Business Computer Technology
Sonya Carson, Instructor
Business Computer Technology is designed to educate, train, and provide guidance for secondary vocational students who seek to develop the knowledge, skills, and behavioral characteristics necessary for successful entry-level employment in office occupations for the twenty-first century.
BCT is offered as a two-year occupational skills program at Newton Career Center. The class is offered as a two-period block and students earn 2 Carnegie units each year.
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) education association of students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields. The Association has four divisions:
- FBLA Middle Level for junior high, middle and intermediate school students
- FBLA for high school students
- PBL for postsecondary students, and the
- Professional Alumni Division for business people, educators and parents, who support the goals of the Association
For the past few years, FBLA-PBL has enjoyed an annual increase in membership. The high school level has more than 215,000 members, while Phi Beta Lambda (postsecondary level) reaches over 10,000 college students. The newest group, FBLA Middle Level (grades 5-9) is showing remarkable growth with 8,000 student members and is developing member interest for the high school level.
The FBLA-PBL Mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. FBLA-PBL is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, and organized on local, state and national levels. Business teachers/advisers and advisory councils (including school officials, business people and community representatives) guide local chapters. State advisers and committee members coordinate chapter activities for the national organization.
Newton’s FBLA chapter has fundraisers each semester to pay for district, state, and national competition. The ongoing fundraiser, sold every week, is the “Tiger News” newsletter. The Business and Computer Technology II students are responsible for modifying and selling it every week. The other fundraisers are usually the sale of lollipops, chocolate bars, and other confections.
The district competition is open to any member who feels they are skilled in a certain area. This competition is held at East Central Community College in Decatur, usually in February. The top six winners in each event are eligible to compete at state competition at Hinds County Community College in April. The top two winners in each event are eligible to compete at national competition, which is usually held in various American resorts in the summer months.