HSLDA Online Academy | Business & Entrepreneurship

Business & Entrepreneurship

Master Teacher:  Rick Stevens

Rick StevensMaster Teacher

Rick Stevens

MA, North Central College
BS, Eastern Illinois University

Rick Stevens earned his bachelor of science in business (business education) from Eastern Illinois University and a master of arts in education (curriculum & instruction) from North Central College. He has twenty years of experience teaching a variety of business and computer science courses in private Christian schools, public schools, and at both the high school and post-secondary levels. As a homeschooling father, Mr. Stevens also understands the unique situations that homeschooling parents face in the choices for their children's educational future.

Rick currently lives with his family in beautiful Colorado Springs, CO, where he and his wife Michelle raise their 6 children in the shadows of Pike's Peak. As a business owner, Rick has a passion for helping students understand that missionaries do not have to be commissioned and travel to third world countries, but that they can be missionaries who have been called to the marketplace.

Rick is the Course Developer and Master Teacher of the Academy’s Business & Entrepreneurship course.

Classroom Teacher:  Sandra Miller

Sandra MillerClassroom Teacher

Sandra Miller

BA, Pepperdine University

Sandra Miller lives on Long Island, New York, with her husband and a group of shamelessly spoiled pets. A graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, Sandra considers education a life-long journey. She has completed professional certificates in marketing, personnel management, quality assurance, European politics, strategic account management, negotiating, and empowerment. She is currently working on completing an MBA.

Sandra’s professional experience includes a career with Xerox Corporation in a variety of marketing and management positions. Extensive business travel while working with Xerox’s largest customers allowed Sandra to visit all 50 states and many countries while gaining a global business perspective. Sandra has earned Xerox’s highest performance recognition as well as multiple National Leadership Through Quality awards.

After 13 years, Sandra left the corporate world to raise her children. She has many years of homeschool experience in addition to tutoring and teaching co-op classes. Her three children are all attending top-tier universities.

Sandra’s roots in Southern California’s beach culture have resulted in a lifetime of volunteer work dedicated to keeping our oceans clean. Her hobbies of hiking, horseback riding, and golf fill her free time. Growing up in four different countries and several states, Sandra developed a love of travel and the outdoors, a passion she shares with her husband and three children. A long bucket list of the most beautiful hiking areas awaits Sandra, her husband Tom, and their spoiled dogs.

Duration: Yearlong course offered in fall/spring (32 weeks).
Suggested High School Credit Value: 1 credit.
Suggested Grade Level: 10th grade level and up.
Tuition: $495 for HSLDA Members/$545 for non-HSLDA Members. 
Save an additional $50 through 6/13 with Early Registration.  

Description: In Business & Entrepreneurship, students will learn workplace skills, businesses operations, and best practices, from the perspective of both employer and employee. Students will also learn how to start and manage their own business.
Watch a short introduction by Course Developer Rick Stevens.

Business & Entrepreneurship  — Live Online Class Session Schedule, 2017–18

Class Section

Weekly Meeting Time

Instructors

Section 1
Mondays, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Mrs. Sandra Miller 
Section 2
Closed – Section is Full
Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Eastern Mr. Rick Stevens 
Additional class times will be added as they become available for registration. If you have questions, please call 540-338-8290 or email academy@hslda.org.

Frequently Asked Questions about
Business & Entrepreneurship

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  • What topics will I learn about in Business & Entrepreneurship?

    Business & Entrepreneurship is a yearlong course that will give students a general understanding of the business world and what it takes to start a business. Throughout the course, students will explore everything from basic economic principles to securing venture capital for launching an IPO and much more. After completing the course, students will have a solid foundation for any future they choose in the business world, whether as an employee or as a business owner.

    The course is broken into sixteen two-week modules. The modules will include basic economics, how to use your gifts & passions in the workplace, marketing, management, the legal environment of business, and finance, among others. Students will be expected to watch online lectures, read relevant articles, participate in live discussions, conduct research, take quizzes and exams, read various business books, watch/listen to podcasts, and complete other real-world activities.

  • Am I ready to take Business & Entrepreneurship?

    Business & Entrepreneurship is designed for the 10th grade and up. Students are expected to be able to read and write at the 10th grade level, but they are not expected to have prior knowledge of how businesses operate.

    This course is designed to be fun and engaging for students who already know about business. However, it's also designed to be a smooth introduction to business for students who 1) may not know anything about business, 2) may not think they like business, or 3) have no idea what they want to do with their lives.

    Our goal is to help your students find their passions and develop the skills they need to accomplish their dreams.

     

  • What if I have a schedule conflict with listed Business & Entrepreneurship class times?

    All live class sessions are recorded for later viewing. While it is recommended that students attend each live class session, students can make arrangements to watch the recordings and receive full participation credit.

    Students should contact their instructor at the start of their course to inform the instructor of any foreseen schedule conflicts. 

  • What is a Live Online Class Session in Business & Entrepreneurship?

    In every HSLDA Academy course, students meet weekly with their instructor and classmates in an online classroom for additional teaching, discussion, Q&A, or group activities. The class sessions are interactive and are conducted using a web meeting software with video, audio, chat, and application sharing capabilities.

    Scheduled, real-time sessions in the online classroom are not the only form of instruction available in a HSLDA Online Academy course, but are offered in addition to lectures or other instructional materials that students are able to access online at their convenience.

    When they register, students will need to select a particular class section and live class meeting time. Additional class sections may be added to the schedule at a later point in the course registration period. Registered students will be notified of any changes to the live session schedule.

  • What is the tuition for Business & Entreprenuership?

    Please visit our tuition and discounts page for a full summary about course costs.

    HSLDA members save $50 on yearlong high school courses!