Academy of Business & Finance
HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL
ACADEMY OF BUSINESS AND FINANCE
The Academy of Business & Finance is designed to give high school students an opportunity to prepare for
collegiate studies and careers in the fields of business and finance. Emphasis is placed on a college preparatory
curriculum that is directly linked to the financial world. Academy students participate in mentorships, career
shadowing and internship programs that link the resources of business, economics, and finance to education and
to the students. During their junior or senior years, students are provided college credit opportunities through a
dual enrollment agreement with the Jefferson State Community College.
Business and Finance Academy Internship
A paid internship is recommended for completion of the Academy of Business and Finance. The internship must
be completed during the summer between the student’s 11th and 12th grade year or during the 12th grade year.
Provided with the help of the Academy’s advisory board, internship opportunities (located in the Birmingham Metro
area) will include banking, investing, insurance, and accounting. Students must have completed a minimum of
3 semester-long academy courses and be enrolled in academy courses their senior year in order to apply
for an internship.
The following semester-long courses are linked as listed:
Personal Finance (linked to Financial Planning) begins with the basics of financial literacy and the function of
finance in society. Students study income and wealth, including budgeting, personal banking, credit and borrowing,
and planning for retirement. Personal Finance is also offered as a stand-alone semester course.
Financial Planning provides students with an overview of the job of a financial planner. Students look at financial
planning in an objective way that requires them to regard all aspects of financial planning as relevant to a potential
Financial Services (linked to Corporate Finance) introduces students to the complex world of financial services
companies. It begins with an introduction of the origins of money and of banking, and explores the early history of
banking in the U.S. Students then move into an in-depth study of the financial services industry and explore the
types of companies that make up this industry.
Corporate Finance allows students to explore such key topics as cash flow, the business life cycle, and capital.
They learn to recognize the legal forms of business organization and grasp the pros and cons of business
Principles of Accounting (linked to Ethics in Business) provides students with an understanding of the accounting
simultaneously teaching them how it applies to operating a business
Ethics in Business provides students with an overview of the importance of ethics in a business environment.
Students focus on the significance and importance of ethics to stakeholders; examine who bears responsibility for
ensuring an ethical code is followed; and explore ethical situations common in organizations.
Entrepreneurship (Linked to Business in a Global Economy) provides students with an understanding of the critical
role played by entrepreneurs in the national and global economy.
Business in a Global Economy provides students with an understanding of how and why businesses choose to
expand their operations into other countries.
Dual Enrollment: Principles of Accounting I / Principles of Accounting II are offered through a partnership with
Jefferson State Community College. Students earn 6 hours of college credit.
6450 Husky Parkway • Trussville, AL 35173 • 205-228-4000 • www.trussvillecityschools.com
Tracey Jackson is in her 4th year with Trussville City Schools.
She is an Atlanta native and attended Georgia State University
where she earned a BBA majoring in Marketing and is current-
ly working toward an MBA at the University of North Alabama.
• 90% of students report that the Academies helped them Tracey came to TCS with over 10 years of business and
to develop career plans.
• 85% of 5 and 10 year alumni are working in a
marketing industry experience. Her previous experience
includes serving as Marketing Director for a regional mall, ADVISORY BOARD
professional field. developing and implementing a marketing/operations plan
FOUNDATION (NAF) • Academy graduates sustained $16,704 more in total for Super Suppers, and working for an experiential marketing Area business members meet regularly with instructors
earnings over the 8 years following high school than agency implementing marketing and promotional efforts for and students to offer feedback, guidance, and industry
The HTHS Finance Academy is proud to be affiliated with non-Academy group members who were also studied — companies such as Coca-Cola and AT&T. Tracey’s experience experiences. Members participate in evaluating student
the National Academy Foundation. The National Academy 11% more per year. offers students insight into marketing and its presence in projects, securing internships, offering guest speakers,
Foundation (NAF) is an acclaimed national network of high • Young men from academies experienced increased every business. and site visits. In addition to years of individual and
school career academies with rigorous, career-themed earnings over 8 years totaling $30,000 – 17% more per cumulative business experience, members have a
curricula created with current industry and educational year than non-academy group members studied – Tracey’s passion for marketing, communication, and business passion for students and helping them prepare for their
expertise. Each year, NAF serves more than 50,000 thanks to a combination of increased wages, hours is one that she infuses into the classroom. She feels business futures. Companies represented include Protective Life,
students in over 500 Academies in 40 states and the District worked, and employment stability. education is invaluable and one that all students should CRC Insurance Services, Regions Bank, Bryant Bank,
of Columbia through the Academy of Finance, the Academy experience during their high school career. First Commercial Bank, Morgan Keegan, and the UAB
of Engineering, the Academy of Hospitality & Tourism, and School of Business.
