McCann Technical School
Business Technology

Department Faculty
Pamela Dorwin pdorwin@mccanntech.org | Phone Ext: 150 Teacher Page
Regina Dastoli rdastoli@mccanntech.org | Phone Ext: 149 Teacher Page
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Business Technology (BT) prepares students for a wide range of business and office career paths by combining the business, computer, and office technology fields into one course of study.  Students graduating from Business Technology are ready to enter different sectors of the business world with very marketable skills.  Through the four year program, students gain a thorough knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation, and desktop publishing applications.  In addition, students explore related business topics such as marketing, business management, customer service, entrepreneurship, communications, accounting, and finance.  BT students leave ready to be effective team members in a business organization or develop their skills further in college.

CERTIFICATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS

Students completing the BT program are eligible to receive the following certifications:

  1. Microsoft Office Specialist certifications in Word, Word Expert, Excel, Excel Expert, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook
  2. Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3)
  3. SkillsUSA Work Force Ready System certification in Customer Service, Employability
  4. The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) General Industry Safety and Health certification.

UPCOMING EVENTS

On November 13, 2014 a team of Business Technology seniors will travel to the MassMutual Center in Springfield, MA for the Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts’ 9th Annual Stock Market Competition.  During this event, the MassMutual Center will be turned into the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, where more than 800 students from 28 schools will participate! Prior to the event, students will complete prep lessons to familiarize them with the stock market, how stocks are bought and sold, and how to work together as a team to participate in the event. Each team will be given a fictitious $1,000,000 to invest in 50 fictitious stocks. Each trading day is an exciting 60 seconds, with a total of 60 trading days, all happening over the course of 60 minutes! Teams must continuously read the “news of the day” to keep abreast of what’s happening in the marketplace. They have to make quick decisions, get the attention of a trader and buy, sell, or trade. The goal is to build the highest portfolio net worth in a frantic “60 days”!

On December 10, 2014 representatives from Men’s Wearhouse will speak to BT sophomores and juniors about the importance of making a positive first impression. Focusing on interviews, the conversation covers topics such as proper preparation and how to avoid common interview mistakes, along with style advice for both men and women.

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WORDS FROM OUR ALUMNI

Jordanne Wotkowicz ‘12
I got my work study job because of all the Business Technology skills that I had. My boss said that he ‘has never seen someone my age with a resume like mine.
Cassie Field ‘12
I found a work study job as a Systems Multimedia Assistant. Basically everything we did in shop, I am doing for my boss. He was very surprised at how quick I could construct a mail merge and now he has me making a PowerPoint on how to use PowerPoint and told me I might have to GIVE the presentation.
Nate Gutmann ‘12
Admissions counselors have asked me to give a speech on my college experience and my college search process and I believe that I’m ready for that because of all the presentations I had to do for you guys!
Kaylee Leja ‘12
Today, in my biology lab we were working with Excel and I ended up teaching the entire class how to create a graph, use headers and footers, and how to print a selection! You were right, everything I learned is definitely coming in handy! I just want to thank you both for teaching me so much!
Andrea Leal ‘14
As I have begun my freshman year of college, I have again become appreciative of the knowledge and skills I gained from my shop. As a Business major, I am currently taking an Introduction to Business Fundamentals course. In this course, I will learn the basics of business and build my professional skills, such as how to succeed in an interview, how to write a resume and dress professionally. In addition, my semester-long project is to create a business plan for a business of my choice. Learning this material would make many students nervous to take this class, but I walk confidently into the room each week. Through Business Technology, I have already learned all of this matter. I am thankful to my shop because I know I can achieve a good grade in this course.
The Business Technology program is affiliated with the following professional organizations:

CURRICULUM FRAMEWORKS

The BT program adheres to the State Vocational Standards set forth by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  The standards are met by following the McCann Business Technology Curriculum

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Paths for students completing the Business Technology program include careers in fields such as administration, management, medical, legal, education, entertainment, entrepreneurship, sports management, corporate, computer administration management, finance, marketing, and technology. With completion of the Business Technology program and further education students can pursue careers in accounting and finance, business administration, business management, and business marketing. For more information on current job opportunities see the article in US NEWS

RECENT JOB PLACEMENTS
For more information from the U.S. Department of Labor about careers in Business Technology click here.