Stephen F. Austin High School

Business and Industry

The Business and Industry endorsement is a curriculum path that allows a student to focus deeply on courses directly related to the business field. The Business and Industry Endorsement includes the following pathways at Austin High:

  • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
  • Architecture and Construction
  • Arts, Audio-visual, and Communications
  • Business Management and Administration
  • Finance
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Information Technology
  • Marketing
  • Transportation, Distribution and Logistics
  • Advanced Broadcast Journalism
  • Advanced Journalism: Newspaper
  • Advanced Journalism: Yearbook
  • Public Speaking
  • Debate
  • Technology Applications


Related business careers include: information technology specialist, communications, financial advisor, marketing specialist, architect, construction, and project management. Students interested in pursuing an intentional path in the business world may want to consider the Business and Industry endorsement to guide course selection.


A student may earn a business and industry endorsement by completing the requirements specified in the foundation plan in addition to one of the following:

  • A sequence of courses for four or more credits in career and technical education (CTE) that consist of at least two courses in the same career cluster, including at least one advanced CTE course. The final course in the sequence must be selected from one of the following CTE career clusters:
    • Agriculture, food, and natural resources
    • Architecture and construction
    • Arts, audio/visual technology, and communications
    • Business management and administration
    • Finance
    • Hospitality and tourism
    • Information technology
    • Manufacturing
    • Marketing 
    • Transportation, distribution and logistics.
  • or four English elective courses from one of the following areas:
    • Advanced broadcast journalism
    • Advanced journalism: newspaper
    • Public speaking
    • Debate
    • Advanced journalism: yearbook.
  • or four approved technology application credits

Business and Industry Teachers


Gil Garcia - Media Arts, KAHS News


Aimee Finney - Communications


Esther Joucken - Culinary Program


Woody Robinson - Business


Isabelle Salazar - Newspaper, Yearbook, Journalism, and Photojournalism


Ashley Scherr - Nutrition


Melanie Sherwood - Visual Communications


Kate Skiff - Business