the Academy of Information Technology. ACADEMY HIGHLIGHTS Alison Hollingsworth
Alison Hollingsworth joined the HTHS faculty in fall 2010.
NAF was founded by Sanford I. Weill, Chairman Emeritus Alison offers a wealth of industry experience and a solid CLUB AFFILIATION
of Citigroup Inc., as a partnership between business leaders • Visit the floor of the NY Stock Exchange education foundation to the Business and Finance Academy.
and educators. Employees of more than 2,500 businesses • Interact with Birmingham industry leaders Students in the Business and Finance Academy are
support NAF students by securing paid internships, • Certification for academy completers Alison graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. in Accounting in 2001 members of DECA. DECA is a Career Technical Student
volunteering in classrooms, acting as mentors, and • Tour the Federal Reserve Bank and an MBA in 2005 from Jacksonville State University. While Organization that offers students enrolled in business
serving on local Advisory Boards. attending JSU, she received several scholarships and awards classes opportunities to affiliate and collaborate with
• Scholarship opportunities
including the Trathen Scholarship. Alison is currently enrolled fellow students across the nation. Opportunities include
• Potential college credits in the Masters of Accountancy program at Samford University.
NAF’s record of success with 90% graduation rates and conferences, workshops, competitions, and travel.
more than 80% of these graduates going on to college, has • Paid internships
garnered the support of corporations, public • Guest speakers Alison’s work experience includes 12 years accounting
policy makers, and foundations, including experience in both public and private accounting. She
the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. completed an internship in public accounting in 2001.
For more information visit www.naf.org.
“The Business & Finance Alison brings 3 years of college level teaching experience
Academy has prepared me for having taught both Principles of Accounting I and Principles
BENEFITS OF TAKING a career in finance. The
of Accounting II as well as Computerized Accounting. These
classes were taught both on campus and online.
NAF CLASSES classes have taught me
Alison is currently a member of Beta Gamma Sigma.
According to NAF research and evaluations:
how to handle my own In addition, Alison also completed Dave Ramsey Financial
• More than 90% of NAF students graduate finances, how to present Counselor training and has a passion for teaching personal
from high school—compared to 50% in finance skills to both youth and adults.
the urban areas where most NAF
myself during interviews,
and how to manage a
Academies are located.
• 4 out of 5 NAF students go on to college ACADEMY CAREER PATHS
or other post-secondary education.
business. It has truly
• 52% of NAF graduates earn bachelor’s enlightened me to the • Attorney • Computer Information Systems
degrees in four years—compared with • Accountant • Economic Development
world outside of
• Business Analyst • Management
• Of those who go on to post-secondary high school.” • Financial Advisor • Sales NON-DISCRIMINATORY POLICY
education, more than 50% are the first The policy of the Board (ref. BOE J – 1) is to
in their families to go to college. Amanda Viikinsalo • Financial Planner comply with the provisions of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation
HTHS Class of 2012 • Marketing /Advertising/ Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the
Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 to provide a free appropriate
Public Relations public education for students with disabilities who qualify under the definition of the law. All students
shall participate in enjoy the benefits of, and be free of discrimination in any program or activity,
regardless of gender, race, religion, belief, national origin, age, disability or ethnic group.