Our Business/Art/Career Studies Department includes multiple disciplines—Career Studies, Visual & Media Arts, Music, Dance, Drama and Business Studies.
Business Studies in the Curriculum
Business activity affects the daily lives of all Canadians as they work, spend, save, invest, travel, and play. It influences jobs, incomes, and opportunities for personal enterprise. Business has a significant effect on the standard of living and quality of life of Canadians, and on the environment in which they live and which future generations will inherit. Eventually, all students will encounter the world of business, whether they work in urban or rural areas. They must be prepared to engage in business activity with confidence and competence. Young people need to understand how business functions, the role it plays in our society, the opportunities it generates, the skills it requires, and the impact it can have on their own lives and on society, today and in the future.
The business studies program will build a strong foundation for those who wish to move on to further study and training in specialized areas such as management, international business, marketing, accounting, information and communication technology, or entrepreneurship. It will also provide practical skills for those who wish to move directly into the workplace.
In terms of common curriculum in all Business Studies courses, we try to cover 5 critical areas:
- Skills required in the modern workplace
- Positive Communication in a business environment
- Digital literacy
- Financial literacy
- Ethics—moral/legal considerations
Overall Goals of Business Studies Curriculum
- Understanding of concepts (related to our courses)
- To Develop:
- business, economic, financial and digital literacy
- research and communication skills
- apply knowledge & skills to local, national, and global business levels (by taking a current events approach)
- develop life-long learning skills in our changing world—help develop awareness of available avenues in career pursuits
Career Studies, Grade 10, Open (GLC2O)
This course teaches students how to develop and achieve personal goals for future learning, work, and community involvement. Students will assess their interests, skills, and characteristics and investigate current economic and workplace trends, work opportunities, and ways to search for work. The course explores postsecondary learning and career options, prepares students for managing work and life transitions, and helps students focus on their goals through the development of a career plan. (The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 9 and 10, Guidance and Career Education, 2006 [revised], Ministry of Education, pg 33)