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Assabet Valley

Regional Technical/Vocational School District
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Business & Consumer Services Cluster

BUsiness technologies

BUsiness technologies

Meet the Instructors

Catherine Shanahan, LT
Sharon Bogere

Program & Course Information

BT students earn certifications in Microsoft Office: Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access, as well as the OSHA 10-hour Safety Certification.  Additional certification is available for Google Data Analytics. 

Core Topics:

  • Accounting (with an articulation agreement with Nichols College)
  • Computerized Accounting (QuickBooks)
  • Web Page Development (HTML)
  • Business Communications
  • Business Management & Operations
  • Finance & Investing
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing & Social Media Marketing
  • Data Analytics (Google Certificate available)
  • Project & Event Management
  • Financial Literacy
  • Office Procedures

In addition to:

  • Each student workstation in the back lab is outfitted with dual monitors, glass privacy panels and an individual file cabinet.
  • Microsoft Certifications are offered in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook
  • The business students manage Aztec Wishes, a holiday community service project, for needy children in Marlborough and Hudson.
  • TD Bank WOW! Zone is a financial literacy program taught by banking professionals.

Technical & Professional Career Opportunities

    • Receptionist
    • Bookkeeper
    • Bank teller
    • Social media strategist
    • Entrepreneur
Starting Salary: $35,000
    • Accountant
    • Data analyst
    • Financial analyst
    • Personal financial advisor
    • Marketing manager
    • Social media manager
    • Entrepreneur
    • Medical services manager
Starting Salary: $75,000
    • Administrative assistant
    • Legal secretary
    • Payroll supervisor
    • Office manager
    • Sales representative
    • Executive assistant
Starting Salary: $45,000
    • Certified public accountant
    • Lawyer
    • Chief executive officer
    • Business analyst
    • Investment portfolio manager
    • Actuary
Starting Salary: $100,000


Employment in the business industry is projected to grow 10% from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.

Resources, Files & Links for Students



Meet the Instructors

Crystal Blake, LT
Judy Izbicki

Program & Course Information

Course Philosophy:

Students will receive instructions, demonstration, and clinical opportunities necessary in preparation for the Massachusetts State Board of Cosmetology Exam.
Students will acquire the necessary knowledge and skills that would enable them to pursue a separate manicuring or esthetics license.
Students will become responsible, professional cosmetologists and educated, creative role models in their trade area.


Cosmetology – Exploratory
This one week course provides students with an overview of the Cosmetology program. Students are introduced to safety, cosmetology skills and equipment, and different types of careers available to Cosmetology students. The skills discussed and equipment used involves manicures, roller placement, facials, and blow drying with an emphasis on client safety. A written test and composition on their experience determine students’ potential success in the Cosmetology profession.
Cosmetology - Grade 9
Students entering the 9th grade shop are provided with the basic knowledge and skills necessary for success in the cosmetology industry. Students receive practical instruction on safety and how to maintain a sanitized, well organized, professional clinic. Practical work includes the use of Blow dryers, rollers, curling irons, make-up, and facial cosmetics. Tasks will enable students to practice hand and eye co-ordination and dexterity. Related theory instruction is an inclusive component of the shop. Grade 9 theory includes Career opportunities, life skills, professional image, communicating for success, and infection control: principle and practices. Students also maintain a notebook. They are required to keep before and after pictures of hairstyles they have created to show the progression of their work through senior year.
Instruction includes demonstrations, hands on practice, writing and reading assignments, reports, quizzes and tests to determine competency levels.
Cosmetology - Grade 10
This course is designed to further develop the basic skills and knowledge needed for success in the Cosmetology field. The students will work on the fundamentals of Hair design. These tasks include wet hairstyling, shampooing, rinsing and conditioning, haircutting thermal styling, thermal hair straightening and the art of finger waving. Salon ecology which is also offered during the sophomore year covers valuable information with regards to effective sanitation and hygiene practice. The student is made aware of the diagnosis of minor scalp conditions which may occur while in the salon setting (i.e. pediculosis, head lice, psoriasis) Also included in this course are nail disorders and diseases and the functions of the skin. The related theory component during the sophomore year also includes bacteriology, decontamination, properties of the scalp, the skin and its diseases and disorders. The students refer to their textbook Milady standard as a reference tool. Instruction includes demonstrations, hands on practice, writing and reading assignments, reports, quizzes and tests to determine competency levels
Cosmetology - Grade 11
This course is designed to give students the opportunity to advance their knowledge and technical skills in the cosmetology program. The junior year in Cosmetology is designed to give the student a strong foundation in permanent waving, chemical relaxing, basic hair color theory, classification of color, facial waxing, and sculptured nails. This year focuses on hair analysis (i.e. texture, density, elasticity, and porosity). Students will gain knowledge in the fundamentals of proper formulation of temporary, semi-permanent and permanent hair color as well as rod selection and chemical choice for permanent waving. Students will rehearse the client consultation and learn to keep a log of services. The students work on clients from the community in an actual salon setting. In the junior year the students also study anatomy. This course focuses on the systems of the body that effect the cosmetologist role. Even students weak in science find this subject to be very beneficial in relating to the trade. Cells, integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, circulatory, endocrine, excretory, respiratory digestive and reproductive systems are all reflected in the quality of the hair and nails. Instruction includes demonstrations, hands on practice, writing and reading assignments, reports, quizzes and tests to determine competency levels.
Cosmetology - Grade 12
This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to master their technical skills and comprehension level in the Cosmetology program. Students will continue with chemical services. During this time advanced coloring techniques are taught and students practice problem solving techniques with corrective color. Students are also exposed to foiling and highlighting and become proficient working with ethnic hair. Salon marketing is offered also to students pursuing a career in Cosmetology. This course is designed to assist the student in developing an understanding how to build a profitable clientele. Salon displays, client record, business management, and prospecting clients are addressed. Students round out their career with goal setting, resume preparation and advertising. Upon fulfillment of 1000 hours requirement students are eligible for a co-op opportunity and are prepared to take their state board exam.

Program & Career

This Technical Program is certified in the following areas:
  • Cosmetology State Board Licensure – Massachusetts
This Technical Program offers the following certifications for students:
  • Cosmetology State Board Licensure – Massachusetts
  • Hair Max – Universal Salon Software
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10 Hour Certificate\
Career Opportunities upon completion of this Technical Program include but are not limited to:
  • Cosmetologist
  • Salon Owner
  • Make-up Artist
  • Platform Artist
  • National Product Educator
  • Color Technician

Resources, Files, & Links for Students



Gayle Ripley, Vocational Office Administrative Assistant   
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From a Fortune 500 company to an innovative, entrepreneurial start-up, the Business Technology (BT) shop prepares students for a career in the sophisticated, ever-changing world of business.  This program is ideal for a student who aspires to discover and harness their inner talents while becoming a well-rounded young professional leader gaining skills to be self-disciplined, analytical, and creative. 

Students experience the business environment through field trips, guest speakers, live work, junior/senior cooperative opportunities, developing a business plan, and facilitating the annual Aztec Wishes holiday gift drive benefiting more than 75 to 100 local families for 25+ years.      

Cosmetology is a program designed to prepare students for a career in the continually-evolving field of the professional beauty technician. Students are trained in manicuring; the cutting, styling, coloring, and waving of hair; as well as the treatment of skin and scalp. Students are also trained in sanitary procedures relating to all areas of study.

An active, on-site clinic provides students the opportunity to refine their skills in a fully-equipped salon setting with a private esthetics center. Program graduates are prepared for the state examination in Cosmetology.