Business & Risk Management

Are you looking for a career with excellent job outlook as well as great pay? If so, there are numerous careers in the Insurance field that offer both and the Business &  Risk Management program may be just for you!

Did you know that over 40% of our local insurance workforce is within 10 years of retiring? Those retirements are going to leave a huge gap in local companies who are going to need trained professionals to step in and fill these jobs. Some high demand areas include; Actuaries, Information Security Analysts, Marketing Specialists and Management Analysts just to name a few. Salary ranges in careers such as these can range from $48,000-$94,000 per year.

Insurance companies are not only looking for agents and claim adjusters, they need IT and marketing professionals, HR personnel and  fraud investigators. Business and insurance careers offer great earning potential, stability in a growing industry as well as a challenging and rewarding career path. This program will allow you to explore the insurance industry through a partnership with nationally recognized AF Group.  

As part of this program, you will have the option to earn three industry certifications in the areas of Property and Liability, Personal Insurance and Commercial Insurance and take pre-licensing exams. In addition, upon successful completion of this program, you can earn direct college credit with Northwood University, Olivet College or Ferris State University.

View the Articulated Credit Sheet for Business & Risk Management.

Ferris State University

Course Credits
RMIN 200 (Foundations of Risk Mgmt. & Ins.) 3
RMIN 253 (Personal Insurance) 3
RMIN 252 (Commercial Insurance) 3
RMIN 305 (P/C Licensing 3

Davenport University

Course Credits
BUSN 120 (Introduction to Business) 3
BUSN 210 (Professional Ethics) 3
BUSN 265 (Entrepreneurship) 3
FINC 223 (Entrepreneurial Finance) 3
FINC 230 (Financial Planning & Insurance) 3
HRMG 213 (Human Resource Management) 3
MGMT 211 (Management Foundations) 3
RMGI 221 (Principles of Risk Mgmt & Insurance) 3
RMGI 322 (Personal Insurance) 3

Northwood University

Course Credits
RMIN 200 (Foundations) 3
RMIN 252 (Commercial) 3
RMIN 252 (Personal) 3
RMIN 305 (Licensing) 3

The number of credits a student receives will depend on area of study, additional course requirements and meeting the minimum competency requirements at 80%. Credits earned at Ferris State University can also be used at Olivet College.

Credits are subject to change

Our mission is to provide students with the essential knowledge, skills, and work habits to excel in their careers and future learning.


Business and Risk Management (one year program with a second year option)

National Career Cluster


Michigan Career Pathway

Finance:  Insurance Pathway Standards


Monique Colizzi
Classroom: 517.244.1332
Cell: 517.202.3969

Masters in Educational Technology – Western MI University
Bachelor of Business Administration – General Business – Davenport University
Teaching Certificate – Business Administration and Speech 6-12 – Olivet College
Occupational Certificate - Business Administration Management Operations
Eleven years of teaching risk management and insurance at the secondary level

Types of Credit

One full fourth year math credit
One full third year science credit
Michigan Merit Curriculum:  Visual Performing and Applied Arts (VPAA), one full credit
World Language credit

Articulation Agreements

Ferris State University
Davenport University
Northwood University
Olivet College


None. Ability to read and write at a college level highly recommended.

Course Information - Year 1

Fall Semester

  • RMIN 200-Foundations of Risk Management and Insurance 3 cr. (Concurrent Enrollment-Ferris)
  • Knowledge Matters Virtual Business Restaurant Certificate

Spring Semester

  • RMIN 253-Personal Insurance 3 cr. (Concurrent Enrollment-Ferris)
  • RMIN 252 - Commercial Insurance 3cr. (Concurrent Enrollment - Ferris)

RMN 200: This course introduces students to the basic principles and concepts of risk management as it relates to everyday personal and business life. Different forms of risk and risk management are examined. Processes for identifying, assessing, controlling, and financing risk exposures are explored. Insurance, as one of the more common risk financing techniques, is studied including the topics of common insurance policy concepts and insurance policy analysis. This is the introductory course for students wishing to pursue a risk management and insurance education.  

Learning Outcomes

  1. Distinguish classifications of risk, loss exposures, and the fundamental elements of the risk management process.
  2. Differentiate the principles and methods of risk assessment, risk control, and risk financing.
  3. Evaluate the types of risks that are insurable and how insurance serves as a beneficial risk financing technique.
  4. Analyze the characteristics, structure, and interpretation of insurance policies.
  5. Examine common insurance policy concepts.

