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Career and Technology Education

Career and Technology Education (CTE) in Calvert County Public Schools (CCPS) is designed to prepare students for post-secondary education, gainful employment, or both. These courses are offered at the senior high schools and the Career and Technology Academy (CTA). High school guidance counselors work with students to ensure that they enroll in the proper sequence of courses to be program completers. Students who enroll in courses that are offered at the CTA are bussed there; generally students spend a two-period block of their school day (roughly 90 minutes) at the CTA. With the exception of the CTE pathways Child Development, Criminal Justice, and those associated with Business Education and FACS, students who wish to meet graduation requirements through CTE Program Clusters must attend the CTA at some point in their high school career. As a result, a strong working relationship between the ‘home’ high schools and the CTA is essential to the success of these shared students.

In order to appropriately place students into programs where they will be successful, guidance counselors in the home high schools have a full understanding of the rigor and requirements of the CTE programs as well as an understanding of the student’s interest and abilities.

Because travel time to the CTA reduces the number of classroom periods available to a student, the Division of Instruction works to ensure that students maximize the number of credits they receive toward graduation requirements for work done at the CTA. Guidance counselors also work closely with students to ensure that all program requirements are accommodated in the students’ schedules.

Several unique opportunities are offered to the students who have chosen a CTE pathway. These value-added pieces include articulated credits, internships, and certification opportunities. These options along with a challenging course curriculum prepare graduating seniors within a chosen pathway for one of the following post-high school options: a four-year college or university; a two-year college; technical training; or employment.

Five study clusters offer students the opportunity to earn articulated credit with the College of Southern Maryland, Johnson and Wales University, or one of three technical institutes. Upon successful completion of the high school course, and upon successful completion of a subsequent course at the institute of higher learning, the student receives articulated college credit for the course completed in high school. This allows students to accelerate their post-secondary learning experience by earning college credit in high school, effectively linking high school programming with post-secondary education.

One study cluster places students in paid internships in their area of study in the summer before their senior year. Students in the Academy of Finance who complete the internship may become National Academy of Finance completers. These internships:

• Enable students to obtain work experience;
• Give practical meaning to academic learning;
• Are motivating;
• Help students refine areas of interest; and
• Sometimes lead to jobs after graduation.

Students in the Automotive Service Technician program are placed in paid summer internships. At the successful competition of the internship, students keep the tools used and the box they are stored in (a $2,000 value).

One final value-added opportunity for students is the ability to gain certification or licensing in their field of study. Certification and licensing provide validation from industry-related professional organizations that students have the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in their field. Six clusters offer licensing or certification opportunities for students. Teachers actively work with students preparing for exams.

The following list shows the value-added opportunities in each cluster area:

• Cluster 1: Arts, Media, and Communications

    • CCPS is in process of obtaining Print Ed. Certification opportunities     for students.
    • Articulated credits with the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) are available.

• Cluster 2: Business Management and Finance

• Annually, over 35 students are placed in paid summer internships.
Articulated credits with the CSM are available.

• Cluster 3: Consumer Services, Hospitality, and Tourism

• Articulated credits with Johnson and Wales University are available

• Cluster 4: Construction and Development

• 27% of program completers received certification through the American Welding Society D1.5 Bridge Certification.
• CCPS is in the process of obtaining NCCER Certification
• options in the areas of Plumbing and HVAC.
• OSHA certification is available.
• Apprentice testing is available.

• Cluster 6: Health and Biosciences

• Academy of Medicine
• 45% of students passed the Certified Nursing Assistant exam in 2008
• 100% of students received certification in CPR and First Aide/Safety in 2008
• Articulated credits with CSM are available.

• Cluster 7: Human Services

• Child Care

o CPR and First Aide/Safety Certification are available.
o Articulated credits with CSM are available.

• Cosmetology

• 96% of the students who took the state licensing exam passed both the theory and the practical state licensure exam.

• Fire and Rescue

• Certification is offered in 10 areas; 5 students passed all 10 areas; 4 passed 8 or 9 areas; 7 passed 5, 6, or 7 areas; no one passed less than 3 areas

• Cluster 8: Information Technology

• Oracle Academy Certification is available.

• Cluster 9: Manufacturing, Engineering, and Technology

• Cluster 10: Transportation Technology

• 100% of students received SP2 Certification in safety.
• AYES Certification is offered: 2 students passed all 4 areas; 3 passed 3 areas; 6 passed 2 areas; 12 passed only one area; and 23 out of the 47 students (49%) passed some portion of the certification exam.
• Articulated credits with Ohio Technical Institute, Universal Technical Institute, and/or Advanced Technical Institute are available.

Additional information on Career and Technology Education is available in the following documents:

o Maryland Leading the Way in Career and Technology Education
o Top 10 Things Parents Should Know about Career and Technology Education
o Frequently Asked Questions and Career and Technology Education