augmented reality, music, text, photos, and videos to create projects. Students will learn about site layout and content, and will become proficient using web development languages and graphical user interface tools to achieve their design objectives in creating informative, appealing, and user-friendly websites. Students will learn how to build websites using HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets).

HLTH 121 / Medical Terminology (Dual Credit/Early College 2 college credits) ICC tuition and fees apply

Level: Enriched 11, 12

Credit: .500

Length of course: One semester

Department: Business

Prerequisite: ICC Accuplacer reading score of 44.

Course Description:

This course is a study of terminology used in all areas of medical, health care, and paramedical specialties. Examples of these career fields are medicine, dentistry, nursing, nurse assisting, pharmacology, paramedics, biology, dental hygienist, assisting x-ray technology, respiratory therapy, medical office assistant, surgical technicians, and phlebotomy. This course is valuable to students planning careers in the insurance and law fields. Emphasis is placed on work-building techniques and understanding of typical medical reports. This course is required for many of the health care specialties and transfers as an elective course to most colleges.


MAKERSPACE PERSONALIZED EDUCATION

Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

Length of course: One year

Department: Business

Prerequisite: None

Course Description: This course is intended as an introduction to DIY maker movement culture and STEAM education, it is a hands-on introduction to some of the tools used by makers. Projects focus on developing creativity and learning through invention, experimentation, and tinkering. This is a course in personalized experiential learning in which students will explore both physical and digital content creation including: 3D modeling and 3D printing, computer software and hardware, Makey Makeys, frosting printers, e-textiles, Arduinos, vinyl cutting, and other art and technology tools.


Student Technology Assistant

Level: Academic 9, 10, 11, 12

Students who are accepted into the Student Technology Help Center program will spend their time assessing Chromebook issues, creating tutorials for students and staff that demonstrate effective ways to use technology, and repairing Chromebooks,. They will earn 0.25 credits per semester for completing the course.

Tech Center applicants should

- pay close attention to details

- be comfortable using tools and small hardware

- excel in customer service skills

- have excellent attendance

Students who are interested should pick up an application at the Student Tech Help Center in the Library.

*We will train those who are accepted! You do not need to be a computer genius to join!

All applications are due by the first Friday of May.


Business Staff

Mary Ann Day - 309-698-7593 - mday@ep309.org

Graduate of Monmouth College with BA degrees in Business Administration and Business Education, Master's Degree from Olivet Nazarene University. She is currently the Business Department lead teacher, Cooperative Education and Work Based Learning program coordinator and has previously coached both volleyball and softball at East Peoria. Prior to teaching at East Peoria she was at Morton High School for six years.


Jennifer Huff - 309-698-7505 - jhuff@ep309.org


Brad Stewart - 309-694-8305 - bstewart@ep309.org

I am originally from the small town of Prophetstown, IL. I attended Greenville College for my undergraduate degree, double majoring in Accounting and Marketing, before pursuing a teaching certificate as part of a master's degree from SIU Carbondale. I enjoy spending time with family, being outdoors, and doing athletic activities. I am also an assistant boys' track coach for East Peoria Community High School. Go Raiders!


Jacky Wernz - 309-698-7574 - jwernz@ep309.org - Website

Mrs. Wernz was born in West Allis, Wisconsin (located near Milwaukee). She attended Eastern Illinois University on a golf scholarship where she studied Career and Technical Education with an emphasis in Business. There, she played golf for 3 years, until she had to give it up to continue her degree. Mrs. Wernz graduated Cum Laude in May 2007 with her Bachelors of Science. In 2012, Mrs. Wernz completed her Master's in Education Curriculum and Instruction through the American College of Education. At EPCHS, Mrs. Wernz teaches High School 101, Desktop Publishing & Photoshop, Webpage Design and Programming classes. Outside of school, Mrs. Wernz likes to read, golf, camp, play board games, travel, and spend time with friends and family.

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