ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS High-Demand Career Readiness Programs Available to
Rising Grade 11 Students in 2021-2022


Expanding Access

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) is expanding access to high-demand college and career programs to provide students with an early edge in preparing for life after high school. These rigorous programs provide the academic knowledge to prepare for college, and the skills and experiences to gain a competitive edge in today’s economy. These programs combine strong academics, real-world professional experiences, industry-recognized certifications and college credit, so students can design their own futures and stand out among the best. In addition to new programs available to rising Grade 9 students, some students discover their interests later in high school; a variety of programs are available to meet their interests and goals.


Programs at
Thomas Edison High School of Technology

Rising Grade 11 (current Grade 10) students can take advantage of available career programs by applying to Thomas Edison High School of Technology to attend on a part-time basis in Grades 11-12. In this model, students remain enrolled in their home school for core coursework and attend the Edison program for a portion of the day. Once enrolled, students are expected to complete the full program of study. Transportation is provided daily from the student’s home school.

Countywide programs are available to students from all 25 high schools. Regional programs are available for an interest application to students from the following clusters: Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Winston Churchill, Walter Johnson, Richard Montgomery, Rockville, Sherwood, Walt Whitman, Thomas S. Wootton, Northeast Consortium (NEC)- Paint Branch, Springbrook, Blake, and Downcounty Consortium (DCC) – Blair, Einstein, Northwood, Kennedy, Wheaton for programs not offered in the student’s home school.

Regional Programs include:

  • Automotive Technology
  • Automotive Collision Repair
  • Carpentry
  • Construction Electricity
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Architecture
  • Cosmetology ( Available to rising Grade 10 students)

COUNTYWIDE Programs include:

  • Plumbing
  • Masonry
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Healthcare Professions
  • Restaurant Management/Culinary Arts
  • Graphics Design
  • Law Enforcement and Leadership
  • Network Operations
  • Cybersecurity Capstone

New Programs at
Seneca Valley High School

Rising Grade 11 (current Grade 10) students can take advantage of available career programs by applying to Seneca Valley High School to attend on a part-time basis in Grades 11-12. In this model, students remain enrolled in their home school for core coursework and attend the program at Seneca Valley for a portion of the day. Once enrolled, students are expected to complete the full program of study. Transportation is provided daily from the student’s home school. Programs are available for an interest application to students from the following clusters: Clarksburg, Damascus, Gaithersburg, Magruder, Northwest, Poolesville, Quince Orchard, Seneca Valley and Watkins Mill, for programs not offered in the student’s home school.

Regional Programs include:

  • Construction Design and Management
  • Carpentry
  • Construction Electricity
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp (NJROTC)

Programs at
Gaithersburg High School

Rising Grade 11 (current Grade 10) students can take advantage of available career programs by applying to Gaithersburg High School to attend on a part-time basis in Grades 11-12. Gaithersburg High School also provides additional options for students to attend specialized programs of study while remaining enrolled in a neighboring high school. Selected programs may be available to students from the following clusters: Clarksburg, Damascus, Gaithersburg, Magruder, Northwest, Poolesville, Quince Orchard, Seneca Valley and Watkins Mill, for programs not offered in the student’s home school.

Regional Programs include:

  • Cosmetology (Available to rising Grade 10 students)
  • Automotive Technology
  • Automotive Collision Repair
  • Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp (NJROTC)

Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp
Col. Zadok Magruder High School

Rising Grade 11 (current Grade 10) students can take advantage of the Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp (JROTC) program by applying to Magruder High School to attend on a part-time basis in Grades 11-12. Students will be able to attend the Army JROTC program of study at Magruder while remaining enrolled in a neighboring high school. This program is available to students from the following clusters: Clarksburg, Damascus, Gaithersburg, Magruder, Northwest, Poolesville, Quince Orchard, Seneca Valley and Watkins Mill.


Visual Art Center (VAC) at
Albert Einstein High School

The Visual Art Center (VAC) offers students a broad perspective of fine arts and deepens their understanding of the opportunities for art-related careers through exposure to art history, contemporary artists and artwork. This rigorous and comprehensive program—directed toward portfolio development—enables students to realize and achieve their full potential in visual art. Most graduating students study fine arts or commercial art at a higher level. Admission to the program is through a portfolio review and open to residents of Montgomery County in Grades 8-11.


fire science and rescue

Fire Science and Rescue
(students from all high schools are eligible to apply)

Students study fire science prevention and control and emergency medical technology while earning industry certification and/or college credit, preparing for careers in fire, rescue, emergency management and public safety. Acceptance and enrollment is on the condition that the student is eligible for the program. Transportation is available to students in the Clarksburg, Damascus, Gaithersburg, Magruder, Northwest, Rockville, Seneca Valley and Watkins Mill clusters. More information can be found here.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Gr 12

Students explore careers in emergency medical services while earning certification in Emergency Medical Technician (Basic). Formal, hands-on training will be provided by the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute (MFRI) of the University of Maryland and will take place at the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Academy. This program is available to students from all 25 high schools.


early college

Early College at
Montgomery College

MCPS and Montgomery College have expanded access to the Early College program for rising Grade 11 students. The Early College program is offered at all three campuses of Montgomery College, and provides enrolled students the opportunity to earn an associate degree in a specific content area, while simultaneously completing Grades 11 and 12 as a full-time college student. Students complete all high school graduation requirements through dual-credit coursework on campus at Montgomery College. Interested Grade 10 students should complete the interest form. Those who are eligible will receive a separate communication with application information. For additional information about the MCPS/MC Early College programs options, degrees and locations click here.


*Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis until programs are filled. When applications exceed the number of available seats, a lottery will be conducted.

For additional information about these opportunities, please visit: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/curriculum/specialprograms/high/

TIMELINE

Oct 5 - Oct 9, 2020 Upper grade online application opens
Nov. 6, 2020 Application deadline
Nov / Dec 2020 Each lottery and review conducted
Nov / Dec 2020 Round 2, programs with available space
Dec 2020 / Jan 2021 Parent/student results mailed