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Explore Options

Learn about the special programs offered at MCPS. A number of programs are often available at the local school that have been designated for your geographic area. Or you may choose to participate in a regional or countywide program, where application and admission processes vary by program.

Explore HS Plans

MCPS groups careers into 11 different Career and Technology Education (CTE) clusters and other career related opportunities to help direct you toward focused programs of study with high school plans. The plans will help you to choose courses that align with your future goals. Most include opportunities to earn college credit and industry certification. 

2017-2018 CTE Counselor Toolkit

2016-2017 CTE Counselor Toolkit

Explore Interests

Naviance Succeed is a web program that helps you navigate through the college application process. You can also use it to build a resume, summarize goals, and keep track of your college and scholarship applications. Go to the College/Career Center at your local high school for a registration code.

Explore Careers

Identify a career that aligns with your interests on Career Coach and you can start working toward your future goals now. Career Coach is an online search tool that will give you the opportunity to explore potential careers or job possibilities in Maryland and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

About Career Readiness and CTE Programs in MCPS

Learning that Works

With 11 career clusters and over 30 programs to choose from, students work in small learning communities, gaining expertise from industry professionals. Students can earn free college articulated credits.

Sample Career and College-related Programs


Construction Students Build Home

The 2,500-square-foot house, located at 3718 Munsey St. in Silver Spring, was designed and built completely by MCPS students who are a part of the Construction Trades Foundation program. This is the 39th home that has been designed and built by students.

Cornerstone Placed on 40th Student-Built House & mdash; Watch the Video


Blair STEM Students Build Submarines

Engineering students from Montgomery Blair High School, in collaboration with the United States Navy, are getting hands-on experience building underwater drones called Sea Gliders. Using Navy plans and Navy parts the students will assemble 24 scale models of the underwater robots that are currently in use by the Navy.

Pathways to Higher Education

MCPS has partnered with Montgomery College and the University System of Maryland/Universities at Shady Grove to provide students with the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school.

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