Foundations → 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. 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. The CREA program is currently offered at Thomas Edison High School of Technology as a full-day or evening program. Additionally, during the 2019-2020 school year, CREA will begin an evening program at Seneca Valley High School, which will be expanded to a full program in 2020-2021. Students who participate in either CREA program are considered full-time MCPS students.
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)
CREA English class (with social studies embedded)
CREA Math & Science class
Bilingual Counseling Provided
Bilingual Parent Community Coordinator
Bilingual Classroom support
Modified Instructional Outcomes
Designated Bilingual Program Specialist for CREA
Monthly cultural field trips and/or guest speakers (arts integration)
Monthly group counseling sessions for all students
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
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).
Who is eligible to participate in CREA?
Students are eligible if they:
CREA Full-Day Option
Where: Thomas Edison High School of Technology
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 one of multiple career pathways:
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. 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 one of three career pathways:
CREA Referral Form Seneca Valley Evening 2019-2020
CREA Program Specialist, Dr. Lindsay Walberg, Lindsay_Walberg@mcpsmd.org