Career and Technical Education
Career and Technical Education (CTE) offers courses to students in both middle and high school and provides students with the academic and technical skills as well as knowledge and training that is necessary to succeed in future careers and become lifelong learners.
CTE in Blueprint
Maryland’s Blueprint for the Future sets a goal for 45% of high school graduates completing an apprenticeship or an industry-recognized occupational credential by the 2030-2031 school year. HCPSS is at 18% as of the 2022-2023 school year.
To graduate high school, all students must satisfy these two academic requirements:
- One Computer Science, Engineering & Technology Education (CSET) credit
- Foundations of Technology (FoT)
- Exploring Computer Science (ECS – Honors)
- Introduction to Engineering Design (IED – GT)
- Computer Science Principles (CSP – AP)
- A Completer Pathway
- Completing a career academy pathway, which may require the completion of 3-5 courses. Note: CTE completer pathways are only available in high school, or
- Taking two World Language (WL) classes (levels 1 & 2) in either middle and/or high school. Note: Many colleges require 2-3 years of a WL in high school so students who complete both levels in middle school should be prepared to take two more WL classes in high school depending on their college or university of interest.
Earning the CSET graduation requirement can be done by taking any of these courses:
Earning a completer pathway graduation requirement can be done by:
Middle School Experience
In middle school, students will take one quarter of a CTE course with the option of building in additional electives:
- 6th grade: All students take 1 quarter of Technology Education
- 7th grade: All students take 1 quarter of Financial Literacy
- 8th grade: All students take 1 quarter of a Careers Course
- Electives for 7th and 8th grade students only: Students have the option to take Foundations of Technology (FoT) or Exploring Computer Science (ECS) in addition to either Financial Literacy or Careers courses. Students who take either of these courses in middle school will meet the CSET requirement for graduation and the course credit will be added to a student’s high school transcript upon completion.
Note: Students who take both FoT and ECS during the 7th and 8th grade will earn their CSET credit for graduation as well as a high school elective credit which qualifies as one of the required elective credits needed for graduation. Taking one or both of these courses in middle school will open additional spaces within a student’s high school schedule for further exploration.
High School Experience
High school CTE courses are a full-year commitment and can be part of a career academy pathway when students opt to complete a full course sequence within any academy. Students taking multiple CTE courses in high school are more likely to:
- Identify possible career interests and pathways
- Earn industry credentials
- Move on to post-secondary educational opportunities (e.g., college/university, technical school, or trade area)
- Improve likelihood of securing a job (if they do not pursue college immediately following graduation)
- Maximize on course experiences available in high school
Students can earn an industry credential or certification by passing an assessment or examination upon completion of many different CTE courses. In all of the career academy pathways, students who opt to complete the career academy pathway will meet the completer requirement that is required for graduation by the Maryland State Department of Education. For all of these pathways, students do not have to take courses in sequential order with the exception of all capstone courses within an academy pathway.
Benefits of Earning Industry Credential/Certification:
- Can be added to your resume when applying for a job
- May include licensure in a specified area
- Can increase wages/earnings at entry level
- Provides a steppingstone to make more money in a specified career pathway
A Career Academy offers high school students with similar interests a unique opportunity to prepare for college and entry-level employment in specific career areas. Each Career Academy offers a recommended sequence of courses, internships, capstone project, or research project related to students’ career goals, and the opportunity to earn college credit and/or industry certification while in high school. View all career academy options.
High School Career Academies
Each high school (excluding Guilford Park High School) offers up to 11 different career academy options directly within the school, which provide students with an opportunity to explore, connect and discover interests. Each career academy consists of a series of courses that gradually expose students to a specified content and career path. Students do not have to take classes in a specific order for most academies.
(offered at all HCPSS high schools)
|Accounting, Business Management, Marketing
|A*S*K* Fundamentals of Business Concepts
|Certification varies by industry employment
|Career Research and Development
|IT Specialist: Python
|ServSafe Food Manager and Prostart COA
|Engineering: Project Lead the Way (PLTW)
|Junior Reserve Officers’ Training (JROTC)
|Teacher Academy of Maryland (TAM)
ARL Career Academies
The 13 Career Academies offered at the Applications and Research Laboratory (ARL) require specialized equipment and labs that cannot be duplicated at home schools. Each Career Academy offered at the Applications and Research Laboratory (ARL) is a two-year program available only to students in their junior or senior year during which students work on advanced skills and participate in a worksite experience. Students benefit from learning from their teacher mentors/advisors who have industry knowledge and experience. Juniors attend classes at the ARL in the morning and seniors attend in the afternoon. Daily shuttles transfer students to/from high schools.
(offered at the ARL)
|Aerospace Engineering: Project Lead the Way
|Animation and Interactive Media
|Adobe Premiere Pro or Photoshop
|NATEF ASE Student Certifications
|Civil Engineering: Project Lead the Way
|NCCER Core & Carpentry I
|One of the following: CompTIA IT Fundamentals, CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, CISCO, CCST/CCNA
|Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA)
Physical Rehabilitation Aide
|Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
|NCCER Core & HVAC I
- Daniel Rosewag, Coordinator, Career and Technical Education – 410-313-6797
- Natalie Belcher, Instructional Facilitator, Career Academies and Family and Consumer Science – 410-313-6636
- Tonia Ziegler, Instructional Facilitator, Engineering and Technical Education – 410-313-6777
- Colleen Cotton, Instructional Facilitator, Business and Computer Management Systems, 410-313-8136
- Amanda Malone, Resource Teacher, Work-Based Learning – 410-313-6627
- Stephanie Discepolo, Resource Teacher, Apprenticeship Maryland – 410-313-7493
- Stephanie Bateman, Specialist, Career and Technical Education – 410-313-6629