Business Education

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The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the largest national education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for careers.

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High schools all over the United States have classes dedicated to teaching business, marketing, and economics. These classes cover all of the basics needed to start you on your path to success. When taking such classes, a variety of topics will be covered. For instance, economics are a large part of learning about business. In an economics course, you learn more about the various markets in the world, supply and demand, and how the markets fluctuate. You will also need to take some financing courses. These will cover the money basics and how it is important to save money, invest money, and even how to spend money (wisely, of course). Other important business classes include accounting, human resources, operations management, and information and technology management.

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The core competencies frameworks on financial literacy highlight a range of financial literacy outcomes that may be considered important for adults, youth, or owners and managers of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and of potential entrepreneurs.The core competencies frameworks on financial literacy for youth and adults were developed in response to a call from G20 Leaders in 2013.

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This site by the US Department of the Treasury provides resources on financial literacy.

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The goal of this organization is to promote effective financial education and counseling.

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The United States Chapter of the International Society for Business Education (ISBE) is the international division and liaison for NBEA regarding international affairs related to business education.

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Iowa Association for Career and Technical Education (IACTE) is a collaboration of educators, business, industry, government, advocates and partners, promoting and supporting quality vocational-technical and career education for all through leadership, advocacy, communications, professional development, and partnerships.

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This organization promotes business education in Iowa and is affiliated with the National Business Education Association.

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Iowa DECA is a Career & Technical Student Organization which prepares emerging leaders & entrepreneurs in  marketing, finance, hospitality & management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

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Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lamda (FBLA-PBL) is an organization of young people preparing for success as leaders in business, government, and communities

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This resource for parents, care givers, and educators provides resources and activities to help children learn to become "money experts." The site addresses early childhood, the middle years, and the teen years.

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The primary purpose of the organization is to promote business teacher education by providing national leadership and services to its member institutions and business teacher educators. Membership is open only to such colleges and universities that offer business teacher education curriculums approved by their respective State Departments of Education for the certification of business teachers. NABTE Institutional Representatives must be current professional members of NBEA.

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This organization provides business education professionals current information from their national organization as they prepare students for the ever-changing world of work.

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This organization is an affiliate of the National Business Education Association (NBEA), the nation's largest professional organization devoted exclusively to serving individuals and groups engaged in instruction, administration, research, and dissemination of information for and about business. This region includes the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin; and the Canadian provinces adjacent to the North Central Region.

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Taking business courses in high-school can give students a significant competitive advantage in the college admissions process — and beyond.  In addition to expanding their knowledge about business and entrepreneurship, these courses teach students many crucial life skills, including leadership and time management.

In this article, we will share the benefits of 6 business-related areas of study which are ideally suited for high-achieving high-school students.

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Check out these "Ted Lessons" for use in your classroom.

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