Business Education Department



Mrs. Lynne Palleria, Department Chair

Room 308


 Ms. Kendra O'Brien Mr. Geno Capuano

Mr.Anthony D'Agostino

DECA Advisor 


Ms. Joyce Iannicelli



Business Academy Promo  


Business Department Rubrics

Word Processing 1 Technique    Resume

Research                                  Power Point

Oral Presentation



It is the mission of the Wilby Business Department to teach and guide all students in developing the skills, knowledge, understanding and attitudes necessary for successful participation in post-secondary education and/or employment and in their daily personal business and financial endeavors as responsible and contributing citizens of local, national, and global economies.


Wilby High School offers students the opportunity to select the Business and Finance Academy as one of the four career academy choices. The Business and Finance Academy offers three strands in which a student can receive a certificate upon graduation. 


The three strands are: 

  • Accounting/Finance
  • Computer Applications
  • Marketing/Entrepreneurship


Business courses can open up career opportunities in many occupations. If you complete the Accounting/Finance strand it could open the door to the following career opportunities: accountant, banker, financial planner, and stockbroker. Imagine graduating with a certificate in Computer Applications and you will have the beginning tools to pursue such careers as: administrative assistant, database administrator, web designer, and computer applications specialist. Have you ever dreamed of owning your own business? Careers in the Marketing/Entrepreneurship strand include: business owner, advertising/sales executive, retailer, and sports/entertainment promoter.


In order to receive a certificate in the Business and Finance Academy a student must fulfill the following criteria:



  • Take four or more business courses required for that strand
    • Accounting/Finance Strand
      • Word Processing 1
      • Personal Finance
      • Accounting 1
      • Accounting 2
      • Computers 1
    • Computer Applications Strand

§  Word Processing 1

§  Personal Finance

§  Computers 1

§  Computers 2

§  Word Processing 2

    • Marketing/Entrepreneurship Strand

§  Word Processing 1

§  Personal Finance

§  Entrepreneurship

§  Marketing 1

§  Marketing 2

  • Take two courses in the correct sequential succession in a specific strand, i.e.: Accounting/Finance, Computer Information Technology and Marketing/Entrepreneurship.
  • Successfully pass all business classes


  • Take the Perkins Test (given by NOCTI/State of Connecticut) in a concentrator course

Business courses offer experience in:

  • Project-Based Learning
  • On-the Job Training
  • Employability Skills
  • Real-life Experiences
  • Wide Variety of Career Opportunities
  • Field Trips
  • Guest Speakers
  • Academy Clubs
  • Academy Awards/Scholarships
  • Academy Certificate
  • Portfolio Development


606      ACCOUNTING 1                                         GRADES: 10-12     CREDIT: 1.00

Provides complete coverage of service and merchandising businesses with two different types of ownership structures-proprietorships and partnerships. Each type of business is presented in a complete accounting cycle covering the analyzing of transactions into debit and credit accounts, journalizing, posting, cash control systems, financial statements and adjusting and closing entries. Accounting concepts are introduced using a modern business with owners that students can relate to in each cycle.


607      ACCOUNTING 2                                                     GRADES: 11-12      CREDIT: 1.00

Prerequisite:  Accounting I

Begins with a business simulation in which students perform all of the tasks covered in Accounting 1. The remainder of the course is dedicated to the study of accounting tasks that must be performed by or for a corporation. The advantages and disadvantages of this type of ownership are discussed as well as a brief overview of the stock market. In Accounting 2 students perform all of the accounting tasks and activities in the accounting cycle for a corporation. During the final marking period in this course students will be introduced to an automated accounting system in which they will use their knowledge of the accounting process to record, journalize and post transactions as well as generate financial reports in a fast and effective manner. Solving problems, making decisions and reasoning effectively are used throughout this course. *Perkins Concentrator for Business/Finance Technology


618      BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS                        GRADES: 10-12      CREDIT: 1.00

Teaches advanced grammar, punctuation and composition skills. Students will prepare business correspondence, deliver oral presentations, and use electronic writing tools. Students will develop sensitivity in communicating with a diverse work force. International communications will also be addressed.



630      BUSINESS LAW                                          GRADES: 11-12     CREDIT: 1.00

Students will study not only the principles and rules of law, in relation to the business environment, but also the purpose and logic of the law. They are introduced to the history of the American legal system, civil law and rights and responsibilities of young adults in the business world. Students will learn how to evaluate different situations from moral and ethical positions and compare those to how the same situations are viewed through the eyes of the law.


