Government & Public Administration

Gov-bigIf you are interested in shaping or protecting the future of your city, state and country, the Government and Public Administration Career Cluster may be for you. Though there are some areas that are unique to military service, virtually every occupation can be found within government.

This career cluster is organized into seven career pathways:

  • Governance
  • National security
  • Foreign service
  • Planning
  • Revenue and taxation
  • Regulation
  • Public management and administration

Government & Public Administration – Related Courses

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RELATED COURSES

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.

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.

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.

NOVICE DEBATE

(Gr 9-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

Students learn the art of persuasive argument. Students are required to research, use logic, develop argumentation, and practice public speaking techniques in debate tournaments to pass this course. Students must be eligible to compete under KSHSAA rules in order to earn credit for this course. Students are required to participate in a minimum of four Saturday competitions and attend evening practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

ADVANCED DEBATE

(Gr 10-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

Prerequisite: Novice Debate

Students continue to develop skills in persuasive argument. Students are expected to research, use logic, and follow skills learned in Novice Debate. Students are required to compete in weekend debates and assist in hosting a tournament to pass this course. Students must be eligible to compete under KSHSAA rules in order to earn credit for this class. This course may be repeated for credit with instructor approval. Students are required to participate in a minimum of four Saturday competitions and attend practice Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-8 p.m.

**HONORS DEBATE

(Gr 11,12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

Prerequisite: Advanced Debate

Students will continue to develop skills in persuasive argument and assume a leadership and  teaching role with less experienced debaters. Students are expected to research, use logic, and  follow skills learned in Advanced Debate. Students are required to turn in 10 rounds of  judging, attend eight hours of practice per week, and compete in at least six tournaments per  season.

DEVELOPING TEAM LEADERS

(Gr 10-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course is an opportunity for students to develop their leadership potential. Students are introduced to leadership and have the opportunity to examine their views on leadership. They will also understand the rewards, risks and responsibilities of leadership.

NOVICE FORENSICS

(Gr 9-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

Students develop talents in public speaking and interpretative events. Students study and participate in extemporaneous speaking, oratory, informative speeches, prose and poetry interpretations, duet acting, dramatic and humorous interpretation. Students who enroll during second trimester must compete in tournaments, assist in hosting a tournament and meet KSHSAA requirements. Students must participate in a minimum of four outside competitions.

ADVANCED FORENSICS

(Gr 10-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

Prerequisite: Forensics

Students continue to develop talents in public speaking and interpretative speaking. Students must be eligible to compete under KSHSAA rules in order to earn credit for this course. This course may be repeated for credit with instructor approval. Students are required to participate in a minimum of four outside tournament competitions.

INTRODUCTION TO LAW, PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

(Gr 9-11) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

An introductory course designed to provide students with knowledge of occupations available in the Law, Public Safety and Security fields and introduce them to the legal system, professional conduct, safety, and types of crime.

PSYCHOLOGY

(Gr 9-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course introduces students to the study of human behavior. Students explore the history of psychology, how the mind functions, developmental stages, and personality and intellect as they look at the contributions of significant psychologists.

RELATIONSHIPS

(Gr 10-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course helps students understand and cope with personal, family and social challenges. It also addresses the needs and interests of individuals and family members as a way of strengthening the family unit. The course emphasizes goal-setting, decision-making, time management, balancing work and family, energy and stress management, and identification of alternative choices and coping strategies. This course also covers various issues that impact teenagers, including self-concept, family and peer relationships, substance abuse, personal loss, dating and teenage pregnancy, and violence.

THEATRE I

(Gr 9-12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each Trimester)

Students explore several areas of theatre. They are exposed to acting, Greek and Roman theatre history, components of the production staff, dramatic structure and how to read a play. Students also learn set design techniques. Students are required to attend a minimum of two performances outside of class.

THEATRE II, III & IV

(Gr 10-12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each Trimester, credit by trimester; instructor permission required)

Prerequisites: Theatre I or Stagecraft required for Theatre II; Theatre II required for Theatre III; Theatre III required for Theatre IV

Theatre II students continue their theatre training in the areas of script analysis, costume design, theatre history of the Middle Ages. Students also explore theatre around the world including England and Spain. 

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATIVE TECHNOLOGY   (FHTC300_27)

This program provides hands-on training and work experience. Technical education courses include soft­ware programs, ten-key calculator/keypad, accounting, office technologies and procedures, business communication, keyboarding, supervision, transcription, Microsoft Office and records control.

Open to juniors and seniors.

Careers


Students headed for government and public administration careers need to 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.

Government and public administration careers include:

  • Elected official (city council, mayor, governor, etc.)
  • City manager
  • Lobbyist
  • Legislative assistant
  • Military member (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard)
  • Foreign service, diplomatic or consular officer
  • Planner
  • Census clerk
  • Federal aid coordinator
  • Tax examiner
  • Internal revenue agent or investigator
  • Auditor
  • Bank examiner
  • Election supervisor
  • Cargo or border inspector
  • Child support officer
  • Court administrator
  • City, county or court clerk
  • Guardian ad litem