Pathways in Network and Information Technology Program
The new Pathways in Network and Information
Technology Program is a dual enrollment program that enables participating
students to earn both a MCPS high school diploma and an Associate of Applied
Science (AAS) degree from Montgomery College for FREE while in high school.
Both degrees must be completed within a maximum of six years or less.
The AAS degree will ensure that students will meet industry
expectations and gain technical skills and workplace competencies as well as
industry certifications. Certifications will be earned in microcomputer
technician and network administration in either Microsoft or Cisco or in
wireless technologies. Additionally, the
program will afford participating students mentoring and a paid summer
employment opportunity within the technical industry in Montgomery County. To ensure that all participating students meet the challenges of this
program, students will participate in a summer bridge program every
summer including the summer before they enter grade 9, but excluding the
summer of their paid work experience assignments. Completion of this
program guarantees students “first in-line” status for consideration of job
opportunities with the program’s IT business partners.
This program is exclusively offered at
Clarksburg High School, and the only entry point for this program is in ninth
grade. Students attending a Clarksburg High School feeder middle school will be
given preference with respect to the admissions process. However, students
within the Seneca Valley, Damascus, and Watkins Mill high school districts are
also eligible to apply. Eighth grade students who are interested in applying to
the program must register for and successfully complete the required program pathway
courses each year. This includes physical education and Foundations of Computer
Science courses during grade 9. All students who are eligible to apply to this
program will receive a letter in January from MCPS that includes the required
Questions? Please contact Christine Oxenford at Christine_B_Oxenford@mcpsmd.org.