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The finance industry is a critical sector that employs millions of people. The Finance Career Cluster prepares students for careers in financial and investment planning, banking, insurance and business financial management. Finance career opportunities are available in every sector of the economy and require skill in organization, time management, customer service and communication.

This career cluster is organized into four career pathways:

  • Banking and related services
  • Business financial management
  • Financial and investment planning
  • Insurance services

Business Finance Pathway – CIP Code 52.0801

* Check Prerequisite ** Articulated Credit *** FHTC

INTRODUCTORY LEVEL

BUSINESS ESSENTIALS

(Gr 9, 10) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course introduces students to the skills needed to be employable and successful in the workplace. The course also allows students to explore different career areas. Students examine current events to determine their impact on business and industry and legal and ethical behavior, acquire knowledge of safe and secure environmental controls to enhance productivity, and determine how resources should be managed to achieve company goals. As students learn about different types of business ownership, they interpret industry laws and regulations to ensure compliance, identify principles of business management, and analyze business practices to determine ethics and social responsibilities.

TECHNICAL LEVEL

ACCOUNTING I

(Gr 10-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course introduces students to accounting concepts, career options, and the accounting cycles of a proprietorship, partnership and a corporation. Students will complete accounting business simulations. This course is articulated through Butler Community College.

ACCOUNTING II

(Gr 10-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

Prerequisite: Accounting I

Students continue working with accounting concepts, career options and the accounting cycles of a corporation. Students will complete accounting business simulations. This course is articulated through Butler Community College. Dual credit is available through Flint Hills Technical College.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP **

(Gr 10-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course explores the personal characteristics and resources needed to start and run a small business profitably. Instruction includes the basics of planning, organizing, financing, starting, operating, and managing a small business in the free enterprise system. Students complete a business simulation, develop and run a business. This course is articulated through Cowley Community College and Butler Community College.

CONSUMER EDUCATION

(Gr 11,12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course provides students with an understanding of the concepts and principles involved in economic financial literacy. The focus of the class is investigation of the following areas: problem-solving, critical-thinking, money management, budgeting, housing, savings and investment programs, insurance, taxes, credit, consumer rights and responsibilities, and current issues. This course fulfills the consumer education graduation requirement. This course is articulated through Butler Community College. Students within two years of enrolling as a college freshman may enroll in this class for dual credit with Emporia State University after having completed Algebra I & II or having completed Algebra I and be currently enrolled in Algebra II.

APPLICATION LEVEL

– FINANCE STRAND –

MAKIN’ BANK (INVESTING)

(Gr 11,12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course introduces students to the world of investing. Topics covered will include stocks, bonds, mutual funds and other types of investments. Students will participate in the Stock Market Simulation to gain hands-on experience of buying and selling stocks. This course is articulated through Butler Community College with completion of Consumer Education.

MONEY MATTERS *

(Gr 11,12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

Prerequisite: By application to instructor

This course provides students with an overview of the banking system and services offered by financial institutions. Topics include laws and regulations, loan application process, client/business relations, and careers in finance and investing. Students are employees of the $partan $aver store and financial institution.

– ACCOUNTING STRAND –

COLLEGE ACCOUNTING

(Gr 11,12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each Trimester)

Prerequisite: Accounting I &Accounting II

Students will learn how businesses plan for and evaluate their operating, financing and investing decisions and how accounting systems gather and provide data to internal and external decision makers. This course covers all the learning objectives of traditional college-level financial and managerial accounting courses. Kansas State University, Wichita State University, Pittsburg State University, Emporia State University, and Sterling College currently grant college credit for students passing the end-of-course qualifying exam.

RELATED COURSES

BUSINESS STUDIES

(Gr 10-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

Prerequisite: Basic introductory business courses and instructor approval

This course is an individualized independent study for students to concentrate in a part of a course being offered. A written proposal and contract must be completed to enroll in this course. This course can be repeated for credit.

COLLEGE COMPUTER APPLICATIONS

(Gr 11,12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each Trimester)

This course is designed for students to develop computer skills necessary for success in academic and workplace environments. Students will work with Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Access. This course is articulated through Butler Community College and Cowley Community College. Students within two years of enrolling as a college freshman may enroll in this class for dual credit with Emporia State University.

INTERNET COMMUNICATIONS I

(Gr 9-11) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course covers topics that include: e-mail and other forms of online communication, Internet research skills, legal/ethical issues and e-commerce. Students also learn WordPress, HTML and basic web page design principles.

INTERNET COMMUNICATIONS II

(Gr 10-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

Prerequisite: Internet Communications I

This course allows students to practice HTML, WordPress skills while creating/maintaining the EHS website. This course may be repeated for credit.

Careers


Students in finance learn and practice skills that prepare them for diverse post-high school education and training opportunities, from apprenticeships and two-year college programs to four-year college and graduate programs.

CTE classes in this cluster will introduce you to a variety of interesting careers including:

  • Accountant
  • Auditor
  • Development officer
  • Financial analyst
  • Treasurer
  • Controller
  • Economist
  • Budget analyst
  • Personal financial advisor
  • Tax preparer
  • Investment advisor
  • Loan officer
  • Debt counselor
  • Actuary
  • Underwriter
  • Insurance appraiser
  • Bank teller

Finance Pathways

Business Finance Pathway – CIP Code 52.0801

INTRODUCTORY LEVEL

Business Essentials (BUS100_03) .5 credit

TECHNICAL LEVEL

Accounting I (BUS300_11) & Accounting II (BUS300_12) .5 credit each
Entrepreneurship (BUS300_08) ** 1 credit
Consumer Education (BUS400_11 and FACS400_16) .5 credit

APPLICATION LEVEL

FINANCE STRAND

 
Makin’ Bank (Investing) (BUS400_10) .5 credit
Money Matters ($partan $aver) (BUS400_09) * .5 credit

ACCOUNTING STRAND

College Accounting (BUS400_15 and BUS400_16) (Dual Credit) 1 credit

RELATED COURSES

Business Studies (BUS300_06) .5 credit
College Computer Application (Dual_Credit) (BUS400_13 and BUS400_14)  1 credit
Internet Communications I & II (BUS300_07 and BUS400_04) .5 credit each

*   Check Prerequisite

**  Articulated Credit

*** FHTC