Business & Information Technology

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

$400 Million Federal Funds Now Available to your Members!

Congress recently approved the QZAB extension for one year for $400 million, funding renovation/rehabilitation, energy projects, technology and STEM education. Every state is allocated a specific amount. School districts with 35% or more students on Free/Reduced Cost lunch are eligible to apply to the state. For additional information, please visit for state allocations and state contacts.

Application & Additional Details Available Online at
Deadline: 3/31/2015

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

BMIT Spring Updates in February 2015

The 2015 Spring Business, Marketing & Information Technology (BM&IT) Updates are events for PK-16 (BM&IT) Educators and those that work with B&IT and Marketing Educators and Programs.  These events are sponsored by the Wisconsin Business Education Association and Wisconsin Marketing Education Association with support from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, the Wisconsin Technical College System, numerous Tech Prep Coordinators, and local Career & Technical Education Coordinators.  More information can be found under Professional Development at  WBEA or WMEA membership is not required for attendance! 

Registration Fee:  $25 per person

See the full calendar and registration links at 

 Wisconsin ACT 63 Local Equivalency Credit Survey Form 

November is National Business Education Month!

Download the flyer as a PDF National Business Education Flyer or as a PNG National Business Education Flyer

 Free Cyber Safety classes for students!

In support of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, CareerSafe and ACTE (Association for Career & Technical Education) are pleased to announce a cyber safety campaign for ACTE members. For a limited time, your students will have access to the CareerSafe Cyber Safety Awareness Training for free. Request your voucher today!  Each active ACTE member is eligible for up to 40 vouchers. The training course will go live on November 17, 2014 and remain open to the students until March 1, 2015. You will be notified prior to the course opening with your account information and how to access the free vouchers.


Check with your CTE leadership to see if they are already a member or visit to learn more about becoming a member of this national association.

The National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women active and interested in computing and encourages them to pursue their passion for technology. NCWIT and its Wisconsin affiliate seek high-school-level young women to apply for the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. More information can be found here.


The competition for the 2014-2015 NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing is open to any U.S. high-school-level female (grades 9-12). Applications will be accepted beginning September 15, 2014, and must be submitted online at no later than 11:59 PM ET on November 2, 2014. National awardees will be announced around December 10, 2014.

  CTE Technical Incentive Grants Information 

  DFI, DPI announce $250,000 program for K-12 financial literacy grants

Proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria:
  • * The nature of the expected outcome from the project and the degree to which they are measurable.
  • * The number of students impacted by the project.
  • * Sustainability and the degree to which the proposal includes parents, volunteers, and other members of the community.
  • * Matching financial support from the school or other partners in the community.
  • * Degree the project is realistic, innovative, experiential, educational and engaging.
  • * Degree it enhances student experiences and curriculum delivery.
  • * Level of innovation and creativity to enrich existing services and programs.
  • * Cost effectiveness.
  • * All proposals must indicate how they support approved academic curriculum and integrate Wisconsin’s Model Academic Standards on  Personal Financial Literacy.

More information here

  Governor Walker proclaims April 5-12, 2014 as Money Smart Week Wisconsin

 Wisconsin Standards for Career & Technical Education Now Available!
Interested to see which schools require Personal Finance curriculum to graduate? Take a look at the Personal Finance Report summarized responses to a recent survey of B&IT List Serv members.
Here is a collection of on-line resources for BIT teachers and students.

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