Student Foundations Office

The Automotive, Construction, Hospitality and Information Technology Foundations provide classroom, lab settings, and authentic real world experiences for students.  Exciting career pathways prepare students for a wide range of post-secondary options within the automotive, construction and information technology industries.   Programs include rigorous curriculum, state-of-the-art technology, career pathway programs, industry certification opportunities, articulation agreements, community business partners, entrepreneurial projects, scholarships/awards and Student Service Learning Hours.

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Students - Enroll now for Automotive, Construction, and Information Technology programs at Thomas Edison HS of Technology! Limited space- apply now  - counseling staff will help to adjust your schedule to fit!


The Montgomery County Student Foundations Office is composed of four separate non-profit educational foundations that support students in the Automotive, Construction, Hospitality, and Information Technology industries. The Foundation Office serves as a liaison between the business/professional community and MCPS. This relationship promotes the advancement of career education and prepares students for a full range of careers within each industry.

Find out what the excitement is all about - see our video where you'll learn about each of the Foundation Office's programs in automotive technology, construction trades, and information technology!

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Automotive Trades Foundation

Automotive Trades Foundations (transparent) (small)The Automotive Trades Foundation (ATF) operates a used-car dealership.  ATF programs are located at Damascus, Gaithersburg, Edison, and Seneca Valley High Schools.  The program is nationally certified by Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), and Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES).

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Automotive Trades Foundation Video



Construction Trades Foundation

Construction Trades Foundation logo (transparent ) (small)The Construction Trades Foundation (CTF) supervises two career pathways. A design pathway with the Principles of Architecture and CAD Technology program and a construction pathway that includes Carpentry, Construction Electricity, HVAC, Masonry and Plumbing. The design and construction of a student house project is part of each student's experience. Thomas Edison High School of Technology offers both pathways.

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Construction Trades Foundation Video


Information Technology

Information Technology Foundation

Information Technologies Foundation logo (transparent) (small)The Information Technology Foundation (ITF) provides information technology education and entrepreneurship opportunities for high school students at the Thomas Edison School of Technology, drawing students from all areas of Montgomery County. The program is also offered at Clarksburg High School. Students are provided state-of-the art and nationally recognized (CompTIA) computer networking and hardware courses through an innovative foundation approach to teaching.

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Find out about our Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs for middle school students here

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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.


Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)


Foundation for Hospitality and Restaurant Management

hospitalityPursue your interests in hotel management, restaurant management, food service, and related careers. Gain proficiency in in culinary, work-based, and management skills using the ProStart Curriculum from the National Restaurant Association. Learn to work with a variety of customers and be mentored by industry professionals during internship experiences.


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