Business & Information Technology

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The primary mission of Business & Information Technology is to prepare students for business occupations and to teach students about business. Education about Business & Information Technology focuses on those aspects of business that affect every member of society, whereas preparation for business occupations focuses on the preparation of individuals to own or operate their own business or to work in a variety of business functions.

Within the local school district and community, it is the business educator who must develop and nurture a comprehensive business program. The support base for the program should include former students, business employees/employers, informed educators, parents and all others who recognize that business education can improve the quality of life for the individual and well-being of the community.

The Business & Information Technology consultant and staff at the Department of Public Instruction offer major support to business educators at all levels.


David Thomas
Education Consultant
Phone: 608-266-2348

Maria Ingraham
Office Operations Associate
Phone: 608-267-9259

What's New in Wisconsin Career & Technical Education

Spring Update registration for February 19, 2016 in Rice Lake is now open. More information regarding this workshop will follow soon.
The Microsoft Imagine Academy (formerly IT Academy) Participation Form is currently available online through October 30, 2015 (5 p.m. CST) at Funding is currently available to support high school participation for the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 school years.
Join the new B&IT/FBLA/WEBIT Google+ Community and the WI DPI Personal Financial Literacy Professional Learning Community 
Standards Based Grading Survey
If you are a teacher in a district using (or planning to use) standards based grading, please complete this brief 60 second survey: 
Survey results may be viewed online at
Wisconsin ACT 63 Local Equivalency Credit Survey Form 

This We Believe Statement...

This document is a collaborative reflection of the current priorities in business, marketing and information technology—imperative to education for today’s youth. In Wisconsin, Business and Information Technology and Marketing are two distinct content areas. Therefore, there are two separate sections that address the uniqueness of each content. Finally, the last section showcases the overlap and collaborative aspects of both areas that make them truly interdependent. The intent of this document is for practitioners to evaluate current programs and shape the future of these programs. The document includes the following sections:
  • This We Believe about the Future of Business and Information Technology in Wisconsin
  • This We Believe about the Future of Marketing Education in Wisconsin
  • In Conclusion…This We Believe about the Future of Business, Marketing and Information Technology in Wisconsin
This document and its corresponding dissemination plan are below:
Evaluation of a program provides a basis for identifying strengths and challenges for the program and overall curriculum. Program evaluation is not done for accountability purposes; it is intended as a management and planning tool. Use the Quality Program Standards Self-Evaluation to self-assess your programs strengths and challenges.


Program Information Resources FBLA


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For questions about this information, contact David Thomas (608) 266-2348