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Business Entrepreneurship Technology Academy (BETA)

Students begins with Computer Business Applications learning the fundamentals of Google Applications, Microsoft Applications, and basic coding. If desired students can opt to take a certification test for industry recognition.

Next, students take Small Business Entrepreneurship. This course is Articulated with Monterey Peninsula College and offers college credit with a grade of 80% or better. Students participate in the Junior Achievement Program "Be Entrepreneurial" partnership with students at California State University Monterey Bay. The program challenges students, through interactive classroom activities, to start their own entrepreneurial venture while still in high school. The program provides useful, practical content to assist teens in the transition from being students to productive, contributing members of society.The program culminates with a competition against various local schools. Winners are awarded with cash prizes, stock-pile prizes, and industry recognition.

Third year students take Business Math & Finance which prepares them for the real world by introducing concepts such as: credit, budgeting, cost of college, buying/leasing a vehicle, investing, and much more. Students recognize the fundamental role of income in managing their personal finances and the factors that affect income and take-home pay. Students begin to understand that the decisions they make about education and career will have an impact on their potential income and quality of life. Next, students explore saving and compare investments as a part of their overall financial planning. They also examine risk and how insurance may help protect savings. The final project is a presentation where they apply classroom learning by creating a family budget based on a hypothetical life situation.

The Capstone course is run through Virtual Enterprises International With an emphasis on college and career readiness, VE is an in-school, live, global business simulation that offers students a competitive edge through project-based, collaborative learning and the development of 21st-century skills in entrepreneurship, global business, problem solving, communication, personal finance and technology. Drawing on the European tradition of apprenticeships, this multidimensional, experiential learning model, which is part of a global network of student-run businesses in over 40 countries, transforms high school students into independent-thinking business professionals and their classrooms into offices.
CA Partnership Academy:

BEAT is a California Partnership Academy. BEAT stands for Business Entrepreneurship Automotive Technologies and is implemented through the BETA & the Automotive Pathways at Monterey High School.
Martha Tonkin
Business Teacher