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The Student Perspective: Why Career and Technical Education Works

Riley Bates - Manufacturing Engineering Technology

Senior Riley Bates talks about the benefits of the Manufacturing Engineering Technologies program at Carroll County's Career and Technology Center.


Career and Technology Education:  Explore The Possibilities

Career and Technology Education (CTE) prepares both youth and adults for a wide range of careers. These careers require varying levels of education—from high school and postsecondary certificates, to apprenticeships, or two- and four-year college degrees. Students add value to their overall education by completing CTE programs of study that provide opportunities to earn industry-recognized credentials and college credit while still in high school.

CTE programs are responsive to shifting workforce priorities and emerging careers. With science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) driving the 21st-Century economy and the military’s Base Realignment and Closure plan bringing tens of thousands more STEM-dependent jobs to Maryland, programs like Pre-engineering, Biomedical Sciences, Manufacturing Engineering Technologies, Computer Networking, and Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness are attracting more and more students.

In Maryland, these programs of study and grouped into ten career clusters. Career Clusters allow students to explore a wide range of career options and to apply academic and technical skills in a career area. Career Pathways are like road maps of learning that help students plan for and pursue further education and careers.

The mission of Career and Technology Education Programs in Maryland is to increase the academic, career, and technical skills of students in order to prepare them for careers and further education.  Career and Technology Education is the premier provider of career-focused educational solutions in Maryland.