The Government and Public Administration pathway includes training for potential elected or appointed government officials, or those responsible for making and executing public policy. This pathway would include training for any number of elected officials from city council to the President of the United States. It would also include the staff members who support those elected officials in carrying out their official duties. Careers in this pathway often require working with constituents of interests groups with conflicting goals. Leadership, consensus building and conflict resolution are important skills in this area. For most jobs in this pathway and additional post-secondary degree is required or recommended.
This pathway will prepare students to enter the workforce ready to participate as leaders in a broad range of careers and further their education.
The classes for this pathway are below. They are designed to build on each other and should be taken in the order specified.
Intro to Government & Public Administration 43001
Grade 8 Required (This class intertwined with the 8th grade History class.)
This course will introduce students to the knowledge and skills of serving the general public in a variety of occupations. Topics will include identifying personal strengths and weaknesses and setting career goals, leadership, teamwork and problem solving, analyzing leadership roles and identifying leadership opportunities within the school.
Career & Life Planning 22207
Grade 8 Elective Semester
Self-Management courses introduce students to the skills and strategies helpful in becoming more focused, productive individuals. These courses typically emphasize goal-setting; decision-making; managing time, energy, and stress; and identifying alternatives and coping strategies. They may also allow students to explore various career and lifestyle choices.
Government & Public Admin. Fundamentals 43105
Grade 9 Required Semester
This course will look at meeting the needs of the U.S.. culture through positions within Government and Public Administration. Topics will include the role of government in providing services for the US population, the impact of the US on other nations as well as the impact of other nations on the US , and the professional traits required of those in this field. In addition, it will look at the problem solving and critical thinking processes, and leadership and teamwork practices.
Grade 10-12 Elective Year
Entrepreneurship courses acquaint students with the knowledge and skills necessary to own and operate their own businesses. Topics from several fields typically form the course content: economics, marketing principles, human relations and psychology, business and labor law, legal rights and responsibilities of ownership, business and financial planning, finance and accounting, and communication.
Business Economics 12105
Grade 11-12 Elective Semester
(Can also be taken for Social Science elective credit.)
Business Economics course integrate economic principles (such as free market economy, consumerism, and the role of American government within the economic system) with entrepreneurship/business concepts (such as marketing principles, business law, and risk).
Career & Community Connections 22250
Grade 11-12 Elective Year
Community Living courses place a special emphasis on the students relationship to the surrounding community. Instruction varies with the students and their needs; however, these courses provide the skills necessary for independent functioning within the surrounding environment. Course topics may also include available community resources and how to access them, emergency skills, and independent living strategies.
College Agreement: Emporia State University
A student completing this pathway and attending Emporia State University will receive a scholarship for PO 121 American Government (3 credits)or PO100 Into to Government Politics (3 credits). The student will also be awarded PO350 Introduction to Public Administration (3 credits).
For more information please visit with the high school counselor.
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