Business Pathway

The Minnesota Center for Advanced Professional Studies (MNCAPS) Business pathway allows students to engage in a real-world experience in high-demand corporate environments. The MNCAPS Business Pathway will utilize project-based learning and case study methods to introduce general business and marketing concepts with an entrepreneurial focus. Students will learn how to research an industry, observe market trends and develop their own domestic business plan with the intention to take it global. In addition, they will learn skills in project management and strategy by working with outside clients on real world projects in a variety of business processes.  Students will spend three periods (half a day), both semesters at the MNCAPS location, working on partner-driven projects, solving business problems and experiencing the challenges of project-based work. This pathway requires students to apply these concepts to designing, implementing and reporting on a business research project and will be evaluated by both the teachers and the clients for whom they conduct the project.

HIGH SCHOOL & POTENTIAL COLLEGE CREDIT

Students will earn High School Credit for each of the courses taken at MNCAPS.  A student earning a passing grade of 70 percent or better in a MNCAPS course may earn college credit(s) through College Now Concurrent Enrollment Program. If the MNCAPS course contains Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) it may transfer to one of the Minnesota State College & Universities (MnSCU).

COURSE CREDIT

Business Pathway Year I

First Semester (3 Hours)

Course Name High School Credit College Credit
MNCAPS Introduction to Business Elective 3
MNCAPS AP Microeconomics Economics
MNCAPS College Freshman Composition English requirement 4

Second Semester (3 Hours)

Course Name High School Credit College Credit
MNCAPS Marketing Concepts & Strategies Elective 4
MNCAPS AP Macroeconomics Economics
MNCAPS Public Speaking Speech

Business Pathway Year II

First Semester (2 Hours)

Course Name High School Credit College Credit
MNCAPS Business Finance Elective 3
MNCAPS AP Statistics Math

Second Semester (2 Hours)

Course Name High School Credit College Credit
MNCAPS Entrepreneurship Elective 3
MNCAPS AP Statistics Math

Guest instructors provide their expertise on topics aligned to the MNCAPS curriculum. Teachers use an approach to learning, which enables students to master academic core content first and then see how this learning is implemented by business partners to provide solutions to real-world challenges.GUEST INSTRUCTORS

MENTORSHIP AND NETWORKING

All MNCAPS students have a 1:1 mentor. Mentors often open doors and guest instructors freely share their contact information, some provide employment opportunities and extended site visits.