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Business at SGI: The Key to Success

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By Gwendolyn Fruehauf, SGI Student Reporter

It doesn’t matter what career you pursue, where you live, or what you spend your time doing— business always finds a way to weave itself into your life. But what is business?

Although there are many different meanings, one extensive definition would be a person, partnership, or corporation engaged in commerce, manufacturing, or a service. Each word in this description can be further broken down into subtopics, parts of a larger area of discussion. Business starts out as a large, distant matter, but slowly comes closer to home when you begin to understand its components.

At Springville-Griffith Institute High School, students are given the opportunity to learn about the business they will work with for the rest of their lives. Starting a business. Borrowing money. Selling products. Advertising. Working with computers. Signing contracts. Using a credit card. The simple things that, in actuality, structure their success.

Eric Holler, a high school business teacher alongside Nils Wikman, has taught at Springville for 10 years. He teaches Junior Seminar, a required course for all juniors which covers the entire college application process, and Retail Management, an independent study during which students use the school café as a real-world experience. Additionally, he educates students in Entrepreneurship and Sports Marketing and will be teaching Computer Science and Intro to Business in the upcoming school year. Other available business classes (that he does not teach) include Consumer Finance, Business of Music, Computer Science, Business Law, Accounting, and Intro to Microcomputers.

Caroline Dickinson, a senior, is taking accounting this year. “We learn how to run a fictional business based on sales and expenses and everything that involves money,” she said, when asked what she does in class. “We do money transactions, manage accounts within our fictional business, buy and sell, and learn how the money works within a business.”

Dickinson explained that she works at a small business in town and didn’t really think about the business aspects of the job until she started taking the accounting class. “It makes me think a lot about what goes on behind the scenes,” she explained.

Although students may not want to go into a career specific to the offered class, Holler explained that these business courses provide many transferrable skills. “You may not want to be an accountant someday, but if you understand the whole process of how it works, you can be more successful working in business,” he clarified. “A lot of the classes that we teach are self-guided, so we’ll set up something, give the students some instruction and then they’re on their own. It has a lot of independence.”

“It’s important, whether you’re interested in business or not, to know about how it works, because everyone has to approach a business at some point,” Dickinson said. “I’m going to school for business, so I think this will help me get a head start and build a basis.”

Students with  questions about SGI’s business electives should ask the teachers in that department or stop into our the Guidance Office.

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