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What would be some good high school classes to take if you want to go into a business career?

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You can get prepared for college by getting a head start in high school. Some ways to get ahead of the pack if you are interested in going to college to study business or accounting include:

- Look for high school courses that prepare you to take exams through CLEP (College Level Examination Program). Pass the CLEP and you may request to be waived from a comparable course in college. You’ll not only save big on college tuition, you’ll earn three to 12 college credits.

- Consider Advanced Placement (AP) classes. Same principle as CLEP. Pass the AP course final exam and you’re three or four college credits ahead of the game.

- Learn and earn online. Log on to more than Facebook. Earn high school and college credits by enrolling in online classes.

- If your school offers an Academy of Finance (AOF) program, consider signing up. AOF not only prepares you for a job in the banking, finance, financial planning and accounting fields, it can help bankroll your education. A three-year program, AOF offers business courses, a course where you can earn college credits, a paid summer internship and access to national scholarships.

More ways you can get ahead of the pack before heading to college, join organizations like Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and Business Professionals of America (BPA). They’re great resources for leadership training, networking and internship opportunities.

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