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Vista Del Lago High School

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To provide opportunities for integrating academic and occupational related instruction required in reaching the high standards for success in American business. Vista Del Lago High School Business Pathway will provide opportunities for integrating academic and occupation related instruction in the area of entrepreneurial arts and sciences.

The goal is to prepare students to manage and own business enterprises in a 21st century global economy. Students will gain an understanding of successful business practices including finance, investment, research and development, growth, sales and returns of investments. It will be designed as a theme-based high school curriculum in which students stay with a group of teachers over integrated curriculum cycles to create a supportive learning environment. Partnerships and mentor programs with local businesses and employers will provide connections between school and work.

The Vista Del Lago High School Business Pathway will be created with a partnership program. Some ideas of partners are: Moreno Valley Chamber of Commerce, Visterra Credit Union and Inland Empire Minority Business Enterprise Center. Businesses assist in providing high-quality education to prepare students for continuing their education and their career.

Pathway Concepts:

  • Comprehensive business training
  • Career exploration
  • School-within-a-school
  • Hands-on learning
  • Integrated curriculum
  • Comprehensive business training
  • Education relevant to the workplace
  • Team approach to instruction
  • Emphasis on skills and competencies


Technical Skills:

  • Word processing
  • Database operations
  • Spreadsheet development
  • Desktop publishing and layout
  • Internet
  • Keyboarding


Job Readiness Skills:

  • Team building
  • Business communications
  • Interviewing
  • Resume writing
  • Problem solving
  • Business values and ethics
  • Human relations
  • Adapting to change


An Exciting Way to Learn:

  • Student mentoring
  • Work-site training
  • Job shadowing
  • Guest speakers
  • Field trips
  • Student recognition


Sequence of Courses:


Office Suite I & II

This course introduces the student to a variety of computer office applications.  The applications include Microsoft Word (word processing), Excel (spreadsheets), Access (database) and Power Point (presentation)


Web Page Design

Students in this course will master the technology of designing and hosting an individualized website. The student will use a web editor to create dynamic online documents and publish them to local and remote web servers


Technology Support:

In this course the student will master the technology to identify characteristics and features of Information Technology devices. The course goals allow students the opportunity to touch and feel the internal components of a computer. MOUSE (Making Opportunities for Upgrading Schools & Education) enables high school students to learn 21st century Information Technology (IT), communication, leadership, and problem solving skills while providing tech support services to their schools.


Network Technician I

This course is a hands-on, career-oriented e-learning solution with an emphasis on practical experience to help students develop fundamental computer skills, along with essential career skills. The Cisco® IT Essentials curriculum supports students to prepare for entry-level ICT career opportunities and the CompTIA A+ certification assists students to differentiate themselves in the marketplace to advance their careers. In addition, the course provides a learning pathway to the Cisco CCNA® Discovery and CCNA Exploration curricula. Hardware and software curriculum provides an introduction to the computer hardware and software skills needed to help meet the growing demand for entry-level ICT professionals. The curriculum covers the fundamentals of PC computer technology, networking, and security, and also provides an introduction to advanced concepts


Network Technician II

This course is a second semester course. It continues with emphasis on learned practical experience plus additional skills. This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the ICT industry and interactive, hands-on exposure to personal computers, hardware, software, and operating systems. Upon completing Network Technician I and II, students must take and pass the CISCO test to receive certification. The CompTIA A+ certification validates knowledge of computer service technicians that is equivalent to 500 hours of hands-on experience. CompTIA A+ students have completed course work with a understanding of hardware and operating system technologies including installation, configuration, diagnosing, preventive maintenance and basic networking.


Post-secondary Options:

Riverside Community College

California Institute of Technology

San Bernardino Valley College

University of California, Riverside

California State University, Los Angels

California State University, Fullerton

California State University, Long Beach

San Diego State University

California Poly, Pomona & San Luis Obispo

Additional Requirements:

  • Students must meet all graduation requirements
  • Students make a full-year commitment on an annual basis
  • Students who do not continue in the program return to their regular classes