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Business Technology

Kayla Leatherman | Susan Mayers | Sondra Sturguess

Contact: Susan Mayers
Business Instructor
660-646-3414 OR fax 660 646 3568
Personal Finance
Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management
Banking & Financial Services

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About Susan

Beginning in the Fall of 2004, Susan joined our GRTS Business Department. Susan is a graduate of Marceline R-V High School and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Education from University of Missouri-Columbia. Susan began teaching in 1984 and also has 12 years of experience in the industry as an administrative assistant and restaurant manager.

E-mail Susan with any questions you may have about these courses.

Where Do I Begin?

Every organization and institution has a business component, so taking business courses at Grand River Technical School provides students with a strong background as they pursue their vocational interests. The business program is committed to helping students develop the skills and abilities needed to achieve career success. The program is open to all high school students from Chillicothe and area sending schools. Students have the opportunity to take one or more business classes throughout their school day.

Program Benefits

  • State of the Art Equipment
  • Hands-On Learning
  • Great Career Opportunities
  • Leadership Development in Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
  • Opportunities to Compete in Business Events through FBLA

College Credit
Students completing Accounting I & II with a "B" or above and at least 90% attendance will receive three (3) free college credit hours transferable to Moberly Area Community College.

Students completing Accounting I & II, Entrepreneurship, and Microcomputer Applications with a "B" or above and at least 90% attendance will receive nine (9) free college credit hours transferable to Metropolitan Community Colleges in Kansas City (all four branches).

Microcomputer Applications BT160 ( 3 credits/year) is a dual enrollment course offered through North Central Missouri College in Trenton, Missouri. Students should check with their prospective college to see how the course will transfer.

Where Can You Go From Here?
The successful completion of the business technology program can lead to employment in entry-level positions such as office assistants, bookkeepers, receptionists, and bank tellers.

Because technology is constantly changing, students will need to continue updating their skills. Some may wish to pursue either an Associate's Degree or a Bachelor's Degree in Business on a part-time basis while working. Others may choose to continue their education n a full-time basis, pursuing degrees in areas such as accounting, international business, business administration, business education, marketing, and finance.

A solid foundation in business can lead to unlimited career opportunities, as well as help individuals organize and manage their own financial records.

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Personal finance is designed to prepare students to make wise financial decisions. Topics include: personal budgeting, banking services, understanding credit, taxes, investment options, risk management, automobile purchases, and consumer rights and responsibilities. Emphasis is placed on developing decision-making skills for real life financial situations. This course is a graduation requirement beginning with the class of 2010. Open to sophomore, junior or senior level students.

Entrepreneurship is the activity of setting up a business, taking on financial risks in the hope of profit. According to the Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy, 22.5% of small businesses fail within the first year. In this class, you will learn how to avoid the pitfalls that face entrepreneurs. This course is designed to help students learn what they need to know to be entrepreneurs. Lessons will focus on the characteristics of entrepreneurs and lead students through the process of setting up a business. Students will learn how to spot opportunities, how to choose one that's right for him/her and how to minimize the risks of running a business. Two capstone projects, individual and group, allow students to put their knowledge to the test. Each student prepares a thorough business plan for a business of their choosing. Students, working as teams, form a restaurant for a day and run their operation for a day at Grand River Technical School. Teamwork skills are also a focus throughout the course. The knowledge and skills of entrepreneurship can assist people along any career path they choose and make them valuable employees. Students who choose not to run their own business will still benefit from utilizing the entrepreneurial way of thinking.

Banking and Financial Services will address the full range of financial services including investment and commercial banking, insurance, pension plans, risk management, mutual funds, e-commerce, and personal and business planning. Leadership, customer service, and marketing issues will be discussed. The course will provide a comprehensive overview of the structure of the nation's various financial institutions, the economy, and the Federal Reserve System. In addition, students will also explore the career paths within the banking and investment industries.

If you have any questions, please call Susan Mayers at 660-646-3414.

Kayla Leatherman | Susan Mayers | Sondra Sturguess

The Grand River Technical School adheres to a policy of non-discrimination on the basis of age, color, creed, handicap, marital or parental status, national origin, race, religion, or sex in admissions, educational programs, activities, financial aid, and employment.

Public Notice
Nondiscrimination Statement
Chillicothe R-II School District

The Chillicothe R-II School District complies with all federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1974 and the American Disabilities Act (ADA). It is the policy of the school district that no person, on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or handicap, shall be discriminated against in employment, educational programs and activities or admissions. Inquiries or complaints concerning the Chillicothe R-II School Districtís compliance with the regulations implementing Title II, Title VI, Title IX, Section 504 or the American Disabilities Act (ADA) may be directed to: Superintendent Office, Chillicothe R-II School District, P.O. Box 530, Chillicothe, Missouri, 64601. (660-646-4566).

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