Virtual Business Restaurant: This course introduces students to all the tough business decisions involved in running a successful restaurant. In the real world, restaurants are the most common new business started each year, but restaurants also fail at a higher rate than other businesses. with Virtual Business - Restaurant, students make a number of decisions large and small, picking menu items, laying out the restaurants floor plan, etc. Students learn what makes a restaurant succeed, and what business decisions will lead to a restaurant closing down.

Learning Outcomes: 

Social media advertising; Market Research, Location selection, Financial Statements, Menu Design, Pricing, Purchasing, Layout, Staffing, Marketing, Turnaround and Restaurant Mogul.

RMIN 253:  This course explores aspects of personal risk management, and the common personal lines insurance products used to address such risks.  Personal automobile, homeowners, and other residential insurance products are covered.  Also addressed in this course are personal liability, life and health insurance products, disability, and retirement planning. 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Examine property and liability loss exposures faced by individuals and families.
  2. Given a case, determine coverage afforded by the Personal Auto Policy.
  3. Given a scenario, determine coverage under the Homeowners property and liability coverage sections.
  4. Given a family scenario, recommend an appropriate life insurance product and method for determining the amount of life insurance needed.
  5. Compare the plans and products that can be used to address the disability, health, and retirement loss exposures.

RMIN 252:  This course provides students an overview of commercial insurance, premium determination, and legal liability. Insurance coverages studied include commercial general liability, business auto, garage and motor carrier, commercial property, business income, workers' compensation, excess liability, professional liability, cyber risk, terrorism, inland marine, crime and security bonds.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Differentiate the purpose of and exposures addressed by each of the various lines of commercial insurance.
  2. Given a case, calculate the extent of coverage afforded by the Commercial General Liability Form
  3. Examine causes of loss, conditions, limits of insurance, and categories of property covered under the Commercial Property Coverage Form.
  4. Distinguish the coverage provided by Workers Compensation and Employers Liability insurance and relate it to employer fulfillment of statutory obligations.
  5. Illustrate how excess and umbrella insurance can be used in a layered liability insurance program, and describe the problems that may occur.

Course Information - Year 2

  • National Alliance Certified Insurance Services Representative Certification (CISR)
  • ISYS 105 - Into to Microsystems Software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint Certifications, 3 cr. (Concurrent Enrollment - Ferris)
  • RMIN 305 - Property & Casualty Insurance Licensing 3 cr. (Concurrent Enrollment - Ferris)
  • ENG 150 - English I, 3 cr. (Concurrent Enrollment - Ferris)

CISR Certification - Insuring Personal Auto Exposures, Insuring Personal Residential, Commercial Casualty I, Life & Health Essentials, Elements of Risk Management.

Learning Outcomes:

Students will have the opportunity to earn the CISR student certification, a high demand and high wage nationally recognized designation for front-line professionals. The CISR for High School program equips students with industry training so they can analyze insurance risks, policies, forms and claims data, giving them a significant advantage before entering the workforce.

ISYS 105: This course provides Microsoft Office Certification Specialist in Word,  Excel and PowerPoint

Learning Outcomes: 

CO1. Learners will demonstrate the ability to use Microsoft Office to present information appropriate for the intended office.

CO2. Learners will demonstrate the ability to use Microsoft Office to interpret and express mathematical information.

CO3. Learners will demonstrate the ability to use Microsoft Office to record, present, and interpret business information.

RMIN 305: This course prepares students to take the state exam for P/C Producer/Solicitor’s license.  Upon successful completion of this course and passing a final exam with 90% and Sir Mix A Lot Sir Mix A Lot test with a 73%, students who are 18 years of age will be eligible to take the P/C Producer/Solicitor State Exam through PSI Testing Center in Holt, MI.  Students will use materials from Uncle Bill’s P/C curriculum to study from and prepare for the state exam.

Learning Outcomes:

Students will understand and answer with proficiency, General Insurance, Homeowners and Dwelling, Personal Auto, No-fault Auto, State Law for P&C specific, General State Law, Commercial Package Policy, Commercial Auto, Worker’s Comp, BOP and Miscellaneous. 

