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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 30, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta Business Is Part Of Your Life By ADA TUKNEB Kate Andrews High School. What has Business Education to offer the high school student? On leaving school, every man and woman has contact with business. It is a part oj life around you. If your career is that of doctor, lawyer, teacher, nurse or mechanic, you still Deed a knowledge of business procedures. If the student does not plan to go to university, she may take one of the lines of busi- ness during her three years spent in secondary school and she would be job-ready on grad- uation. The white collar -worker Is certainly in demand, and the field is growing. Working conditions are plea s a n t and comfortable; the hours are good. To those who are alert, interested and willing to learn, the opportunities for advance-; ment are there. In 1940, 12 per cent of aH were office workers; in 1965, 20 per cent were white collar workers. The demand is universal, and moving to dif- ferent parts of the country create no problem in ob- taining a position. For the stenographic line, the skills in typing, office practice, business machines and short- hand make an excellent basic background. The foundation in English and spelling must be firm. Speed and accuracy in typing should go hand-in-hand, but the amount of work qualitatively and quantitatively produced de- pends on the knowledge of the typist rather than the fact that Cw typist is a speed whiz. Shorthand calls for a superior student. It is not an easy sub- ject and requires concentrated effort. It is a necessity for the work of many office jobs, and its personal use is invaluable. As well, many prospective em- ployees ask for it when looking for new help, because they know they have tbe young lady with "stick-tc-itiveness." At Kate Andrews High1 School in Coaldale, the equipment for office practice and machines is excellent The students operate 10-key adding machines, listing machines, printing calculators, rotary calculators and key-dri- ven calculators. They use, and become familiar with, key- punch, verifier and sorter. Each student learns to operate steno- cord and teletype. She prepares masters, stencils and nzatts; and runs .the liquid duplicating machine, gestetner and off-set printer. The use of the telephone Is not neglected, and the familiar use of the many systems of fil- ing are studied and practiced. The fields of neatness, health, poise, voice'and speech, cour- tesy, trustworthiness and loyal- ty are considered in aH studies. As you see, the student has much to learn and many oppor- tunities for so doing. Above this, one cannot over emphasize the need for the command of Eng- lish and spelling. Finally, one realizes that the greatest value any employee has to offer is personality. The intrinsic qualities-of interest, in- telligence, and a willingness to coyperalf will be an asset to any company. Wirelets Unit Of Dictation Machine Al" Catholi. Centra Secretarial Decision Wasn't Too Difficult Look To Future In Picking Courses By I.. MURRAY AND J. OLSON 1X3 Students It is not wise to choose your high school courses without footing several years ahead. What are you going to do when you complete Grade 12 university, technical school, nursing, get married, work or don't know? Do you realize that in every case business training can help you? At university and technical school, essays must be typed, and many students ease the financial burden bv taking a part-time job or by- typing essays for those who have not had the foresight to learn to type. In the nursing field, as mone records become necessary, the nurse with busi- ness training has the best choice of positions. Girls who plan to marry and think they won't have to work should look realistically at facts. Not only must the possi- bility of husband unemploy- ment, fllness or doath be con- sidered, but the fact that eco- nomic pressures of "keeping up with the com- bined with boredom brought on by automation, force many young wives out to work. Everyone should be prepared to get a job if the need arises. What jobs can you obtain with a high school education without business training and whet pay can you expect? Housework, car bopping, store clerking, truck driving, manual labor with a pay range of to per month, Does all that money look good to yon? For a beginner yes! But when the rest of your friends are promoted and you are not, wfll it still look good? If you had taken business training in high school, you could work as: office worker, assistant manager, accounting clerk, business or data process-, ing machines operator or pro- grammer with a low starting wage of but with a high ceiling of Now, doesn't that look better? What can you do to prepare yourself to benefit from your high school education? (1) Con- sider your interest and apti- tudes. (2) Choose a goal (don't be too (3) Enroll in the right program. In Grade 10 the student is limited in his course choices, with a possible of only two business subjects. When he reaches Grade 11 he starts to specialize, thus increasing his chances for employment. Grade 12 produces the new worker. The Business Education De- p_artment offers a wide selec- tion of programs. It helps you to obtain "saleable" skills which will enable you to go on to a job, or higher education, or a combination of these We belive you have a good future in business? By JUDY RAPSON VVCHS Student My decision to take secre- tarial training in high school wasn't as hard to make as some of my fel- 1 o w student's. I'm glad we did have a choice, because I can't see any advan- tage in taking subjects that I would have no further use for after leaving school. Our school is very wen equipped to allow the student? to learn almost any business career they choose. In the busi- ness department alone, there are not only manual and elec- tric typewriters, but also add- ing machines, dictap hones, cash registers, different filing systems, duplicating machines and data processing equip- ment. In our shorthand classroom, the dictation is taken through a console that transmits taped letters through four channels to 32 listening stations. The speed at which the student is taking dictation will determine which channel she wfll listen to. Indi- vidual earphones make sure that the shtdcnt will only hear her dictation and no one else's. My whole course has been very interesting, not only be- cause of the facilities avail- able, but also because-of the new ideas of the teaching staff and the many different sub- jects made available to them for each student to take. I think the best program that the business education staff has set up is the Office Orien- tation Program. The senior secretarial students are sent out to different offices for one week each semester, on a "no pay, no expectation" basis, (that is, tile students expect no pay and the employers do not expect perfection immedi- ately) and in this way are given the actual experience of working in an office. Most em- ployers are leery of giving stu- oents their first job, because of lack of experience, and this program, in some cases, elim- inates this problem. Office Practice was one of the most helpful subjects that I have taken. In it I have ob- tained a general knowledge of duplicating, receptionist duties office procedures, filing, and filling out business forms and records. I only wish that the school bad some placement program for senior- students when they finish high school and are look- ing for a job. Now that I am applying for different positions. it worries me to think I may not get a job in the field I am trained for. I know that 1 wouM like an office job If I had one, because I like the work, and I only hope that I'm not forced to take on in a store or restaurant because of Jack of business positions. Duplicating Machine Al Catholic Central ;