Career and Technology Education

Career & Technology Education (CTE) programs of study are available at all high schools and the Career & Technology Center. They offer students the opportunity to prepare for college and/or career and through academic skill development and practical work experiences. A CTE completer consists of four courses within a specific career pathway. Typically a CTE completer earns industry certifications and/or college credit. Your school counselor can help you to incorporate one of these programs into your high school plans. See the High School Course Guide for a complete listing of offerings.

CTE Completer Programs at High Schools   A wide range of CTE programs are offered at the county's comprehensive "home" high schools. High school-based options that meet MSDE  Career & Technology Program graduation completer requirements include:

  • Agriculture: Pre Vet Animal Science
  • Agriculture Mechanics
  • Automotive Mechanics (BHS)
  • Business Administration
  • Business Management
  • Finance & Management
  • Career, Research and Development
  • Child Development
  • Culinary and Hospitality (FHS)
  • Computer Science
  • Horticulture
  • Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training (NJROTC) (GTJHS)
  • Project Lead the Way Bio-Medical (THS)
  • Project Lead the Way Engineering (LHS, THS, WHS)
  • Wood, Design and Application


Dr. Kristine Pearl
Career & Technology Education Supervisor

Phone:  301-644-5188

Norm McGaughey
Career & Technology Education Coordinator

Phone:  301-644-5188

Julie Carter
Administrative Secretary

Phone:  301-644-5188
Fax:  301-644-4139


Students who plan to enter a community college or an apprenticeship program will want to consider the CTE programs that offer college credit through agreements with Frederick Community College and other post-secondary institutions.

Career & Technology Center (CTC)

This specialized school, located in Frederick, offers high school students in 10th - 12th grades opportunities to enhance their academic studies with specialized CTE completer programs in  competitive fields. Most programs require two years of study, and many prepare students for national and state certification and offer college credits. Visit the Career & Technology Center Website (opens in new window) for details.

Technology Education

Students in grades 7-12 develop an understanding of the nature of technology and its impact on business, industry and society. They demonstrate knowledge and skills in engineering design and development and learn about the core technologies that are the building blocks of the designed world and how major enterprises use technology to produce goods and services.

Work Based Learning

FCPS juniors and seniors have the opportunity to learn enhance their career preparation with several Work Based Learning programs,  Students can complete work based learning during the school day by participating in work study, the Maryland Youth Apprenticeship program or through  internships. Contact your school’s Work Based Learning Coordinator to find out more.

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