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.

The Business Program provides students with the ability to apply business theory concepts in a variety of ways. These include IMPACT Philly service leadership projects, the SJU Stock Market Challenge, DECA Competition and operating the Mercy CTE School Store. Mercy CTE is one of the only high schools to teach about the design thinking process in a hands on way. Through project based learning students gain logical and critical thinking, empathy, creative problem solving, strategic planning, and clear communication skills. Students are introduced to accounting and put their skills to use by managing the school store and fundraising events.



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

  • 100% of students earned certification in all three MOS 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, Drexel University, Gwynedd Mercy University, LaSalle University, Neumann University, Pennsylvania State University, Shippensburg 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.

For more information, contact:

Ms. Whitley Kels '10

Business Instructor