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The Career Readiness Education Academy (CREA) is an academic and career readiness education program for older ESOL students in MCPS.  Students in CREA are provided with opportunities to prepare for the GED exam, learn valuable work skills, and earn industry certifications.  Students are referred to CREA if they are at least 18 years old and unlikely to meet all graduation requirements prior to turning 21 and/or if they are interested in pursuing an alternative pathway to a high school diploma via GED preparation.  

The CREA program is currently offered at both Seneca Valley High School and Thomas Edison High School of Technology as a full-day or 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 at Thomas Edison HS

  CREA Evening Program at Seneca Valley HS and Thomas Edison HS

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 Program 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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Who is eligible to participate in CREA?

Students are eligible if they:

  • are residents of Montgomery County and enrolled in a MCPS high school
  • are 18 years old or older by the first day of the school year
  • are enrolled in an ESOL program in MCPS
  • are unlikely to meet Maryland state graduation requirements by the end of the academic year in which the student turns 21, based on a completed graduation plan regarding the 4-year or 5-year cohort options
  • are interested in pursuing an alternative pathway to a high school diploma through General Education Diploma (GED) preparation. 

 CREA Full-Day Program 

Where: Seneca Valley High School and Thomas Edison High School of Technology 

When:  regular school hours, Monday through Friday

Students are picked up from their home school and transported to either Seneca Valley High School or 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 transported back to their home school to go home.

Students in the full-day program receive instruction in one of multiple career pathways:

CREA Evening Program

 Where: Seneca Valley High School and Thomas Edison High School of Technology

 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 light dinner.  Students take their academic classes on Monday and Wednesday evenings.  Students take their career classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.  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 Identity, Inc. to provide comprehensive case management for all students. 

Students in the evening CREA program receive instruction in one of three career pathways:

Referral Process

Both the CREA full-day and evening programs are now accepting referrals throughout the year for ongoing enrollment.  The CREA referral form (MCPS Form 280-82) should be completed by a staff member who works with the student being referred to the program.  Once the referral form is complete, attach supporting materials and submit all documents to the CREA program specialist.  CREA staff will schedule an intake meeting with the referred students and their parents/guardians.  After the intake meeting, CREA staff will communicate enrollment decisions to home school staff.

Documents

CREA Edison Day Brochure 2019-2020: English
CREA Edison Evening Brochure 2019-20 English   
CREA Seneca Valley Evening Brochure 2019-2020: English

Contact Us

CREA Program Specialist, Dr. Lindsay Walberg, Lindsay_Walberg@mcpsmd.org