Let’s get down to business.

Learning Environment
Time is spent in the classroom computer lab. Students should have good English skills and the ability to communicate and work well with others. Students will spend the first semester learning the basic foundations of business, business planning, and many management functions. Our classroom culture provides students an environment that operates like a business setting. Students have their own computer with daily tasks to complete. These tasks may be completed individually or in a team setting. Students are responsible for keeping their area and electronic folders organized. All students should expect a significant amount of logistics and hands-on work while at their computers.

What's It Like?

Instructor Candace Opalewski says:
“We operate in a serious manner, and of course we have to have fun, too. The curriculum will be challenging at times. Business and management solve local and world problems. Students entering this program will want to be self-motivated, because they’ll complete projects that incorporate reading, math and writing. It’s all right if you aren’t great at one or two of the areas mentioned. My goal is to make the students better; the students should want to improve their skills, too. The important part is that you don’t give up. Businesses and managers face many obstacles. Therefore, it is vital to start applying problem-solving skills in this class and learn how to work through challenges.”

Business Management

Do you enjoy being a leader, organizing people, planning activities and talking? Do you like to work with numbers or ideas? Do you enjoy carrying through with an idea and seeing the end product? Do you like things neat and orderly? Want to learn to balance a checkbook, follow the stock market, hold an office in a club, surf the internet? This may be the career path for you.

Students learn many facets of the business world, including technology tools and programs used in business; marketing strategies and project preparation; employability skills; oral, written and digital communications; and how to prepare, analyze and interpret data in tables and graphs.

Course Overview
The Business Management course is designed to prepare students for multiple management positions such as - but not limited to - management (general, business information, human resources and operations) and administrative support. Careers in Business Management focus on planning, organizing, directing and evaluating business functions essential to efficient and productive business operations. Business Management will provide comprehensive coverage and integration of business skills and issues, develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, and establish a foundation in business procedures.

This course is designed to improve communication, math, decision-making, thinking, reading, writing, work ethics and team-building skills. Math and reading are a large part of this class, which prepares students for positions working with:

  • Advanced Computer Applications
  • Office Technology
  • Windows Operating Systems
  • File Management

Material is presented through textbook, Microsoft Imagine Academy, lecture, video, activities and guest speakers.


It is if you...

...enjoy computers
...enjoy problem solving creating solutions
...are detail-oriented
...are creative self and team approaches
...can sit for long periods

Potential Careers
Participation in Business Management can help prepare you for jobs in areas like:

  • Legal Secretary
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Office Manager
  • Data Entry Specialist
  • Executive Assistant
  • Paralegal
  • Medical Front Office Assistant

With further training and/or education, you could expect Business Management to help launch a career in fields like:

  • Business Education
  • Entrepreneur
  • Human Resources Management
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • International Business
  • Communications
  • Sports & Entertainment Manager
  • Hospitality/Tourism

Primary Units of Instruction (lecture, demonstration and lab work):

  • Communication
  • International Business
  • Business Planning and Entrepreneurship
  • Business Management and Leadership
  • Human Resources/Personnel Administration
  • Law, Ethics, and Government Regulation
  • Career and Professional Development

Length of Program:
Two Years (if you meet the criteria and are accepted)

Program Schedule:
P.M. Session - 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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College Partnerships

  • Mid Michigan Community College
  • Ferris State University
  • Kirtland Community College
  • Baker College

It is possible to earn articulated college credit through an articulation agreement between CTE and many Michigan community colleges and universities. This credit can only be granted after successful completion of the CTE program and future enrollment at a college or university that has a current articulation agreement with Clare-Gladwin CTE. See your school counselor for more information.

Who’s Up For a Second Helping?
Students interested in returning for the program’s second year must:

  • Have 10 or fewer absences and fewer than three tardies in the second semester of Year One
  • Have an 80 percent average or better in the first year
  • Be an effective and collaborative team member
  • Be a self-directed and independent worker, indicate a personal desire to pursue a business- or computer-related and have good work ethics
  • Students may be able to pursue Microsoft Office certifications in Word, Excel and PowerPoint

High School Credit and CTE Certification
Students may earn the state-required fourth-year math-related course credit through this program. Local schools will award high school credit upon successful completion of this program. The CTE Certificate of Completion will be awarded to students who successfully complete their programs.