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Career Readiness Education Academy (CREA)  

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CREA Brochure: English | español

CREA Referral Form 2017-2018 | español

The Career Readiness Education Academy (CREA) is a career readiness education program for older English Language Learners (ELLs) in MCPS who are unlikely to meet all graduation requirements prior to turning 21.  Many ELLs in CREA are students with limited or interrupted formal education. Students in CREA are provided with opportunities to learn English language skills, basic work skills and to earn industry certifications. Students who are eligible to participate in the GED Ready Pilot Program are also offered an opportunity to prepare for the GED in the CREA program.

CREA is available to students as a full-day program or as an evening program.  Having these two program options provides students who need to work or care for their own children with an opportunity to continue their education in MCPS until they turn 21.  Students who participate in either CREA program are considered full-time MCPS students.

 

Offerings/Program Support  

CREA Full-Day Program  

CREA Evening Program  

GED Ready Pilot Program for students in ESOL levels 3-5 (GED preparation class)

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CREA English class (with social studies embedded)

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CREA Math & Science class

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Bilingual Counseling Provided

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Bilingual Parent Community Coordinator

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Bilingual Classroom support

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Modified Instructional Outcomes

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Designated Bilingual Instructional Specialist for CREA

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Monthly cultural field trips and/or guest speakers (arts integration)

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Monthly group counseling sessions for all students

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Summer Program - extending learning in ESOL, math, science and social studies as well as basic computer literacy and an overnight retreat at the Smith Center focused on social-emotional wellness

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Free of cost to MCPS students enrolled in the CREA program (all student fees for CTE testing and certifications, uniforms, transportation, and meals are provided by MCPS).

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CREA Full-Day Option  

When:  Monday through Friday from 8:05-1:50 p.m

 

Students are picked up from their home school and transported to Thomas Edison High School of Technology where they are scheduled to take their academic classes and their career classes.  Lunch is provided for students at TEHST followed by a wellness session.  Students spend 3 hours in academic classes and 3 in their career classes.  They are then bussed back to their home school to go home.

Students in the full-day program receive instruction in 1 or multiple career pathways:

Students in the CREA program receive instruction in 1 of 4 career pathways: 

CREA Evening Option  

When:  Monday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  

 

Most students in the CREA Evening program work during the day. Students are provided with a small dinner.  Monday and Wednesday nights students participate in academic classes.  Tuesday and Thursday nights students participate in their career classes.  Fridays there are no classes.

Both day and evening CREA programs provide additional support for students and their families by giving them access to clothing resources, local food pantries, as well as by connecting them to resources for housing, health and wellness, and legal services.  CREA community partnerships include Nourish Now, Inc. to help feed some of our neediest students and their families as well as EveryMind, LLC, to provide on-site mental health services including reunification counseling groups led by bilingual, licensed clinicians. 

Students in the evening CREA program receive instruction in 1 or 4 career pathways:

Process for Referring Students to CREA:     

 
  • The CREA full-day program has 3 referral seasons -
    • November/December (only for Foundations of Construction class in the spring)
    • February through May (for the following fall - all career pathways)
    • August (to offer opportunities to newly enrolled/eligible ESOL students for the Fall)
  • The CREA Evening program has open enrollment throughout the school year.
  • The referral form should be completed by a staff member who works with the student being referred and submitted to the CREA instructional specialist. 

Who is eligible to participate in CREA?     

 

Students are eligible if they are:

  • at least 18 years old
  • enrolled in an ESOL program in MCPS (levels 1-5)
  • are unlikely to meet graduate requirements (22 credits, PARCC, etc.)
  • have a desire to study a career pathway, improve their English and math skills

Interested students should see their counselor to discuss referral to this program.  Contacts for this program are listed below:

CREA Instructional Specialist: Gabriela_ayoroa-emamjomeh@mcpsmd.org  
CREA Parent Community Coordinator:  Oliver_R_Fajardo@mcpsmd.org  

      

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