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Career Readiness for students

The International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP)

Is the IB Career-related Programme Right for You?

  • Are you interested in a career-related field?
  • Are you interested in learning through real-world situations and scenarios?
  • Do you like solving problems?
  • Are you interested exploring international issues?

About the Program

About the Program The IB Career-related Programme (CP) is designed for students interested in pursuing a career-related education in the 11-12th grade. It provides students with an excellent foundation to support their further studies, as well as ensure their preparedness for success in the workforce. The CP framework is composed of IB Academic Courses and three CP Core components: Personal and professional skills; service learing; and the reflective project. The following career pathways are offered in the program: Academy of Finance, Hospitality Management, Academy of Health Professions and Bioscience, Early Child Development, Computer Science/, and Project Lead the Way (PLTW): Advanced Engineering.

Sample Courses

See Program descriptions at Watkins Mill High School:

Certifications, Degrees

IB Career-Related Diploma

How to Apply

Forms and timelines for the new programs will be posted in early January 2018 at Updates and information will be provided on the MCPS Career Readiness website.


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Career Opportunities

  • Academy of Finance: Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Audit Clerk
  • Hospitality Management: First Line Supervisor of Food Preparation and Serving Workers; Food Preparation Worker; Food Service Manager; Meeting, Convention, and Event Planner
  • Academy of Health Professions and Bioscience: Pharmacy Technician Assistant, Pharmacy Aide, Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Early Child Development: (Holder of this certification is eligible to earn senior status pay at age 19, at a child care center in Maryland); Child Care Center Aide, Child Care Center Senior Staff/Teacher; Child Care Center Director; Family Child Care Provider
  • Computer Science/ Computer Programmer, Computer Network Support Specialist, Web Developer, Software Developer
  • Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Advanced Engineering: THE PLTW coursework prepares students for post-secondary level success which may lead to the following careers in engineering: aerospace, Civil, Electrical, Environmental, Industrial, Mechanical, Manufacturing, Nanotechnology

Where this Program is Offered

Watkins Mill High School

MCPS will provide transportation for students who transfer to the school to enroll in this program. In addition to Watkins Mill High School, a limited number of students from the following high school clusters are eligible to apply: Clarksburg, Damascus, Gaithersburg, and Seneca Valley.* MCPS will provide transportation for students who transfer to the school to enroll in this program.

*Additional high school clusters may be available, depending on space and transportation.