My Finance Class

Welcome to My Finance Class, the official website for Financial Services and BPA at Northwest High School.

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“Financial Services has pushed me to work hard and step out of my comfort zone. This program has helped to prepare me for life and I am hopeful for what is in store for my future.”

Brennan Moore, 2018

“This class has done so much more for me than I ever would have expected. In fact, this year is one of the most memorable I have ever had and I will remember it for years to come. I can’t wait to make countless more memories in FS senior year.”

Trevor Rider, 2017
“Financial Services was everything that I thought it would be when I signed up for the class ... and so much more.”
 
Joshua Harper, 2016
“My junior year in Financial Services and the Knights Credit Union has been a great experience and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for my senior year. This class is really getting us prepared for college and beyond.”
 
Deja Martin, 2015
“When I look back on my days in high school, most of my memories will come from this class. I’ve gained friends for a lifetime, I’ve reached limits I never thought obtainable, stepped out of my shell, and have done some amazing things.”
   
Jayme Ahr, 2014
“Without Financial Services, I do not think I would be as prepared as I am for the college life and just being on my own. The program gives you a head start on the tools necessary for success.”
   
Zack Stamper, 2013
“I will always remember my experiences in BPA. I had a blast doing the competitions, traveling, and meeting new people.”
 
Antenajia Carter, 2014
“I am enjoying this program and learning a lot of cool things along the way that will help me in the future.”
 
Payton Brown, 2015
“Financial Services gave me the realization that I can achieve and conquer anything … I was made for this!”
 
Kyler Famble, 2016
“While applying for Financial Services, I was expecting the best two years of high school, and this first one has definitely met that expectation. I have learned so much and am grateful for the time I’ve spent in this class. I can’t wait to see what next year brings and I’m very excited to spend my senior year in this class.”

Abby Bandy, 2017

“It turns out that signing up for FS was the best decision I made in my high school life. This class showed me that I want to major in finance in college. I really love the material and can see myself doing something in business for the rest of my life.”

Andrew Orange Lemon, 2018

“This school year has definitely been one to remember. Having all my friends in one class was a great experience for me and to have an awesome teacher like Mr. Clark was even better. I’ve learned so many things in a year’s time, it’s absurd.”

Chandler Marshall, 2017

“This class was no ordinary class. We were all like one big family in Financial Services.”

Kobe Brown, 2016
“Financial Services has definitely prepared me for the next chapter of my life.”
  
Haley Golden, 2015
“Financial Services has given me the courage to do my best and go achieve anything that I set out to do.”
  
Hunter Giblin, 2014
“I have really enjoyed my time in Financial Services. I have had so many great experiences in this class and I have learned so much about finance and the business world.”
  
Amari Rose, 2013
“I am so grateful for having the opportunity to come to Financial Services everyday ready to learn something new and interesting!”
 
Ashley Gwinner, 2014
“This year in FS has been life changing, not just in the classroom but also in the real world. Can’t wait for next year!!!”
  
Delton Colvard, 2015
“Financial Services has helped me to grow both as a person and a leader.”
  
Carter Gehring, 2016
“This class has been the most interesting and enjoyable class that I have ever been in. It has taught me so much, and given me so many different opportunities.”

Claire Horne, 2017

"No matter what happens or how much time goes by, I will always be a Financial Services student from the Class of 2018.”

James Adleta, 2018

“Financial Services has taught me to be more innovative. I’ve started looking at things in the everyday more as a businessman, always trying to think of ways I could potentially make something better.”

Carlos Boyd, 2017

“This year and this course have changed my life in more ways than one. Taking Financial Services is one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life.”

Louis Girts, 2016

“Financial Services was the best part of high school because of all the amazing things I got to experience.”
  
DeAirrez Daniels, 2015
“Financial Services not only prepares you for college, it prepares you for life."
  
DaQuan Fletcher, 2014
“Throughout my two years in Financial Services, I have grown so much – as a student and as a person. I will never forget this class, my teacher, or my classmates.”
 
Eric Hunn, 2013
“Financial Services has expanded my horizons and changed my outlook on the world of business and economics.”
 
