The Montgomery County Student Foundations Office is composed of three separate non-profit educational foundations that support students in the Automotive, Construction, and Information Technology industries.
The Foundation Office serves as a liaison between the business/professional community and MCPS. This relationship promotes the advancement of career education and prepares students for a full range of careers within each industry.
Construction Trades Foundation (CTF)
The Construction Trades Foundation (CTF) supervises two career pathways. A design pathway with the Principles of Architecture and CAD Technology program and a construction pathway that includes Carpentry, Construction Electricity, HVAC, Masonry and Plumbing. The design and construction of a student house project is part of each student's experience. Thomas Edison High School of Technology offers both pathways.
Automotive Trades Foundation (ATF)
The Automotive Trades Foundation (ATF) operates a used-car dealership. ATF programs are located at Damascus, Gaithersburg, Edison, and Seneca Valley High Schools. The program is nationally certified by Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), and Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES).
Information Technology Foundation (ITF)
The Information Technology Foundation (ITF) provides information technology education and entrepreneurship opportunities for high school students at the Thomas Edison School of Technology, drawing students from all areas of Montgomery County. The program is also offered at Clarksburg High School. Students are provided state-of-the art and nationally recognized (CompTIA) computer networking and hardware courses through an innovative foundation approach to teaching.