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Business Exploration Academy

College Credit in High School

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Earn free college credit.

Determine if you’re a born marketer or if management is more your style. Thinking about finance as a major? This will help you decide what area in business is for you!

Some of the most popular college majors are in business-related fields. This academy will give you a jump-start to determine which of the areas best match your future goals.

Career Focus
Management, marketing or business-related majors add value and prepare you for a variety of flexible career opportunities in our region.

College Credits Earned: 12

Thinking about becoming a business major in college but unsure which area is the best for you? Will you study Finance? Management? Sales? The options are limitless. This academy is designed for students to explore the different areas of business. Pre-business transfer students are encouraged to enroll in Arts and Sciences Academy.

Iowa average salaries in business-related fields
Manager: $50,000 - $100,000 depending upon field
Marketing Manager: $60,000 - $80,000
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College Credit Courses
Courses subject to change based on college curriculum.


BUS-102 | Introduction to Business | 3 college credits

Focuses on American and global business and introduces each primary facet of operating a business. Incorporates economic, social and political influences that affect business success. Credits: 3, Hours: (3/0/0/0), Prereq: none; Coreq: none; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

ACC-120 | Survey of Accounting | 3 college credits

Introduces basic concepts of financial and managerial accounting, with emphasis on how accounting reports are used by managers, investors and other business stakeholders, and how transactions impact the three primary financial statements, showing the integrated nature of accounting. Provides an overview of the accounting cycle, internal control, budgeting, decision-making and inventory management issues. Credits: 3, Hours: (3/0/0/0), Prereq: none; Coreq: none; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B;


MGT-121 | Project Management Basics | 3 college credits

Emphasizes the importance of proper attitudes towards self, others and organization values. Stresses the development of a good self-concept and the relationship this has to energy levels, emotions, verbal and nonverbal communication. Prepares students to understand how to deal with conflict and how to be a productive member of a work group. Credits: 3, Hours: (3/0/0/0), Prereq: none; Coreq: none; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

MKT-140 | Principles of Selling | 3 college credits

Provides basic skills needed to sell goods and services in a marketing economic system. Students learn about careers in selling, buyer behavior, product knowledge and selling concepts. Emphasis is on problem solving. Credits: 3, Hours: (3/0/0/0), Prereq: none; Coreq: none; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

Need to Know
Students receive credit from their high school and college credit from Kirkwood. The high school district pays the college tuition.

The grade earned in this course is reflected on the student’s official college transcript. Students not planning to attend Kirkwood after high school graduation should plan to include this transcript as part of the application process to other colleges or universities.

As part of earning college credit for this academy, students must complete an online application to Kirkwood Community College to create the official student record.

How to Get Started
Talk to your parents and your school counselor.

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