FCPS Program Earns National Recognition

FCPS Program Earns National Recognition

For excellence in its Project Lead the Way biomedical sciences program, the Frederick County Public Schools Career and Technology Center (CTC) is one of 143 high schools honored nationwide as a Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Distinguished School. The honor recognizes the CTC’s biomedical sciences program for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students.

“It is a great honor to recognize the Career and Technology Center for their commitment to providing students with an excellent educational experience,” said Dr. Vince Bertram, president and CEO of PLTW. “They should be very proud of their work to ensure students have the knowledge and skills to be career ready and successful on any career path they choose.” 

CTC Principal Michael Concepcion says, “There is no such thing as a high performing program without great students and an outstanding teacher. We are extremely proud of Ms. Claudine Marcum and her students for their dedication and commitment to excellence. I’m so glad they’re being recognized for their collective accomplishment.”

The biomedical sciences program introduces high school students to medicine and human body systems, as well as the wide array of biomedical science careers. Throughout the program, students take on the same real-world challenges as biomedical science professionals, preparing them for careers in medical and health-related fields. To read more about the program, visit https://www.pltw.org/our-programs/pltw-biomedical-science and https://education.fcps.org/ctc/Biomedical.

PLTW Distinguished School recognition honors schools committed to increasing student access, engagement and achievement. To qualify for the designation, the CTC met the following criteria:
•    Offered at least three PLTW courses in the program
•    Enrolled at least 33 percent of the program’s students in two or more PLTW courses
•    Ensured that 95 percent of PLTW students took end-of-course assessments
•    Implemented strategies and procedures to support reasonably proportional representation with regard to race, ethnicity, poverty and gender.        
For more information about PLTW’s recognition program, visit pltw.org/our-programs/program-recognition.

The CTC is part of a community of PLTW PreK-12 schools, colleges and universities, as well as corporate and philanthropic partners across the country, united around a passion for providing students with inspiring, engaging, and empowering learning opportunities. PLTW is a nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming learning experiences for PreK-12 students and teachers across the U.S. About 12,200 elementary, middle and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia offer PLTW programs. For more information on Project Lead The Way, visit pltw.org.