A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts.
– Richard Branson
Business activities are part of everyday life and students will eventually be immersed in the business world, regardless of their chosen pathway. Business courses prepare students for post-secondary studies, the world of work and their everyday lives.
Students engage in learning opportunities through which they discover their interests in practical and purposeful ways to become economically and socially-responsible citizens. Through real-world learning experiences, students develop critical thinking, problem solving and research skills, as well as oral and written communication skills. Students gain an understanding of business by studying subjects including accounting, economics, entrepreneurship, information and communication technology, international business, marketing, and business leadership. Students also develop financial literacy skills and learn to work as part of a team. These crucial skills are transferable and place students in a position to be successful both in the workplace and in post-secondary programs.
Business courses are delivered in computer labs allowing students to develop their digital literacy skills in addition to learning about the business world. Courses emphasize the importance of creativity and innovation as well as considering the ethical, legal and moral considerations when doing business.
Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.
– Steve Jobs
Computer Studies courses go far beyond technical training. The enduring skills and behaviours that students exit with include, but are not limited to: how to systematically problem solve, how to check your work for details, how to apply logic, and how to persist at a task. Possibly the most important skill they gain is learning how to collaborate; most programming today is accomplished in teams. These essential skills and learning behaviours are transferable across time and subject.
In each course, students design software independently and as part of a team, using industry-standard programming tools and applying the software development life-cycle model. Students write and test computer programs, using various problem-solving strategies. Students also learn about computer environments and systems, and delve into environmental issues related to computers, safe computing practices, emerging computer technologies, and explore postsecondary opportunities in computer-related fields.
DECA is an international association of high school students and teachers of marketing, management and entrepreneurship in business, finance and hospitality.
Students compete to enhance leadership, communication, problem solving and business skills through events such as case study role plays and written projects. The competitions are held at regional, provincial and international levels.
Our students have competed and attended international conferences in locations such as Atlanta, Orlando, Boston and Anaheim, as well as regional conferences in Toronto. More information is available at DECA Ontario and http://www.deca.org.
Our students have the opportunity to participate in many activities both within and outside of the classroom that provide real-world experiences and reinforce learning. Some of the programs offered at our schools include:
- Dual Credit Economics program with Wilfrid Laurier University (for grade 12 students)
- Junior Achievement
- KIVA Program (partnership with Kitchener-Westmount Rotary Club)
- Nipissing Stock Market Challenge
- Ontario Business Educators’ Association Accounting Contests (for grade 11 and 12 students)
- Phoenix Finance – Stock Market/Investing Club (follow on Twitter @phoenixfinance1)
- Rotary Camp Enterprise
- Skills Canada Competition
- Specialist High Skills Major Program
- University of Waterloo’s Financial Literacy Competition (for grade 9 and 10 students)