Business Technology

at Franklin County Tech works to prepare students for direct entry into the workforce upon graduation and also preparation for college.

Our Program

has been upgraded with new textbooks, still cameras, video cameras, EDUTyping program and Office 2010 as its' core software program.

Business TEchnology

is pleased to initiate a local chapter of BPA, Business Professionals of America, at FCTS.

The Business Technology program students are exposed to all the facets of the modern world of business . Based on a thorough knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite and basic web design, students take part in projects within the school and the community that exercise skills in communication, design, organization, entrepreneurship and finance. These provide a broad-based foundation for work in banking, medical offices, administrative offices and office managment.

"Authentic work provides real learning and an extension to the classroom."

About Business Technology

Our Instructor

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.

Curriculum

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.

Projects

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.

Business Technology Customer Work

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!

Business Technology Instructor

Tammy Hyson
Tammy Hyson Technical Instructor
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"Students in Business Tech get experience in visual marketing by managing the displays for events and shops at the school."

About the Program

Freshman Exploratory Gallery

Skills Required for Success in the Business Technology Trade

  • o    Ability to use changing technology
  • o    Ability to read and follow directions
  • o    Good oral and written communication skills
  • o    Ability to work alone or with people in a team
  • o    Must be considerate, honest, and dependable
Career Opportunities

Future Career Opportunities in Business Technology

  • o    Secretary
  • o    Data Entry Clerk
  • o    Administrative Assistant
  • o    Banking and Insurance
  • o    Financial Clerk
  • o    Office and Records Clerk
  • o    Receptionist

Certification Opportunities

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.

Grading Policy

Grading Policy

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.

Coop Opportunities

Coop Oportunities

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.

"The Business Technology program works to prepare students for direct entry into the workforce upon graduation and also preparation for college."

Business Technology News

FCTS Students Capture Several Honors at Statewide Business Professionals of America Conference

Nine Franklin County Technical School students finished first in several competitions at the annual Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference, and also captured a number of 2nd through 5th place and special recognition awards. Read story

"Interested and motivated students in all technical programs will be able to compete in many business related contests including interviewing, speech, presentation skills, programming, spreadsheet skills and more!"

Business Technology Videos

Promotional Video for FCTS

A commercial spot created by Graduate Adam Jaillet for his Senior Capstone project. "Soar with the eagles today..."

BPA Video Production Team 2013 Prescription drug abuse

BPA 2013 Video Team Competition by Franklin County Technical School. Published on Feb 14, 2013.