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Career Readiness for students

Explore High School Plans

MCPS groups careers into 11 different Career and Technology Education (CTE) clusters. These career clusters will help direct you toward focused program of study with high school plans to help you choose courses that align with your future goals.

In addition, students can incorporate JROTC and Internships into a four-year program. Most of the high school plans include opportunities to earn college credit and industry certification. Information related to industry certifications is found below. For more information on college courses and ways to earn college credit while still in high school, speak with your high school counselor or visit the Career and Postsecondary Partnerships website.

Select a career from the list below to find a high school program, which schools offer it, and additional program information.


college research

College/Career Research and Development

child development

Human Resource Services


Manufacturing, Engineering, and Technology


Environmental, Agriculture, and Natural Resources


Law, Government, Public Safety, and Administration


Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC)




Thomas Edison High School


Teacher Resources

SPARK 101 are free 10-minute classroom videos, co-developed by educators, employers, and our experts  engage students in authentic STEM problem solving.  Students learn how real challenges are addressed in business, government, nonprofits, and academic institutions.  Professionals from guide students to develop solutions and understand the careers.  For more information, see website SPARK.

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