“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”  

– Ghandi

The Business Program

Business & Technology                                                                                                            

The Business and Technology Department is the gateway for the students to develop and learn the skills that will benefit them as they go on to college as well as entering the increasingly competitive job market. Our goal is to equip students with those skills essential for success in an increasingly competitive global marketplace. This department is the gateway to our Career Access Program.


Career Development and Occupational Studies

Standard 1:  Students will be knowledgeable about the world of work, explore career options, and relate personal skills, aptitudes, and abilities to future career decisions.

Standard 2: Students will demonstrate how academic knowledge and skills are applied in the workplace and other settings.

Standard 3a: Students will demonstrate mastery of the foundation skills and competencies essential for success in the workplace.

Standard 3b: Students who choose a career major will acquire the career specific technical knowledge/skills necessary to progress toward gainful employment, career advancement, and success in postsecondary programs.

Technology Education

Standard 1: Students will access, generate, process, and transfer information using appropriate technologies.

Standard 2: Students will apply technological knowledge and skills to design, construct, use, and evaluate products and systems to satisfy human and environmental needs.

Standard 3: Students will understand the relationships and common themes that connect mathematics, science, and technology and apply the themes to these and other areas of learning.

Standard 4: Students will apply the knowledge and thinking skills of mathematics, science, and technology to address real-life problems and make informed decisions.

803      Introduction to Business:  1 Elective Credit                                               Open to 11, 12

Students will receive a broad exposure to what business is and its practical application to their daily lives. Key topics will include: how to be a smart consumer, budgeting, good interviewing skills, writing a resume and cover letter, problem solving and good listening skills. Every topic we discuss will have a practical application to each student’s life.  Students will also get a feel for what it will take to be a successful business woman.


804     Business Part Two: 1 Elective credit                                                           Open to 11, 12

As a follow-up to Intro to Business class, this class will provide a closer look at how businesses communicate effectively with a population comprised of so many cultures.  We will identify and examine what tools marketers use to sell their products and services to such a mixed group of people– races, languages, religions, lifestyles, non-traditional household compositions, education, etc.  This course will be helpful for students not only interested in business, entrepreneurship, sales or marketing, but also for any student who believes she will have a career that requires engagement with people from all over the world.


814    Accounting/Bookkeeping:  1 Elective Credit                                                Open to 11, 12

This introduction to accounting familiarizes the student with basic accounting principles. Major topics include: the accounting cycle in its simplest form and the use of special journals and transactions.          


841 Computer Applications I: 1 Credit                                        Required of all Freshwomen.

Microsoft Certified Office Specialist: Through exercises, class projects, and online resources, students will develop a deep proficiency of the Microsoft Office Suite and keyboarding. Students will be prepared to take the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification Examwhich is eligible for college credit. They will spend a portion of the year dedicated to learning correct keyboarding procedure to increase their Word per minute score, while typing without looking at the keyboard. The skills they will be refining in order to score well on the certification test are Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher and Access.

business-iconJunior Achievement of New York

St. Joseph High School has partnered with Junior Achievement of New York to offer a variety of new programs including resume writing workshops; job shadow days at Ally Financial, Barclays Center, BNY Mellon and National Grid, and personal finance classes at JPMorgan Chase.

Students participate in a Business Plan Competition, Microsoft DigiGirlz Workshop and Connect the Dots STEAM Workshop.