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.

Business Staff

Tricia Lambrich - 309-698-7505 -

I am very excited to be joining the Business and Family and Consumer Science departments. I received my Career and Technical Educators License in 2022. I am also a graduate of EPCHS and enjoy teaching at my alma mater. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my husband Jeff, daughter Paige and son Brett. I also enjoy cooking, traveling and spending time with my extended family and friends. 

Michelle Lake - 309-698-7593 -

Ms Lake is starting her 32nd year teaching. She has her bachelor degree from SIUC and her Masters from ISU. She is a mom of one young man - who works full time after high school! 

She is a huge believer in “Earn and Learn”  and that you need to measure the Return on Investment on Education both at EPCHS and after high school! 

Jacky Wernz - 309-698-7574 - - 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.

Business Resources

Resources coming soon!