FCTS Students Capture Several Honors at Statewide Business Professionals of America Conference
- March 2015
The Business Technology Instructor, Tammy Hyson, is developing a top quality program that is current with the needs of the business community, driven to best serve the educational experience of students, and guided by the Massachusetts frameworks.
The Business Technology Program introduces students to the growing field of business and office careers. This comprehensive program emphasizes the development of skills in office procedures and practices, software applications, business concepts, and oral/written communications. Students learn the function of the modern office and develop both the interpersonal and professional skills needed for careers in business. Subjects of study include business computer applications, records management, telephone procedures, principles of desktop publishing, business terminology and concepts, compiling and editing spreadsheets, lists management, solving business problems using a financial calculator, and document formatting (i.e. business correspondence, mass mailings, reports, tables, graphs, etc.). Students use office equipment in both hands-on applications and business simulations. Equipment includes networked computer workstations, fax machines, desktop calculators, scanners, xerographic equipment, printers, and digital cameras. A variety of office settings within the school are used as a laboratory for student practice and skill building.
FCTS, as the regional vocational high school of Franklin County, does so more than teach in a lab classroom and simulation environment. Students gain experience by assisting with FCTS facility projects, along with occasional projects for municipal and non-profit groups. Real world projects truly provide the students with an opportunity to apply what they have learned. Our students thrive on authentic work! You can demonstrate and practice a skill, but there is nothing like using those skills for real, under the direction of your instructor who now acts as your supervisor.
Requests for FCTS business work must provide educational value to the students and must align with the curriculum. If you are a municipal group or non-profit organization, you can contact Jocelyn Croft , Director of Vocational Curriculum & Instruction.
FCTS, as the regional vocational high school of Franklin County, does so much more than teach in a lab classroom and simulation environment. Trade programs have large shops filled with the same tools and technologies used by those men and women working in the trades. As a true extension of the classroom, authentic automotive projects are critically important to the learning environment. Occasional projects from municipal and non-profit groups offer hands-on learning to the students. Real world projects truly provide the students with an opportunity to apply what they have learned. Our students thrive on authentic work!
Available Business Industry certifications include Microsoft Office Specialist (focussing on Word, Excel, Access, Outlook and Office 365), Intuit Quickbooks Certified User, and Adobe Certified Associate in Photoshop.
In order to calculate grade point average (GPA), each course will be awarded a rating based on the number of periods a class/shop is in session, the credit assigned to the shop and whether the course is required to meet graduation requirements as mandated under the Massachusetts Education Reform Law. Grading systems are developed by individual departments and instructors and vary in context and content. Instructors are given the flexibility to develop grading systems and standards, based on their expectations and department guidelines.
Cooperative education work placement offers students an additional learning dimension to their educational experience and is designed to expand their knowledge and skills through a work place experience in the business community. This supervised, instructional experience is directly related to their career & vocational technical program, and carries school credit. Students are evaluated by their employer and the CTE coordinators, using a work-based learning plan with clear learning goals with the vocational technical teachers, the employer, and the student.