To learn more about Career and Technology Education (CTE) programs of study and other innovative programs visit the Career Readiness Site
To learn more about various career exploration programs see your local school counselor for course enrollment.
College/Career Research and Development (CCRD) is a 2-year program of study that empowers students to create a vision of the future through high quality academic, technical, and workplace skills necessary to pursue education and employment in a career field of their interest. The CCRD program of study satisfies the career development graduation requirement upon the completion of the 3-course sequence. Students who complete the program will master the high school Core Learning Goals (Learning, Thinking, Communication, Technology, and Interpersonal) as stated in the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Maryland School performance Programs Skills for Success.
The Junior Reserve Officers Training Corp (JROTC) program develops citizenship, leadership, self-discipline, and sets forth a foundation for success. Students may select either the Army JROTC program offered at Magruder High School, or the Navy JROTC program offered at Gaithersburg, Kennedy, Paint Branch, and Seneca Valley high schools. Absolutely no military obligation is required; however, upon graduation, students can gain advanced military pay grades. Reserve Officer Training Corp and military academy scholarships may be available for qualified students.
The internship program provides the students with the opportunity to experience the business environment while under the expert supervision and guidance of a professional. Exposure to a chosen career field before graduation may assist in making a career choice while earning high school credit. This paid or non-paid position integrates the professional work environment with classroom skills. The seminar component focuses on pertinent skills, through speakers, discussions, and the collaborative sharing of information. Seventy-five hours of concurrent internship experience are required for each one-half internship credit. Additional requirements for students, parents, and business partners are found here.
Students must speak with their home school's internship coordinator for complete details and information. See link below for Internship Coordinators' contact list.
To learn more about various student focused programs, activities, projects and initiatives under the umbrella of Career and Postsecondary Partnerships (CPP), contact:
SharePoint sites for curriculum and program materials.
These sites are password protected. Contact: Dr. Genevieve Floyd for access.
Career Programs of Study
MCPS offers 11 different Career and Technology Education (CTE) clusters. These career clusters will help direct you toward focused program of study with high school plans to help you choose courses that align with your future goals.
Explore Career Clusters
Middle School Curriculum