656      WORD PROCESSING 1                             GRADES: 9-12       CREDIT: 1.00

This course is designed to provide each student with an essential skill for survival in today’s technologically competitive job market. The students will learn the basic QWERTY keyboarding technique as well as the formatting and creation of essential business documents such as resumes, business letters and reports. The class provides students with the foundations to be competitive in a technologically savvy world. *Satisfies Waterbury Public Schools technology component for graduation


657      WORD PROCESSING 2                             GRADES: 10-12     CREDIT: 1.00

Prerequisite:  Word Processing 1

This course is designed for the more technologically savvy student who is interested in learning the advanced features of the Microsoft Word and Microsoft Publisher software. The course will also give students practical experience in creating web pages, tables and graphs, newspaper and flyer layouts as well as other business documents. These essential skills and formatting guidelines will serve our students well within any field or industry that they choose to enter.


664      COMPUTERS 1                                           GRADES: 10-12     CREDIT: 1.00

Prerequisite: Word Processing 1

This course focuses on the Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint programs, which teach the fundamentals of spreadsheets and electronic presentations. In Excel, students will learn how to manipulate data accurately, quickly, and easily using the spreadsheet application. They will also learn how to produce charts and graphs in order to display numeric data. In PowerPoint, students will learn how to make effective presentations and learn the skills required for effective communications.


665      COMPUTERS 2                                           GRADES: 10-12     CREDIT: 1.00

Prerequisite:  Word Processing 1

This hands-on course is designed to provide students with database, internet research and web page development skills. Students will use Microsoft Access to organize, maintain, and manipulate data efficiently using a computerized database. They will also learn how the internet works, and how it can be used as an effective tool concerning research. Microsoft FrontPage, which is web-page editing software, will be utilized for creating, editing and maintaining both personal and business web-sites. *Perkins Concentrator for Informational Technology


667      BUSINESS INTERNSHIP                          GRADES: 11-12     CREDIT: 1.00

Prerequisite: Department Head Permission

Business Internship will provide a hands-on opportunity for students to work in an office environment in the local business community. The student will secure employment and demonstrate skills required for successful performance in an administrative support position.



Prerequisite: Department Head Permission

This is a student-centered apprenticeship that provides for school-to-work transition. It is a cooperative effort among the school, the student, and employers in the immediate and surrounding communities, and includes instruction in the classroom and on the job. Students prepare in the areas of career education, decision-making, goal-setting, and work preparation. Students can take the classroom portion alone and receive one credit, but are encouraged to become involved in the actual work experience as well. The community serves as a laboratory where carefully planned practical experiences can be applied concurrently with classroom learning. Students enrolled in this portion must be in a paid working occupation. The work experience credit earned will be based upon the actual number of successful hours worked and work evaluations. They can earn ¼ credit per marking period and up to one credit per year for their work experience. The average number of working hours encouraged is 10-20 hours per week.


670      ENTREPRENEURSHIP                             GRADES: 10-12     CREDIT: 1.00

This course helps student’s gain an understanding of the business/marketing principles necessary to start and operate a business. Students will explore the traits and characteristics of successful entrepreneurs. Students will learn how to identify and evaluate business opportunities, develop a business concept and marketing plan, assess and obtain the required resources, and manage the growth of new ventures. Students will develop a written business plan for a business of their choice. 


671      MARKETING 1                                           GRADES: 10-12     CREDIT: 1.00

This course is designed to enable students to understand and apply marketing, management, and entrepreneurial principles. Students will learn the importance of making rational economic decisions. Students will also learn how to exhibit social responsibility in a global economy. The marketing program is designed to be one of the primary preparation resources for the DECA Club, and school store. It is devoted to preparing students for DECA competitions and retail management.


672      MARKETING 2                                           GRADES: 11-12     CREDIT: 1.00

Prerequisite:  Marketing 1

This course is designed to provide students, who already have the marketing fundamentals, a chance to actually market a product, and acquire employment as an internship/cooperative work experience. Classroom time and on-the-job training time are both utilized. Classroom time is spent on learning how to market their own product, along with learning how to maintain and manage their work experience. On-the-job training enables them to gain valuable work experience in a marketing/related field before entering the work force upon graduation. *Perkins Concentrator for Marketing Education


677      PERSONAL FINANCE                              GRADES: 10-12     CREDIT: 1.00

Students will be introduced to personal money management topics encountered in their daily lives, now and in the future. The material will focus on choosing a career, job interviewing, opening and maintaining a checking account, preparing income taxes, purchasing and maintaining a vehicle; buying life, health and homeowners insurance, starting a credit history, and saving for the future. The student will develop skills to make them competent decision-makers, productive members of the work force, and effective consumers through discussions, authentic task projects and internet use.


678      INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS                GRADES: 10-12      CREDIT: 1.00

International Business emphasizes an awareness of the global economy and how business is conducted.  Areas of study will include the cultural, geographic, political, and legal ramifications affecting business markets and world trade; and the international aspects of finance, management, marketing, communication, and technology. Instructional strategies include use of Internet access to communicate/research with international businesses and individual schools, guest speakers, simulations, interviews, and business projects.

Wilby High School
568 Bucks Hill Road
Waterbury, CT 06704
Phone: 203.574.8100

Fax: 203.574.6896