Briana Leigh, 2014
“I loved this class so much and I can’t wait until next year to learn so much more…”
  
Lilly Dominguez, 2015
“The environment of the class was very welcoming, people who were shy came out of their shells, the open environment allowed questions to be asked freely, and wrong answers to be forgotten within seconds without embarrassment. These are all things you will not find in any other high school classroom."
 
Jenna Ahr, 2016

“I have totally enjoyed having this class … in fact, this entire year in Financial Services has been awesome.”

Julio Toro, 2017

“This class helped me build some of my best friendships. We helped each other every step of the way and now we are set to go out on our own, but I know we can do it because of FS and the lessons we have learned for an amazing and successful future.”

Hunter Nichols, 2018

College & Career Ready

Financial Services College Tech Prep offers a truly unique atmosphere. Students learn interesting material in a fast-paced, interactive environment. Teamwork, effective communication techniques, and time management skills are learned through extensive involvement in classroom projects and activities. Students gain valuable leadership skills and have the opportunity to compete at regional, state, and national levels as members of Business Professionals of America. And most importantly, Financial Services prepares students for a successful transition to many exciting college majors and careers.


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COLLEGE CREDITS
 

Seniors in Financial Services will earn college credits through College Credit Plus for college-level business and finance classes at Cincinnati State. In addition to your high school credits, you’ll receive 12 semester hours of transcripted college credit for FS. You must qualify for CCP with Cincinnati State, but there is no cost to students for these credits. Since you are actually taking college classes, will be able to transfer your CCP credits to any college you choose. 

Ohio College Tech PrepARTICULATED
COLLEGE CREDITS
 

Financial Services is a College Tech Prep program, which means you have the opportunity to qualify for articulated credits at several area colleges through Ohio College Tech Prep. These credits are similar to AP credits and you will need to take a placement test at the college you will be attending. The number of credits and the specific criteria to earn those credits varies by institution, so you should speak with schools directly to see if they will accept the articulated credits (and how many). These credits are not transferrable.

NOTE: Minimum eligibility criteria for articulated credits include: maintaining a C or better in Financial Services, having an overall GPA of 2.0, and scoring “college ready” on college placement tests (ACT, SAT, or COMPASS).

Ohio College Tech Prep Website

Touring Ohio University

STAND OUT ON COLLEGE APPLICATIONS

Financial Services makes you stand out on your college applications! Many high achieving students, like you, are spending a lot of time thinking about what they can do to get into the very best college possible. There is no doubt that being admitted to a good college requires you to stand out from your peers. You may also be exploring what you want to study and what career path will satisfy you personally and professionally. Standing out on your college application and gaining a firmer grasp on your future path are among the many important benefits of being in Financial Services.

COLLEGE MAJORS & CAREER PATHS

Financial Services prepares students for a successful transition to many exciting college majors and careers:

 

Possible College Majors

  • Finance
  • Economics
  • Accounting
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • International Business
  • Real Estate
  • Pre-Law
  • Information Technology

Possible Careers

  • Stock Broker
  • Investment Banker
  • Accountant
  • Lawyer
  • Economist
  • Consultant
  • Financial Analyst
  • Insurance Agent
  • Money Manager
  • Realtor
  • Entrepreneur
Touring University of Cincinnati

COLLEGE BOUND

Financial Services gets you ready to succeed in college and beyond. Traditionally, all of our Financial Services graduates go on to college. Many of these students leave high school with college credits and/or scholarships as a result of their success in this program. If you're serious about college, and you're interested in business, then your choice is clear.

These resources are here to help you plan for college and find scholarships to help pay for it!

Get Schooled: https://getschooled.com

TG Adventures in Education: www.aie.org

College Scholarships: www.college-scholarships.com

eCampusTours.com: www.ecampustours.com

MyPlan.com: www.myplan.com

BLS Career Information: www.bls.gov/k12

Know How 2 Go: www.knowhow2go.org

YOUniversityTV College Video Tours: www.youniversitytv.com 

Fastweb: www.fastweb.com

Undergrad Success: http://undergradsuccess.com/

Common App: http://commonapp.org

College Essay Advisor: www.collegeessayadvisors.com

Collaboration

COLLEGE PLACEMENT TESTS: ACT OR SAT?

