Prepared for immediate employment, advanced certifications, and further education
This program consists of courses in Accounting and Advanced Accounting, where students will be introduced to the theory and practice of accounting and financial reporting. In Accounting, students will complete all phases of the accounting cycle, including:
Collecting and verifying source documents
Analyzing and journalizing transactions
Posting transaction data to ledger accounts
Preparing a trial balance, worksheets and financial statements
Recording, adjusting and closing entries and preparing a post-closing trial balance
Advanced Accounting is designed to help students develop in-depth knowledge of the principles of accounting, with more emphasis being placed on financial statements and accounting records. The course is a study of previously-learned principles as they apply to more complicated types of business organizations. Students will become familiar with specialized fields of accounting, including:
Financial projections / interpretations
Financial programs range from personal finance and money management to corporate accounting with an emphasis on the use of the technology and computerized accounting to analyze financial data. Students enrolled in this program have the opportunity to compete at the regional, state and national levels in Business Professionals of America (BPA) in contests such as Fundamental Accounting, Advanced Accounting, Payroll Accounting, Personal Financial Management, Banking and Finance, and Financial Analyst Team, among others, which allows them to attend workshops, network with business students from around the country, and experience travel. Many students have achieved national recognition in BPA.
This class is typically available to students in grades 11-12.
Prerequisites: All students must successfully complete an Information Management course.
“Anybody thinking about taking these classes - I would strongly recommend it!”
Connor M., Westwood HS Business Student
“You might think that business is all crazy number crunching and filing, and not fun. But, really you can make it fun! I suggest taking as many business classes as you can!”
Kayla A., Westwood HS Digital Multimedia Student
“We have three [business related] CTE programs here at Westwood and we offer thirteen different business classes across those three programs. Each year for those 40 years [that we’ve participated in BPA] we’ve had students qualify for national competition.”
Ronalyn Arseneau, Westwood HS Business Teacher
“There’s such a variety of what can be learned in the business department. Anything that interests or piques a student’s curiosity can be addressed. My favorite parts of the programs offered here at Westwood is seeing students find something they truly love to do!”
Students should inquire within their guidance office about high school curriculum requirements that may be satisfied through a CTE class, as this is determined individually by school district. The courses in this program at Westwood High School satisfy the 4th year math credit requirement.
A group of Westwood High School students are gearing up to compete at the Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference at the end of the month!
In March, 31 students from Westwood High School competed at the Michigan Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference. During the competition they took part in events that tested their skills with office systems, accounting, administrative concepts and even word processing.
Of those 31, 13 were chosen to advance to the National Conference in Anaheim, California!