THE BUSINESS ACADEMY
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E1 Dean of Students
E1 Dean of Students
Phone: 713-556-5233OVERVIEWBe part of something big—your future!
The Business Academy provides opportunities for students interested in pursuing a career in a variety of business areas. Through the combination of business classes, field trips, shadowing opportunities, internships, guest speakers, and community workshops, you will be better prepared for college as well as other future endeavors.
Students choose from four business strands: 1) General Business, 2) Magnet, 3) Business Ownership, and 4) Entrepreneurship & Culinary Arts. They are designed to appeal to a variety of business interests and allow students flexibility with their schedule and input into their learning.
ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND CULINARY ARTS PROGRAM
The Entrepreneurship and Culinary Arts programs are an integral part of the Business Academy. The students involved in this program are trained in everything from sanitation and safety during food preparation to recipe structure and presentation skills. These students are also responsible for running the Outback Café on campus for students, faculty and community members. In addition, students participate in culinary competitions through Skills USA and ProStart. For more information about this program, please follow this link: Entrepreneurship and Culinary Arts program.PRACTICUM IN BUSINESS MANAGEMENTSeniors at Westside High School have the opportunity to participate in a work-based learning program called Practicum in Business Management. This course gives the students the opportunity to put into practice a variety of business techniques and concepts learned over three years while taking business courses at Westside. We currently have students working as administrative assistants along with students in the IT, engineering/drafting and accounting & finance fields. These young professionals take their 4 core classes in the morning and report to work from 1-5 p.m. Students apply for the Genesys Works or Practicum in Business Management Program during January of their junior year. Applications will be available from Ms. Melton in L203. For more information about this program, please follow this link: Practicum in Business Management.ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES
- Guest Speakers: Members from our business community are invited into the school so students can learn information from successful business people firsthand. Experts from a variety of fields will be invited throughout the year.
- Fieldtrips: Students from the Business Academy will have the opportunity to attend an assortment of field trips to see businesses in action.
- Shadowing: Students who apply for job shadowing opportunities will spend a day following a professional to learn firsthand what the job entails.
- Internships: Upper class students can apply for off-campus internships to gain work experience and increase marketability. In the past, some of our students have held internships at Martinizing Dry Cleaners, Quentin Mease Hospital (occupational/physical therapy department), Petrobras, Sysco, and SCI.