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Teachers: Kim Scharnus and Don Shuler

Students in grades 10-12 enrolled in this course are offered a starting point for building a career by learning basic skills and developing values and attitudes useful in gaining entry into the field of accounting. Students study basic principles, concepts and practices of the accounting cycle. They also learn about bookkeeping terms such as assets, capital, income, expenses, and liabilities and about merchandising business, check writing, and handling payroll. Students learn fundamental accounting procedure using both a manual and an electronic system.

Advanced Accounting
High school juniors and seniors will continue to study the basic principles, concepts, and practices of the accounting cycle. In addition, students will work in this class to develop competencies in the following five duty areas: using automation to implement accounting procedures; implementing accounting procedures for assets, liabilities, and equity; implementing special systems; and understanding business ethics, thereby enhancing career exploration and employability skills. Students will use accounting and spreadsheet software to analyze and interpret business applications.

Computer Applications
This course is designed for secondary students to develop and enhance touch skills for entering alphabetic, numeric, and symbol information on a keyboard. Students will develop the correct keyboarding techniques and gain a basic knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, database, and graphic applications. Students will demonstrate an understanding of computer concepts through applications of knowledge. 

Computer Information Systems
In this course, students in grades 10-12 apply problem-solving skills to real-life situations through word-processing, spreadsheet, database software, and through integrated activities. They work individually and in groups to explore computer concepts, operating systems, and emerging technologies. Instruction includes the use of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Access, Excel, and PowerPoint presentations. Students enrolled in this course will take a career and technical assessment defined by the Virginia Department of Education.

Design, Multimedia, and Web Technologies
Course is designed for secondary students to provide them with an array of multimedia and web site design components. Students will design individual pages using an HTML editor and graphical user interfaces. Students will also help in the design and maintenance of the school’s web site. In addition, students will work in a team environment to compose page layout and design. Students enrolled in this course will take a career and technical assessment defined by the Virginia Department of Education.

Advanced Design, Multimedia, and Web Technologies
Students develop advanced skills in creating interactive media, web sites, and publications for print and electronic distribution. Students work with sophisticated hardware and software, applying skills learned to real-world projects. Completion of this course may prepare students for industry certifications.