How to Succeed at Business
Scio Business Program Introduction
Mr. Childs begins his 29th year teaching at Scio Central. During that time, we saw the transition from typewriters to computers and five generations of program enhancements requiring the modifications of what is taught. It has kept it interesting! Thanks to the progressive and positive views of the Boards of Education and administrations, Scio has always stayed on the cutting edge of technology to support the business program.
Prior to that Mr. Childs taught 3 years at a private high school and prior to that he successfully managed a thirty-five employee, 5 million dollar a year gross corporate restaurant and before that he was general manager of a sales company. All of these experiences, plus growing a seasonal, family based company while teaching, has helped Mr. Childs stay current with modern business trends and offer Scio students an exceptional business education. After all, when you get down to it--regardless of occupation, it comes down to how well you manage the business as to how successfully you are in your career.
Mr. Childs degrees are in Business Management from Canisius College, General Education from St. Bonaventure and School Leadership from St. Bonaventure.
What caused Mr. Childs to become a teacher? "I proved first that I could be successful in the private sector but when President Reagan--the Great Communicator--gave an impassioned State of the Union address urging successful business people to leave their private sector jobs and join the ranks of public school teachers bringing with them their experience and enthusiasm to help build a better tomorrow--I responded. One look at my resume and I was hired and the rest is history"
What is exciting is that Scio is now offering three business classes that can include transferrable college credit for our students. This gives our talented students a chance to exceed expectations, stay challenged and expedite their educational path toward a chosen occupation. Students not interested in earning the college credit still benefit from the courses offered in that it is a bright spot on their resume when they apply for work that just may be the difference between them getting the job instead of the next person. Mr. Childs is grateful to our current administration at Scio Central for encouraging this direction and clearing the obstacles one encounters in setting up a new program. Mrs. Pamela Crowell-Ketchner, guidance counselor is the chief architect of College Connections programs.
Mr. Childs advises the Future Business Leaders of America FBLA Club at Scio which manages the Scio/Allentown Spirit of Christmas Toys for Tots program for the district. “It always amazes me the generous donations this community provides helping us ensure that each child in the district, ages 2 to 15, has a bright Christmas. On average, 85 children are helped and this is the 27th year of the program.
New, unwrapped toy donations are always welcome or you can mail a check made out to the Scio FBLA to the school marked Toys for Tots.
SCIO CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL BUSINESS DEPARTMENT COURSE OFFERINGS
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- 9-12 Applied Communications--Learn software for budgeting, movie making, movie editing, website design, advanced event planning for an actual event—includes money handling, inventory, promotion/advertising, scheduling workers, presentations, creating commercials, and more. Computer skills are a must for everyone from auto mechanics to executives. This class will help in all areas of education. Education Week says, "In the future, students who don't have an understanding of computing and computer science won't be able to get good-paying jobs because those jobs just won't exist,” Counts as three college credits if you attend Alfred State College
- 9-12 Accounting--Three Transferrable College Credits--Accounting prepares a student for simple tasks like balancing the credits and debits in your checkbook, organizing and gauging expenses, creating a personal budget, handling asset management, determining asset and investment returns, doing your own taxes, and similar tasks. Starting a business or becoming self-employed can take a lot of planning. Accounting is in the Top 10 for “most in demand degrees” which means higher pay, easier to find a position, and easier to find employment in a geographical location of first choice. Accounting can count as the 3rd math course.
- 9-12 Personal Finance: Three Transferrable College Credits--This exciting new class is about learning how to become a millionnaire prior to your retirement by practicing sound personal finance techniques, now! Includes a statewide Stock Market simulation that is very close to real life except the $100,000 investment fund is imaginary so you can't keep what you earn. You can win a prize though! Not offered first semester 2017-18
- Economics: Three Transferrable College Credits--Part I—Demand, Supply, Employment, Labor, Wages, Gross Domestic Product, Economic Growth, Business Cycles, and more. Part II—Loan Applications, Good Credit, Insurances, Mortgages, Opportunity Costs, Fringe Benefits, Job Benefit Analysis, Investing, Stock Market, 401/Matching and more. Not offered 2017-18
MIDDLE SCHOOL BUSINESS 7 & 8
- Grade 7 Introduction to Business for ½ year everyday: Part I: Learn Letter-Key Operation, Master Keyboarding/Language Skills; Learn to Format Memos, Business Letters, Reports, References, Resume and more. Text: Information Processing; Part II—Planning Your Future, Career Decision Making, Lifestyle Goals, Aptitudes & Abilities; Part III—Entering the World of Work—Finding and Applying
- for a Job; You, Your Employer, and Your Co-Workers; Your Personal Effectiveness & Safety. Part IV—Developing Your Skills and Understanding—Communication Skills, Becoming an Entrepreneur, Leadership. Upon completion, student is eligible to join the Scio Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Club in 8th Grade.
- Grade 8 Microsoft Office for ½ year everyday: Part I: Review Letter-Key Operation, Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Presentation Software, Photo and Movie Maker Editing. This class prepares students so they are ready to take Applied Communications in High School.
Beautiful February morning at Scio Central School!