Programs 

The mission of Thomas Edison High School of Technology is to provide students with the academic, technological, and interpersonal skills needed to achieve excellence in their chosen careers and to serve as the foundation for their continuing education.

To learn more about what Edison has to offer, see our program descriptions below.  Also, click on the following link to learn more about Maryland CTE Programs of Study.  Explore how Certifications and Licensures offered in MCPS, and at Edison, can translate into future career opportunities:

Explore the following:
 The Automotive Cluster at Edison High School (MCPS) 

 Automotive Cluster 

The Automotive Technologies Pathway Cluster promotes and encourages the interests of college and career education related to the automotive industry. These programs actively engage students in technical and hands-on activities that provide instruction in modern, state-of-the-art technologies. Students learn concepts in three areas: theoretical, practical, and entrepreneurial, that can lead to Automotive Service Excellence Student certification.

Courses included in the cluster:

  • Foundations of Automotive Technology
  • Auto Body Repair Technology
  • Automotive Technology & Dealership Training

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 The Construction Cluster at Edison High School (MCPS) 

 Construction Cluster 

The Construction Technology Pathway Cluster promotes and encourages the interest of college and career education related to the construction industry. The programs in this cluster are based on the National Career for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) standards and prepares students for post-secondary education and careers, culminating in the Young American House building project. Thomas Edison High School of Technology Construction Cluster students have designed and built forty houses in the Montgomery County area. Graduates of this cluster meet Apprenticeship Training requirements and may earn industry certifications, as well as college credits through dual enrollment at Montgomery College.

Courses included in the cluster are:

  • Foundations of Building Construction Technology (FBCT)
  • Carpentry
  • Construction Electricity
  • Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC)        
  • Masonry
  • Plumbing
  • Principals of Architecture & CAD Technology

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 Human and Consumer Services Cluster at Edison High School (MCPS) 

 Human and Consumer Services Cluster 

The Human and Consumer Services Cluster promotes the education and interest in the Service Industry; Health Professions; Arts, Media, and Communication; and more. This cluster's broad range of programs attracts students of varying educational and career interests. Capstone activities may include internships and mentoring from industry professionals. Students learn concepts in theoretical, practical, and entrepreneurial areas, and have opportunities to earn professional certifications and licensure.

Courses included in the cluster:

  • The Academy of Hospitality and Tourism
  • Cosmetology & Nail Technology
  • The Academy of Health Professions 
  • Professional Restaurant Management/Culinary Arts
  • Graphic Design
  • Law Enforcement and Leadership

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Information Technology & Computer Science Cluster 

The Information Technology (IT) Cluster promotes the education and interest in IT professions, including Computer Science. These programs encourage students to focus on software development, programming, IT hardware and networking technologies. A future in IT or Computer Science requires students to have the necessary skills to manage increasingly complex problems and to integrate both hardware and software to design, develop and implement reliable IT solutions. Cybersecurity is an increasingly important part of IT and Computer Science programs and represents expanded opportunities for employment and advanced education and training. Students learn concepts in theoretical, practical, and entrepreneurial areas, and have opportunities to earn professional industry certifications.

Courses included in the cluster:

  • Network Operations
  • Cybersecurity

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Career Readiness Education Academy (CREA) 

The Career Readiness Education Academy (CREA) is a career readiness education program for older English Language Learners (ELLs) in MCPS who are unlikely to meet all graduation requirements prior to turning 21.  Many ELLs in CREA are students with limited or interrupted formal education.  Students in CREA are provided with opportunities to learn English language skills, basic work skills and to earn industry certifications.  Students who are eligible to participate in the GED Ready Pilot Program are also offered an opportunity to prepare for the GED in the CREA program.

CREA is available to students as a full-day program or as an evening program.  Having these two program options provides students who need to work or care for their own children with an opportunity to continue their education in MCPS until they turn 21.  Students who participate in either CREA program are considered full-time MCPS students.  

 


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