English 150 - English I

Learning Outcomes:

Organize and develop papers fro diverse audiences and purposes; including how to discover and focus on a topic, develop ideas, gather support, and draft and revise papers effectively. Fundamental language skills and introduction to library research and argument.

Meeting Days / Times

Monday – Friday  

  • AM Session – 8:00am – 10:40am
  • PM session - 11:35am – 2:15pm

Required Text and Materials

  • National Alliance for Insurance Education Research (online learning platform), Certified Insurance Services Representative certification (high school program)
  • the Institutes - AIMS; Property and Liability Insurance Principles, Personal Insurance, Commercial Insurance
  • InVEST online curriculum
  • Uncle Bill’s Guide to Property/Casualty, 2010 UB Van Door, Inc. 
  • GMetrix Online Learning Platform; Testing and Training for Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Certiport Certification exam delivery for Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • English 150 curriculum will be delivered through Mr. Rick Cook on campus at WTC
  • A basic hand calculator is often needed during class for assignments.
  • For study purposes, tools for note-taking, including a notebook and index cards are recommended.

 Dress Code

Students will be expected to dress business casual during the week. Instructor will provide parameters as to the required days, resources for clothing, and opportunities where business professional dress is required. Students are not to change into the appropriate program attire at Wilson Talent Center; they must arrive on campus dressed appropriately for class.

Attendance and Participation

Good attendance is required and the Wilson Talent Center’s attendance policy will be enforced. The majority of class time will be spent reading and discussing the textbook as a large group or in smaller teams, building employability skills, professional development and projects.  An excused absence is one that can’t be helped.  For example, you are very sick or you are involved in another academic activity at your home school that day.  If you know you will be absent ahead of time, please see me in advance to make homework arrangements. It is your responsibility to find out what you missed.  This should take place before the next class. You are still responsible for submitting any work that is due.

Course Expectations

Portfolios: Each of you will have a professional portfolio kept in the classroom. Examples of items that will be kept in your portfolio are:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • College and Job Applications
  • Any awards, certificates and/or letters of recommendation you may receive throughout the course of the year.

Submitting Work: All assignments and class announcements are housed in PowerSchool Learning. Students are expected to submit work electronically on PowerSchool Learning by the date and time noted on the assignment.

Late Assignments: Late work will be marked down 25% for each day that it is late.  It’s important to hand in assignments on time. Computer problems are not excuses for late work.  Find a solution to your technology problem: use a friend’s computer, use the school’s facilities, and plan ahead. It is in your best interest to save an electronic copy of your work in multiple locations.


Grades are based on Skill/Knowledge Attainment (for 65% of the final grade) and Work Habits (for 35% of the final grade). Skill/Knowledge Attainment consists of the following:

  • Tests and Quizzes: 20%
  • Activities/Assignments: 15%
  • Projects: 30%
  • Work Habits: 35%

Work Habits are the ways in which a worker goes about doing a job. Developing excellent Work Habits is as important as developing excellent knowledge and job skills, thus these are included as part of each student’s class grade. The ten (10) Work Habits evaluated are listed as follows:

Grading Scale

Rating Grade Attendance/ Participation for Excused Absences Description
5 - Exceptional 100% A 0 - 2 Student always satisfies work habit indicators. student exceeds work habits standards when possible.
4 - Acceptable for Employment 87% B+ 3 Student satisfies work habit indicators a large majority of the time. student is ready for job placement.
3 - Acceptable for Classroom 75% C 4 Student usually satisfies work habit indicators. Student is not ready for job placement.
2 - Not Acceptable for Classroom  55% E 5 Student satisfies the work habit indicators less than half of the time. Student's work habits need great improvement in order to continue at the Talent Center.
1 - Not Acceptable fro WTC 0% E 6+ Student rarely satisfies the work habit indicators. Student's work habits need great improvement in order to continue at the Talent Center.

Attendance work habit: Students may have up to two excused absences each six-week marking period without it affecting their work habits grade.

All written work and participation receives point scores, and your percentage of total points determines your course grade. There is no extra-credit or make-up work, so put full effort into the regular assignments.

93-100% = A
90-92% = A-
87-89% = B+
83-86% = B
80-82% = B-
77-79% = C+
73-76% = C
70-72% = C- 
67-69% = D+
63-66% = D
60-62% = D-
0-59% = E

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