JA Introduction to Business and Technology 1

JA Introduction to Business and Technology curriculum cover

High School
Classroom Based

Pillars of Student Success
Entrepreneurship High Entrepreneurship
Work Readiness High Work Readiness
Financial Literacy Moderate Financial Literacy
JA Introduction to Business and Technology 1, part of the JA High School Experience courses, is a one-semester teacher-led course that introduces high school students to the basic skills necessary to succeed in business. Themes include personal skills like teamwork, innovation, decision making, and ethics. Students also learn basic technical skills like how to use word processing, presentation software, and spreadsheets effectively. Volunteers engage with students through a variety of activities that includes subject matter guest speaking and coaching or advising for case study and project course work.

Students will:

Learn the necessary concepts applicable to state and national educational standards.

Apply these standards-based concepts to the real world.

Synthesize elective concepts through cumulative, tangible deliverables (projects).

Analyze a business situation or principle through the use of a case study.

Demonstrate the skills necessary for future career pathway success.

Program Concepts

Basic interview rules, Beliefs, Brand identity, Business letter, Commitment, Company mission, Conflict, Conflict resolution, Cover letters, Cluster careers, Cross functional teams, Decision trees, Digital citizenship, Digital footprint, Educational requirements, Effective interview situations, Effective Leaders, Effective teams, E-Portfolio, Ethics, Ethics at work, Flexible work situations, Good citizenship, Google docs, GRPI, Job requirements, Nine elements of research, Personal brand, Personal evaluation, Personal strengths, Presentation skills, Plagiarism, Pros and Cons approach, References, Resume, Self-reflection, Spelling and grammar checks, Spreadsheet terms, Spreadsheet components, Spreadsheet formatting, Team courtesy, Team communication, Team functions, Team strengths, Team members, The Four C's, Teamwork, Templates, The hiring process, Transferable skills, Values, Video bio, Word processing

Skills Students Learn

  • Analyze benefits of spreadsheet tools
  • Analyze communication techniques
  • Analyze a problem
  • Analyze information provided
  • Analyze spreadsheet data
  • Apply the process to solve problems
  • Brainstorm ideas
  • Brainstorm possible careers
  • Calculate averages using a spreadsheet
  • Collaborate on a document
  • Compare and contrast brands
  • Compare handwriting and word processing
  • Conduct research
  • Craft a mission statement
  • Create a personal brand
  • Create a portfolio
  • Draw conclusions
  • Evaluate consequences of behavior
  • Evaluate personal skills
  • Evaluate a presentation
  • Evaluate problems
  • Evaluate resumes
  • Evaluate real world situations
  • Evaluate a solution
  • Make a choice
  • Plan career and/or college path
  • Plan a video bio
  • Prepare and give a presentation
  • Present findings to the class
  • Prototype a solution
  • Record a presentation
  • Research careers
  • Review real life situations
  • Role play business situations
  • Search for jobs
  • Self evaluate
  • Share a document
  • Use a word processing program
  • Work in groups
JA High School Experience Overview

Alignment with State and National Standards

Scope and Sequence

Junior Achievement learning experiences cover financial literacy, career and work readiness, and entrepreneurship. Our extensive scope and sequence helps explain how our programs cover these subjects at various grade levels.

Request a Presenter to Teach Curriculum

A Junior Achievement Volunteer teaches students
Junior Achievement lessons are delivered by volunteers from the community. These presenters are prepared by JA to facilitate engaging learning activities that focus on financial literacy, work and career readiness, and entrepreneurship. This results in an enriched learning experience that helps students make the connection between what they learn in school and the world outside the classroom.

Steps to Request a Presenter

1) Request Info

Once you’ve decided to have a JA volunteer in your classroom, fill out the form on this website. You will receive information on next steps.

2) Pick Schedule

You will be able to coordinate a schedule that works for your class either online or in conjunction with a JA representative.

3) Meet Presenter

Once a volunteer is identified for your class, JA will connect you with the presenter to discuss roles, expectations, and logistics.

4) Empower Students with Standards-Based Education

After all details are in place, the JA volunteer will deliver lessons to your students either virtually or in-person.

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