In a dynamic environment, Business, Computer, and Information Technology (BCIT) education is guided by a global vision, recognizing business as an essential component of curriculum involving all learners in real-life applications of learning. The specific instructional contexts, content, and teaching resources used for student learning are designed for diverse audiences using constantly evolving technology.
The primary purpose of education is to play a prominent role in preparing students to become responsible citizens, capable of making the astute economic decisions that will benefit their personal and professional lives. BCIT courses provide the stimulus for students to successfully complete college programs in one of several areas of business and/or information technology. These courses also help students develop career and college readiness strategies, consumer wisdom, knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to succeed in a global workforce.
From future business leaders to entry level positions, inclusiveness of all populations is an important part and obligation of the business education curriculum. This diversified approach is witnessed by the depth and breadth of the BCIT current course offerings and future course offerings. The economic consequences of preparation affect both consumption and life-work decisions. Leadership, teamwork, self-awareness, and interpersonal skills, as well as effective communication as writers, listeners, and speakers are necessary to function in social, industrial, and business settings.
North Allegheny School District’s multifaceted business education includes subject areas which focus on the functional areas of business (management, marketing, finance, accounting, entrepreneurship), on factors which affect business (economics, international business, business law), and on the examination of business from different perspectives world-wide. With a focus on the global market, business leaders need to develop skills to effectively lead in this new environment with increasingly complex logistical, cultural, and structural challenges. Technology is evolving at breakneck speed. The use of interactive internet technologies (blogs, webcasts, social media, etc.) to identify and solve various business problems, and solving cybersecurity issues have become vital to survival in the business world. Companies are moving toward micro-learning platforms and self-directed learning for training. Business Education is in the unique position to provide students with these experiences and skills throughout the curriculum, preparing them to incorporate these tools into their school, home and professional lives. Information technologies with a focus on cybersecurity laws along with multiple computer languages are imperative to a 21st Century instructional curriculum. With the fast pace of technological change and its subsequent impact on business, it is essential for students to acquire a strong technological foundation for career and college readiness.
In classrooms across the country, business educators are creatively connecting with students. Using a variety of teaching methods, Business, Computer, and Information Technology provides students with a real world foundation for the dynamic technological and global business environment that exists in today’s society.