Business credit available to high school students

The Edwards School of Business will introduce a new credit course for high school students in the fall designed to give young people an understanding of the role of business in the world and of career potential in the field.

By Colleen MacPherson

To be offered through distance learning in the Sun West School Division in west-central Saskatchewan, Introduction to Business will educate students "about the various roles and functions of business, and about the types of personal skills and qualities they need to succeed in business," said Keith Willoughby, associate dean academic in Edwards. "They'll not only learn to identify these skills and qualities in themselves but the course will also give them the chance to practice and refine those skills."

The course will be taught in nine modules with U of S
professors and instructors presenting a series of online lectures, he explained. There will be hands-on activities and group projects along with self-directed research in areas like the global marketplace, business ethics, entrepreneurship, human resource management, marketing, and finances and financial institutions.

Using the entrepreneurship and small business module as an example, Willoughby explained students will interview local business owners and entrepreneurs to explore trends and experiences in business. What they find will then be compared to documented trends, challenging the high school students to think critically about what is shaping entrepreneurship and small business ownership today.

"Our objective is to ensure that each student has the opportunity to acquire, practice and refine their skills and experiences in a way that will help them succeed in post-secondary education and future employment."