High School Business Programs


Marquette and Alger County high schools provide a robust selection of business, finance and information technology programs, both at the micro and macro levels of business education. With the programs’ emphasis on both technical and employability skills, students who enroll in these classes will be well prepared for the rigors of similar college programs and careers in business.

Business, finance and information technology programs at Gwinn, INN Community Schools, Ishpeming, Marquette, Munising, Negaunee and Westwood High Schools offer a vast array of courses focused on developing skills in communication, leadership, management, self-awareness and problem solving.

BUSINESS PROGRAMS feature business simulations and real-world applications and cover everything from business basics and being a savvy consumer to the development of actual entrepreneurial business plans.

FINANCE PROGRAMS range from personal finance and money management to corporate accounting with an emphasis on the use of the technology and computerized accounting to analyze financial data.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY courses expose students to everything from basic word processing, Microsoft Of ce applications and Google Apps to advanced web design, interactive graphics and media production.

Business, finance and information technology courses should be part of the curriculum for every high school student, helping young adults manage their own nancial affairs and make intelligent consumer and business-related choices in the global marketplace.

DIGITAL/MULTIMEDIA  These programs are designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed for entry-level positions in multimedia and web publishing.  Multimedia combines computer-based text, graphics, audio, and video within an interactive environment.  The programs are typically available to students in grades 10-12 and are offered at MSHS & WHS.


NHS offers a range of business and IT related courses: business and dynamics, personal finance, business law and three different computer courses. Students also have the opportunity to earn Microsoft Office certification. In accounting ,the focus is on real-world financial management applicable to students and on forming the building blocks of a business in the future. All of the students particpated in an Hour of Code and helped elementary and middle school students learn about coding. 

Alec Prusi

"I worked on making games in Jaca and by the end I had made a clone of Tetris."

Alec Prusi, Tech Trends class

MSHS business management student Students in Marquette Senior High School's business management and accounting class spend a semester working on a business plan for any business they choose. "I tell them to find something they're passionate about and find a way to make money on it," says teacher Danielle Dickson.


Continued growth and success

Westwood High School continues its tradition of success on many fronts, including Business Professionals of America and Microsoft Imagine Academy weaved into rich, in-depth programs in finance, business administration and management operations, digital/multimedia & information resources design and Westwood's new Cybersecurity Initiative. 

One of Westwood's cybersecurity teams recently qualified for the top 10 in the Governor's High School Cyber Challenge held in Detroit. It was a wonderful opportunity for Westwood students to compete on an advanced level and learn more about the world of cybersecurity. 

Westwood High School students with former Governor Snyder


Here is what some of Westwood's current and former students have to say:

Katelyn Anttila

Katelyn Anttila is a junior at Westwood High School who qualified for BPA national competition in Dallas, Texas, last year and hopes to return to the stage again this year in Anaheim, California. “Westwood High School’s business department has given me something to potentially start a great future. Due to my business classes, I now have a solid background in Microsoft Word and have even learned the basics of Microsoft Excel and Access. One of my favorite business-related opportunities that Westwood has to offer is Business Professionals of America. BPA allows for learning about business while I compete in events to possibly earn the privilege of going to a National Conference. No matter what I do in life, the business classes that I have taken at Westwood will proceed to drive my future forward.”

Trent Holmgren

Trent Holmgren is a junior at Westwood High School and is an integral part of our Cybersecurity Initiative and BPA. “The best part of being in the business program is the liberty of choosing what I want to study. While there are guidelines I need to follow, they are very limited, which gives me the opportunity to study anything in business. This has allowed me to experience different computer applications that intrigued me to learn more. The freedom of choosing what I can study helped me to find potential careers I could pursue in the future.”

Lauren Farley

Lauren Farley is a 2017 graduate of WHS and is currently attending Northern Michigan University. “During high school I took many of the business classes offered by Westwood’s Business Program and was also involved in Business Professionals of America. I gained knowledge and skills that I use today in many of my college classes and my job at NMU. My proficiency specifically in Microsoft Word and Excel even helped me land my job. I also gained strong communication skills that I use every day in the classroom and at my job.” 


Brian Sarvello, bsarvello@maresa.org, 226-5135.

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