JONESBORO — The course names may sound like college seminars, but they’re really career-track high school classes being offered this fall in Clayton County.
Five new business education courses with titles like “Legal Environment of Business” and “Entrepreneurial Ventures” have been added this year to the system’s Career Pathways, a state-approved career enhancement program that helps train students with a skill or trade.
“The added courses will help students become more marketable and better prepared for post-secondary success,” said Eboni Chillis, coordinator of Career, Technical and Agricultural Education for Clayton County Public Schools.
Other classes include “Financial Literacy,” “International Business and Marketing” and “Insurance and Risk Management.”
“These courses offer rigor, relevance and preparation for our students to be globally competitive and ready for college and career,” Chillis said.
They also offer focus for students who may show a knack for making a buck — say, by bootlegging DVDs for friends — but haven’t figured out an appropriate way to channel it, she said. Classes in entrepreneurship or business law, for example, can offer appropriate guidance.
Chillis said students trained this way will be especially well-prepared for what the Bureau of Labor Statistics refers to as “middle-skill jobs,” which require significant preparation but not necessarily a bachelor’s degree.
“In Clayton County we are ensuring our students are pathway completers, with the credentials and ability to decrease the skilled labor gaps,” Chillis said.
Clayton County’s career and technical curriculum offers courses including agriculture, architecture and construction, finance, law, hospitality, health science and information technology.