The Business strand has two different pathways from which students can choose: General Business and the Outback Entrepreneurship/Culinary Arts program.  Although each program is business related, they each have their own specific focus.  Both programs provide a rigorous curriculum in the classroom and complementary enrichment opportunities outside of the classroom for students.  In the past Westside has partnered with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Annaloni’s Pizzaria, Junior Achievement, Genesys Works, Greater Houston Restaurant Association, Outback Steakhouse, Humitex, and many others.

    The Business Program Information

    business strand
    In the Business program students take a variety of business courses to give them the base knowledge needed to work in a business setting.  Senior year, studnets in the general business strand can choose from two capstone classes, Practicum in Business or Entrepreneurship.
    Senior students that qualify and have space in their schedule can opt to take Practicum in Business and participate in an off-campus internship through Genesys Works.  These students leave campus at lunch to report to thier jobs for the last three periods of the day.  The students average 15-20 hours a week in the fields of Accounting, Information Technology (IT), or Enginerring.

    Senior students interested in experiencing small business ownership can opt to take Entrepreneurship. In this class students will learn how to start a business from scratch by opening and operating our school store in the Commons every day after school.

    Students in this strand have the opportunity to earn their Microsoft Office Specialist 2007 Certification (MOS) and participate in University Interscholastic League (UIL) for Computer Applications.  Many students in this strand also participate in Business Professionals of America (BPA)o r Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA). DECA and BPA are national organizations that allow students to refine their business skills through competitions, conferences, and fellowship.


    Westside Culinary Academy (W.C.A.)

    Page under construction, please contact Chef Robert Holloway at robert.holloway2@houstonisd.org or Chef Curtis Bell at CBELL9@houstonisd.org for any questions related to the Westside Culinary Academy. 





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    *Business Electives include: Accounting, Banking and Finance, Sports and Entertainment Marketing or any other business electives offered (must be full year or two semesters that can be paired up)

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    *** Counts as speech credit

    Required electives are dependent upon the year the student started high school.  To see the graduation requirements, click here.

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