The Business Academic and Career Pathway prepares students for a postsecondary education or career in business administration, finance, marketing or entrepreneurship. APS has partnered with higher education institutions to offer business courses where students can earn college credit and gain essential skills that make them competitive in job markets both global and local.

Why Business?

Whether students want to open their own business, work in a corporate environment or strategically manage their personal finances, participation in the Business Pathway will give them a head start in becoming successful, 21st century citizens. Business Pathway students start by learning the basics of finances, the stock market and entrepreneurship, so no matter where they end up, they will be wielding the financial savvy of a businessperson.

Students who study business have some of the broadest career options, and after college they can go on to work at a corporation, non-profit organization or the government. If they are interested in business administration, they can pursue an M.B.A. after they earn their undergraduate degree to build their credentials even further.

Business Careers
An APS student interns at the Colorado State Senate
Hinkley High School students

When all is said and done, the majority of employed workers in the United States work for a business. So for students who choose to study business, the sky is the limit when it comes to possible career paths. Possible options include, but are not limited to:

  • Accountant
  • Marketing Manager
  • Economist
  • Financial Analyst
  • Administrative or Executive Assistant
  • Entrepreneur
  • Stock Broker
  • Small Business Manager
  • Market Researcher
  • Systems Analyst
  • Business Consultant
  • Salesperson
  • Customer Service Specialist
Which Schools Offer the Business Pathway?

Currently, students at the following schools have the option to participate in the Business Pathway. However, other schools throughout APS will be offering this pathway within several years.





Did you know?

In a study of students who interned at businesses for four to six weeks and learned about the businesses, the interns showed higher self esteem than their peers who had not participated in a business internship.

Students in APS have the option to apply for internships at their school or through the Executive Internship Program at Pickens Technical College.

Is Business for Me?

Students interested in business should consider the following before making a decision:

  • Are you an “ideas” person who likes to innovate?
  • Do you enjoy managing money?
  • Do you like the idea of working in an office?
  • Are you comfortable with change and a fast-paced work environment?
  • Do you like to work in groups or with a team?
  • Are you a natural leader?
  • If someone asked, could you explain to them why you want to study business?

If you answered yes to many of the questions above, business may be the pathway for you!