Business Technologies

Business is a competency-based Career and Technical Education program offered at Milford High School & Applied Technology Center. Students who take Business I are considered CTE Participants by the NH Department of Education. Those who go on to Business II are considered Concentrators. Students are eligible to earn Credentials and Industry-Validated Certificates by passing the Third-Party examination.

As well as the three CTE Business pathway courses, the department offers additional electives for Milford students.
Instructor, Cheryl Owens:
Portrait of Mrs. Owens
Ms. Owens has been with MHS for five years, and previously taught at Wilton-Lyndeborough and ConVal High Schools. She holds a Business Education degree from Notre Dame College. Her passion is being a co-advisor to the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) club, and watching students use their classroom knowledge to work together as a team developing leadership and real-world work skills at various functions and competitive events.
  • Business I: In this course, students create a real business within the classroom. They will learn first-hand the operations, marketing sales, finance, and management of a business. They will apply decision-making skills and work collaboratively within an business environment. Students will learn how to make informed decisions as both consumers and producers and develop a stronger understanding of the role of commerce in our economy. This is the first course of the Business pathway.
  • Business II: Students in this class will explore the various forms of business ownership and study the roles and responsibilities of a business manager along with principles and techniques used in carrying out the planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and controlling functions. Students will study the role of entrepreneurship in our economy and develop a business plan for retail or service business. Students will take part in an entrepreneurial trade show as a culminating experience in this class.
    Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of Business I with a grade of C or better.
    Successful completion of the two course sequence (Business II & III) results in college credit at SNHU (credits may only be used at SNHU.)
  • Business III: Become more marketable to employers by mastering the skills that will give you the professional edge. Students will develop skills using the various Microsoft products; Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to prepare for the exams to earn the globally recognized industry-endorsed Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification. MOS certification is evidence of skill mastery. Students will also collaboratively design a business plan for a small retail store within the high school and apply their business and management skills to successfully operate the school store. Students will also have opportunities to job shadow at local businesses and learn more about career opportunities. This is the capstone course in the in Business pathway.
    Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of Business II with a grade of C or better
  • Business Software Applications: Microsoft Office skills are critical for college, day to day work operations in the business world, and personal use. This course develops the knowledge & skills required to complete a broad range of business and personal documents. Through a variety of critical thinking, decision making, communication and problem solving activities and projects, students will learn basic to intermediate applications of end-user productivity software. This includes word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and relational database software. The current version of Microsoft Office will be used. Digital citizenship will be discussed with the emphasis of being a respectful and safe internet user.
  • Personal Finance: Looking to buy a car? Wondering how you will be able to pay back student loans or maybe how to plan for that well-deserved vacation? Personal finance will help you learn how to improve your money habits so that you can live now and plan for tomorrow. Learning how to develop money-management strategies in the area of income and taxes, budgeting, savings, credit and debt, insurance, investing, consumer protection, and overall how being a smart consumer will take you far in life. Join now. This is one course you can't afford to miss out on.
    Available to grades 10-12
What students are saying...
"In Business this year we learned how to run a business in the classroom. We created a business called Sparty Stickers, a non profit organization that sold stickers promoting school spirit. Students were separated into departments as a real company would. It taught us how to work with other people and develop business skills while completing meeting goals and objectives."
~Colby Clark, Class of 2020
"I walked into Business Principles with little to no background knowledge. Now, I can differentiate between types of businesses, evaluate product pitches, and use the accounting equation to track my own finances. I’ve learned a lot of skills in this class that will help me as a business major in college."
~Robyn Krafft, Class of 2020
"The business courses offered at Milford High School taught me how to be a leader. Even though I want to major in advanced practice nursing, the courses gave me real life and hands on experiences that will be very useful in the long run. I used these skills and now I am Vice President of Future Business Leaders of America, and have placed first at last year's state leadership conference for an accounting test. I plan on continuing to take business courses throughout the rest of high school to learn more life skills that will also benefit me in the medical field."
~ Jordynne Walker, ‘21
"The business courses at Milford High School provided me with information that has been helpful to understand my college courses. The business courses did not only give me background information, they taught me things I am currently studying in my college classes now. I have been successful in my coursework because of this and I have helped peers understand certain topics because of my extensive prior knowledge."
~Eric Mrozek, '19