SAT or ACT? Most colleges accept SAT or ACT scores, so you may wonder if you should take the SAT, ACT or both exams. Many students score similarly on the ACT and SAT. However, the tests do assess different information and problem solving skills, so it's not unusual to do better on one exam than the other. Key exam differences are outlined below:

Aptitude vs. Achievement. The SAT was designed as an aptitude test - it tests your reasoning and verbal abilities, not what you've learned in school. The ACT, on the other hand, is an achievement test. It is meant to test what you have learned in school.

Test Length. The ACT has 215 questions plus the optional essay. The SAT has 170 questions plus the required essay. The actual testing time for the ACT with essay is 3 hours and 25 minutes while the SAT takes 3 hours and 20 minutes.

ACT Science. One of the biggest differences between the ACT and SAT is that the ACT has a science test that includes questions in areas such as biology, chemistry, physics and earth science . However, you don't need to be a science whiz to do well on the ACT. In fact, the science test is really assessing your ability to read and understand graphs, scientific hypotheses, and research summaries. Students who do well with critical reading often do well on the Science Reasoning Test.

Writing Skills Differences. Grammar is important for both the SAT and ACT, so students taking either exam should know rules for subject/verb agreement, proper pronoun usage, identifying run-ons and so on. However, the emphasis in each exam is a little different. The ACT places more emphasis on punctuation.

ACT Trigonometry. The ACT has a few questions that require trigonometry. The SAT does not. ACT trig is pretty basic, but you should go into the exam understanding how to use sine and cosine.

The SAT Guessing Penalty. The SAT was designed so that random guessing hurts your overall score. If you can eliminate at least one answer, you should guess, but otherwise you should leave the answer blank. The ACT has no guessing penalty.

SAT Vocabulary. The SAT critical reading sections place more emphasis on vocabulary than the ACT English sections. If you have good language skills but a not-so-great vocabulary, the ACT might be the better exam for you.

SAT Prep Questions                        ACT Prep Questions

BPA Competitions

CAREER WEBSITES

Glassdoor  "an inside look at jobs and companies" (salary details, company reviews, and interview questions): www.glassdoor.com

Vault.com  "career intelligence" (provides in-depth intelligence on what it's really like to work in an industry, company, or profession - and how to get the job): www.vault.com

PayScale  "know what you're worth" (information on salaries in different careers): www.payscale.com

Indeed  "one search. all jobs." (search all job postings on the internet in one location): www.indeed.com

Monster.com  "find better" (job search, career advice): www.monster.com

MonsterCollege  "graduate into your career" (resume/interview/cover letter tips, college advice, scholarship search, and more): www.college.monster.com

CareerBuilder.com  "empowering employment" (job search, research, advice): www.careerbuilder.com

InternMatch  "find your focus" (college internship search, interview prep, career research): www.internmatch.com

Careers in Finance  (from Investopedia): www.investopedia.com/tags/finance_careers/

Visiting The Ohio State University

ENTREPRENEURSHIP RESOURCES

STARTING YOUR OWN BUSINESS

VentureBeat: www.venturebeat.com

Fast Company: www.fastcompany.com

Entrepreneur: www.entrepreneur.com

Inc. Magazine: www.inc.com

Young Entrepreneur: www.youngentrepreneur.com

Entrepreneurship.org: www.entrepreneurship.org

Addicted2Success.com: www.addicted2success.com

FUNDING SOURCES

Indiegogo: www.indiegogo.com

Kickstarter: www.kickstarter.com

FundRazr: www.fundrazr.com

Small Business Administration: www.sba.gov

Startups.co: www.startups.co 

COMMUNITY

Retire@21: www.retireat21.com 

Startup Grind: www.startupgrind.com

GeekWire: www.geekwire.com 

LoopNet (Real Estate): www.loopnet.com

Networking

RESUME RESOURCES

Resume

Career Speakers