The Business CTE program is designed to prepare students for the competitive business atmosphere that exists in today’s work environment.

All business students are exposed to Microsoft® Office, which enables them to earn a Microsoft® Office Specialist (MOS) certification. This achievement provides future employers and educators with an important indicator of the students’ level of expertise using the Microsoft® Office Suite. Mercy CTE is an official training center for the Microsoft® Office Certification Program.

The Business Education Program is one of the few high school programs in the Philadelphia area that teaches design thinking. Students learn logical and critical thinking, empathy, creative problem solving, strategic planning, and clear communication skills. The program combines traditional academics with service-focused projects, which are designed to positively impact the Mercy CTE community and the City of Philadelphia.


Microsoft® Office Specialist Certification in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

  • 100% of students earned certification in all three applications over the last 5 years
  • OSHA 10


  • Full-time or part-time employment with companies such as Philadelphia Insurance Companies, PTR Baler & Compactor, Phelan Hallinan Diamond & Jones, LLP, and Bayada Home Health Care
  • Four-year colleges such as Cabrini University, Pennsylvania State University, LaSalle University, Temple University, Shippensburg University, and Neumann University to pursue degrees in business. A business major is the most popular degree in college.
  • Two-year colleges such as The Community College of Philadelphia, Montgomery County Community College, and Harcum College.