Academy of International
Business and Finance
Most people are now affected, in some way, by our increasingly global environment. Individuals will need to have knowledge of how international issues affect the economy, purchasing decisions, and ultimately, our overall lifestyle. Successful businesses will need to have international competence – a good understanding of how businesses are affected by the complexity of diverse cultures, laws, languages and political structures of countries outside of the United States.
The Academy of International Business & Finance is designed for students who seek to broaden their knowledge in this growing and vital area.
Students who are members of this unique educational program will be immersed in global issues in a multi-disciplinary setting. In addition to the core high-school academic requirements, Academy members will also take specially designed courses in Business, Social Studies, and Foreign Language, and participate in global-focused programs and research.
The purpose of the Academy is to provide students with the knowledge and skills that will give them an advantage in their future academic and professional careers. Therefore, the program is designed to be rigorous and challenging. Students will participate in:
· Instruction in new courses including International Business, Culture Studies, and Geography & Trade
· International travel to China, Belgium, Spain, Germany, and/or involvement with foreign exchange students
· An internship in an international company or organization
· Advanced research instruction resulting in a capstone senior research project
The Academy of International Business & Finance is affiliated with the National Academy Foundation (NAF), a non-profit organization that assists in the development of Academies throughout the country. NAF provides guidelines, standards, resources, and networking to support school districts and high schools involved in Academy programs.
In addition, members of Niagara University are a part of the Academy Planning Team and Advisory Board, and have been working with Lewiston-Porter High School on developing an Academy program that can provide students with access to University resources as well as college-credit upon graduation.
The Planning Team also includes local business partners, such as HSBC, Raptim USA, and Lackawanna Products, who lend their expertise in international business to the development of the program.
If you or your child are interested in the Academy of International Business & Finance (Academy Application) and would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact: Nicole Alonzo, Academy Director, (716) 286-7263 x. 2102 or firstname.lastname@example.org or the High School Counseling Center at (716) 754-8281 x. 7259.