A business course is learning that is hands-on, relates academic subjects to the business world and provides a broad, comprehensive curriculum that is for and about business. Business courses at Hopewell Valley Central High School are designed to prepare students as viable competitors in the business world and for advanced educational opportunities.
Between grades 9 and 12, all students are required to take at least 5 credits in the area of business or practical arts and many take more as their interests and college pursuits dictate. There are many business courses, half-year and full-year, in which students may choose to enroll. All of the courses in the Business Department make use of computer labs on a full-time or part-time basis. Students use computer hardware and software that is current and compatible with what is being used today in colleges and businesses.
COMPUTER LABS and EQUIPMENT
Many of the courses available for students in the Business Department utilize the Business Department computer labs either on a full-time or part-time basis. Students use computer hardware and software that are current and coincide with what is being used in colleges and businesses. Students will also utilize the Chromebooks that are a part of the HVRSD 1:1 initiative, in all of their business coursework. The Business Department computer labs consist of networked DELL workstations with black and color laser printers. There is high-speed Internet access to each computer as well as wireless connectivity, every student has an email account, and there is ready access to scanners, and digital still and video cameras. Students can also access their email as well as computer applications and their data folders from home via remote access connections. College Level Courses With the cooperation of the community, state, and private colleges and universities, juniors and seniors will be permitted to pursue college-level courses at their own expense. This program is designed with a threefold purpose: (1) To provide students with an enrichment experience to augment their secondary school background; (2) to provide students with experience in attempting college work before actually enrolling in college, thus providing a base upon which to arrive at a final decision concerning further education; (3) to provide students with additional insight into certain career fields not necessarily requiring a traditional four-year preparation, again providing an additional base upon which to arrive at decisions concerning future plans.
CTE - COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE
Students who hold part-time jobs throughout the year are eligible to receive credits on their Hopewell Valley Central High School transcript through the CTE (Career and Technical Education) - Cooperative Work Experience Program. Approved worksites may be obtained by the students themselves or with the assistance of the HVCHS Business and Practical Arts Department. Students have a variety of options of worksites and can perform their work after school, weekends and even during the school day depending on their schedule and work needs. The CTE-Cooperative Work Experience Program prepares students to develop marketable occupational skills, provides occupational training opportunities, increases job skills through individualized study in the classroom, encourages attitudes and habits that meet acceptable employment standards and provides the opportunity for career investigations. Students are supervised with an agreement between the HVCHS teacher/coordinator, the employer, the student, and their parents/guardians. The HVCHS "Co-op Program" encourages students to explore their career interests through paid or unpaid employment, apprenticeships, community service, cooperative education, internships, or school-based enterprises. Depending on the number of work hours accumulated throughout the school year, between 2.5 and 10 credits can be earned.