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Career Readiness Education Academy (CREA)
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. The CREA program is offered in the evening as an alternative to attending a comprehensive high school. Most students in CREA work during the day. This new program allows students to learn English language skills, basic work skills and industry certifications. Students at higher levels of English language proficiency also have the opportunity to take General Education Diploma (GED) preparation classes. CREA offers classes 4 evenings a week, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
The CREA program provides additional support for its students and their families giving them access to clothing resources and a local food pantry. CREA provides weekly resouce groups for students to keep them informed of services available in the community including medical care. The program supports student achievement through collaboration with parents and other organizations in the community.
CREA Instructional Pathway
Students in the CREA program receive instruction in 1 of 4 career pathways:
Career classes are offered 2 nights a week at the Thomas Edison High School of Technology for a total of 6 hours a week.
- ESOL (basic literacy, social studies and science are embedded into the ESOL class) and Math class are offered two nights a week for a total of 6 hours of weekly academic instruction. Instruction is differentiated for ESOL levels 1-5, providing a small number of students with exposure to the GED option).
Process for Referring Students to CREA:
- The CREA program has open enrollment throughout the school year.
When should students be referred to CREA?
If a student is interested, they should see their school counselor, fill out the attached application and make an appointment with the CREA staff at Thomas Edison High School of Technology.
CREA Instructional Specialist: Gabriela_ayoroafirstname.lastname@example.org
CREA Parent Community Coordinator: Oliver_R_Fajardo@mcpsmd.org