Education Spotlight: BHS Business Department Pathways

Published 1:45 pm Thursday, October 13, 2022

Pictured from left to right Thomas Brock, Mariovan Dominguez, Jeb Logue, and Zac Breedlove present a collaborative computer science project.

The Bainbridge High School (BHS) business department offers two pathways: Business & Technology and Computer Science.  Each pathway consists of three courses. The first course is an introductory course with no prerequisite making it accessible to all students at BHS.  The second course builds on the students’ knowledge and skill set.  The third course wraps up the pathway and culminates with the End-of-Pathway Assessment (EOPA).  Students who successfully complete all three courses in the pathway and the EOPA are considered industry certified.

Students in the Computer Science pathway learn the basics in programming languages, software development, and app creation, all taught in a computer lab with hands-on activities and project-focused tasks.  The goal of this pathway is to prepare students for college in Computer Science majors or careers in Cloud Computing.  At the end of the course, students take the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner EOPA.

In the Business & Technology pathway, students learn basic business principles, understand the impact of their financial decisions, develop leadership skills to make informed business decisions, and improve oral and written communication skills. In each course, students utilize the Microsoft Office software and have the opportunity to take the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exam that aligns with the software covered. It is possible for students in the Business & Technology pathway to earn three industry certifications.

Students interested in the business field may join the BHS chapter of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA).  FBLA members attend local, regional, state, and national conferences.  FBLA officers attend Summer Leadership and Officer Training Summit (SLOTS) to prepare to lead the organization during the upcoming school year.  During the school year, active members can attend Fall Motivational Rally, Fall Leadership Conference, Region Leadership Conference, and State Leadership Conference. FBLA members plan and implement many community service projects such sponsoring games for children to play during the Syrup Sop community pep rally and playing BINGO with the residents of local nursing homes. To offset costs associated with these conferences and activities, members also organize fundraisers.

FBLA holds monthly meetings on the first Tuesday of each month.  If you are interested in learning more about or joining FBLA, visit our website (https://sites.google.com/dcboe.com/fbla/home).

Bainbridge High School Business Department Pathways

Andre Ward assists Addyson Tomek with a Business Communications assignment.

Written by: Debbie Durham, Mycla Palmer, Joseph Randall