Business/Marketing Education Program
Workforce Essentials 2011-2012
Course Syllabus & Outline
Pleasant Grove High School
Workforce Essentials is a one-credit course that provides students with higher-level academic and occupational
skills that are transferable across jobs and occupational areas. Emphasis is placed on academic foundations for
careers, applied technology, career development and employment, entrepreneurship and business economics,
social and ethical responsibility, leadership and teamwork, safety and health, and technical knowledge and skills.
Students build on prior knowledge, strengths, interests and needs that enhance preparation for future employment
and continuing education and training. No prerequisite is required.
Future Business Leaders of America student organization is an integral, cocurricular component of Workforce
Essentials. This organization serves as a means to enhance classroom instruction while helping students develop
leadership abilities, expand workplace-readiness skills, and broaden opportunities for professional growth. ALL
Workforce Essentials students are highly encouraged to join FBLA and participate in the club.
Explain how to research and select career opportunities; Compare the relationship between educational
achievement and career planning; Demonstrate how to locate, evaluate, and interpret career information
for a specific career; Determine personal responsibility for making education and career choices; Apply
skills needed for seeking, obtaining, maintaining and changing jobs.
Explain the importance of effective communication skills in the workplace and demonstrate math
computation skills in the workplace
Identify ethical and unethical behavior and actions in the workplace
Explain leadership skills and practices and apply leadership skills through participation in FBLA
Identify behaviors that promote effective teamwork
Determine uses, capabilities, and limitations of technological tools for achieving personal and workplace
Interpret a company’s vision and mission statements, goals, and objectives with regard to a career.
Evaluate opportunities to obtain business and industry recognized work-readiness credentials.
Explain economic principles and concepts fundamental to entrepreneurship and differentiate among
types of employment documents/records.
Formulate a workplace safety plan and describe how worker safety regulations protect employees and
GRADING AND ASSESSMENT PROCEDURES:
Various Projects and Reports: For example: Budget 40% of grade
Project, Career Research Project, Resume, Interview
Presentations, Timemaps, KeyTrain, MoneySkill
Written Tests 20% of grade
Workforce Preparation: For example: Maintaining 20% of grade
planner, class participation, bringing all supplies daily,
staying on task, being on time, etc.
Final Exam/Project 20% of grade
$ Earn your PAYCHECK! $$
Paychecks will be given out for various reasons, including, but not limited to:
Joining FBLA, Parent E-Mail address, being on time for class, being prepared for class, going the extra mile, class
Paychecks can be “cashed” in for bonus points or TREATS from Mrs. Farrington.
Below 60 F
Fee for the course is $10.00
Dues for FBLA $20.00
Make check payable to: PGHS
Notebook: A 3-ring binder with dividers is a MUST!! You will be responsible for keeping up with LOTS of
handouts as well as a section for your journal writing!!
Portfolio binder will be provided by the teacher
Course Outline COS
Week 1 August 11-13 Intro to Class; Email; Intro to technology, software 12
Week 2 August 16-20 Class safety; Chapter 1 and 2; Timemaps Lesson 2 1-4
Week 3 August 23-28 TEST; Labor Mrkt & B’ham Demo; Self Ass. 1-4
Week 4 Aug. 30-Sept.3 Lifestyle Paper 1-4
Week 5 September 6-10 LD Holiday; Last Holiday Movie/Book of Dreams 1-4
Week 6 September 15-17 Update Career Cruising; Begin CRP 1-4
Week 7 September 20-24 Career Research Project (300 Points) w/ p.pt 1 – 4; 13
Week 8 Sept. 27- Oct.1 Career Research Project (300 Points) w/ P.Pt 1 – 4; 13
Week 9 October 4-8 Entrepreneurship Project 15
Week 10 October 11-15 Introduction to Key Train Software; Reading/Math 12, 14
Week 11 October 18-22 KeyTrain: Locating information/Business Writing 12, 14
Week 12 October 25-29 KeyTrain: Listening/Observing/Writing 6
Week 13 November 1-5 KeyTrain: Teamwork/ Final TEST on Key Train 9 – 11; 14
Week 14 November 8-12 VD Holiday; Intro to Resume’s/Rough Drafts 5
Week 15 November 15-19 Resume/ Cover Letter’s 5
Week 16 November 22-26 Weather days and Thanksgiving Holidays
Week 17 Nov. 29 – Dec. 3 Interview project/ Dress for Success Day 8
Week 18 December 6-10 Reading Schedules/Calculating Time/Taxes 16
Week 19 December 13-17 Calculating OT/ Hourly wages 7
Week 20 January 4-7 Financial Literacy Video/ Money Skill Pretest/A.Sim. 7, 15, 16
Week 21 January 10 – 14 Moneyskill Income Unit 7, 15, 16
Week 22 January 17 – 21 Credit/Banking: Nefe Unit 4 and 5 7, 15, 16
Week 23 January 24 – 28 Maxed Out Video and Timemaps Test 7, 15, 16
Week 24 Jan. 31 – Feb. 4 ID Theft/ Timemaps ID Theft Unit 7, 15, 16
Week 25 February 7 – 11 MoneySkill Expenses: checking, Renting vs. Owning 7, 15, 16
Week 26 February 14 – 18 Money Skill Expenses: Clothing, Leasing, Vacay, 7, 15, 16
Week 27 February 21 – 25 Insurance: Timemaps/Nefe 7, 15, 16
Week 28 Feb. 28 – Mar. 4 MoneySkill Assets/Savings (AHSGE WEEK) 7, 15, 16
Week 29 March 7 – 11 MoneySkill Equities/Mutual Funds 7, 15, 16
Week 30 March 14 - 18 SPRING BREAK!!!!!!!
Week 31 March 21 – 25 MoneySkill: Investing 7, 15, 16
Week 32 Mar. 28 – April 1 MoneySkill: Borrowing/Credit Cards/Credit Score 7, 15, 16
Week 33 April 4- 8 MoneySKill; Insurance/Retirement 7, 15, 16
Week 34 April 11 – 15 Nefe unit 3: IRS/Taxes 7, 15, 16
Week 35 April 18 – 22 MoneySkill Final Test; Begin Budget Project 7, 15, 16
Week 36 April 25 – 29 Budget Project 7, 15, 16
Week 37 May 2 – 6 Wage Salves Video/Final Paper 7, 15, 16
Week 38 May 9 – 13 Safety and Health 17,18
Week 39 May 16 – 20 Final Project due
How might technology and email communication help you in a chosen career field?
Why is it important to study local labor market and demographics of area?
Why should one do a complete self-assessment prior to researching career choices?
Explain different sources for obtaining information on careers? What should be considered?
What are common characteristics of entrepreneurs?
Why are employers interested in teamwork and leadership skills among employees?
Why is it important to have a strong knowledge of all aspects of credit and banking? What is the
difference in investing and saving? What is the best way to save for retirement and when should you
start? Why is a budget so important?
What does it mean to social responsible? Explain.
Career Research Report, Powerpoint Presentation, Career Portfolio, Resume, Cover Letter, Completed Job
Applications, Monthly Budget in Spreadsheet, Financial Literacy Certificate.
Available Industry Credentials:
Make-Up Work Policy:
Per Jefferson County, you will have 2 days per EXCUSED absence to make-up any work you missed while
absent. After two days, you will receive a ZERO for work not made up. Points will be deducted one letter
grade for all work turned in late! It is YOUR responsibility to see me for work missed. I will NOT track you
down! See my contact information below.
Mrs. Farrington’s Email: email@example.com
School Phone/Cell Phone PGHS: 379-5250 Cell: 908-0606 (YES, you can text me!)