Calvert Co. Promotes Career and Technology Education - Southern Maryland Headline News

Calvert Co. Promotes Career and Technology Education

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. (January 30, 2011) — Calvert County Public Schools is partnering with the Calvert Public Library and the Maryland State Department of Education to launch a public awareness campaign on Career and Technology Education (CTE).

CTE programs of study are designed to prepare students for post-secondary education, gainful employment, or both. Classes are offered at the four comprehensive high schools and/or at the Career and Technology Academy. Students enroll in a sequence of courses to become program completers prior to high school graduation. In some programs, students have the opportunity to earn articulated college credits, participate in internships, obtain certification, and/or obtain a license.

Jack Smith, Superintendent, said the rigorous academic programs in CTE are an important option for students as they prepare for the wide array of jobs and careers available after high school.

Nancy Grasmick, State Superintendent of Schools, stressed that CTE programs help students prepare for the 21st century workforce by teaching them how to think critically, integrate and apply knowledge, and work in teams to accomplish a goal.

“In CTE classes, students rarely ask ‘Why do I have to learn this? Or ‘When will we ever use this?’ because they use the knowledge in practical ways every day,” said Mark Wilding, principal of the Career and Technology Academy. “The learning is relevant and authentic,” he continued.

Isaac Weems, a 2010 graduate from the Carpentry program and currently enrolled at the College of Southern Maryland; Allison Myers, a senior in the Academy of Finance; Hanah Izzi, a 2010 graduate from the Cosmetology program and currently enrolled at Towson University; and Christopher Dryhurst, a senior in the Advanced Engineering program, told the audience how CTE helped them learn leadership skills, gave them practical experience, and taught them how to set and work toward personal and team goals.

The school system is conducting informational meetings for students and parents on February 3, and March 15 at 7:00 p.m. at the Prince Frederick Library.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the Calvert Library to highlight the importance of Career and Technology Education and to share with the community the wonderful opportunities these programs offer students,” said Dr. Smith.

Informational posters which were designed and produced by students in the Graphics Design program will be on display at the Maryland State Department of Education in Baltimore.

Source: Calvert County Public Schools

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