Career and Technology Education (CTE) is a curriculum aimed to guide, educate and prepare students for today’s workforce. TCPS understands that the word “career” today means much more than an occupation requiring a skill. Now, employers are looking for skilled problem-solvers and critical thinkers. In other words, jobs are awarded to those with specific skillsets, who can also see the “big picture”, helping drive home top-level goals.
Through the programs we’ve engineered, we’re providing our students both valuable and in-demand skills, while also giving them hands-on training for 21st century business challenges that require strategic thinking and informed decision-making. There are many different educational paths to consider, as you will find in this website. Some require a combination of high school education and college education. Some provide apprenticeships. Others earn industry-recognized credentials upon graduation from high school.
TCPS counselors have been hand-picked to help you navigate your academic and career choices. Keep that in mind as you browse the many offerings and pathways – you’ll be supported by our expert staff that will provide guidance along the way to find the perfect fit. These programs incorporate rigorous and challenging academic content standards and provide a sequence of courses leading students toward their career of choice. Its not easy, but the rewards are many. You will have a head start towards a career in one of these exciting, high-growth sectors.
Career Clusters and Pathways
Construction & Development Pathway: Carpentry
Advances in science and technology will continue to drive innovation in the design, construction, and maintenance of buildings. These advances will also impact infrastructure systems, including new design concepts, construction materials and methods, and the application of information technology.
Possible Careers: Carpenter, Woodworker, Construction Laborer, Construction and Building InspectorsView Pathway
Consumer Services, Hospitality & Tourism Pathways: Cosmetology and Culinary Arts
Students, who are interested in culinary arts or cosmetology, engage in real-world experiences through internships and mentoring opportunities.
Possible Careers: Professional Chef, Executive Chef, Sous Chef, Pastry Chef, Cosmetologist, Nail Technician, Restaurant ManagerView Pathways
Environmental, Agriculture & Natural Resources Pathway: Agriculture Science
The agricultural sector is a highly competitive industry creating new challenges in identifying global and domestic markets; improving business planning, financing, risk management, and productivity; and reducing costs. Advances in science and technology, in particular biotechnology, will continue to drive innovation and growth in this career cluster.
Possible Careers: Plant Breeders & Geneticists, Soil & Water Specialists, Botanists, Greenhouse Managers, Agricultural EducatorsView Pathway
Health & Biosciences Pathway: Bio-Medical Science
CTE programs in the Health and Biosciences Cluster focus on preparing dedicated professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue challenging and rewarding careers in further education. These careers are among the fastest growing and highest in demand in the country as the population ages and health care needs continue to increase.
Possible Careers: Doctor, Dentist, Nurse, Biomedical Engineer, Pharmacist, Research/Medical Scientist, RadiologistView Pathway
Human Resource Services Pathways: Teacher Academy of MD and Fire Fighter Emergency Medical Responder
Advances in scientific knowledge and increased public awareness of social problems and issues are contributing to a demand for high-quality social services. Public concerns over crime, security, and emergency response and the increased demand for legal intervention in business and communities will continue to drive growth of law enforcement, emergency services, and legal services. The continuous need for professionals in education fields, especially in the critical shortage areas, offers creative ways to engage young people early on in the teaching profession.
Possible Careers: Teacher, Emergency Responder, Fire Fighter, Childcare Assistant, Childcare Director
Information Technology Pathway: Computer Science
Information technology (IT) professionals will face increasing pressure to design, develop, implement, and support more complex and reliable IT solutions that will meet the needs of external and internal customers. This will require that IT professionals have the skills to determine customers and business needs and requirements, manage complex projects, and integrate software and hardware solutions. Maryland CTE programs include opportunities for students to focus on software development, programming, IT hardware and networking technologies. Cybersecurity is an increasingly important part of IT programs and represents expanding opportunities for employment and advanced education and training in Maryland.
Possible Careers: Computer Programmer, Computer Support Specialist, Network Technician, Network Administrator, Webmaster, Software Designer, Apps Designer, Network Manager, Database AdministratorView Pathway
Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Pathway: Pre-Engineering: Project Lead The Way (PLTW)
Programs in the Manufacturing, Engineering, and Technology Cluster prepare students for a variety of career areas, including opportunities to become engineers, engineering technologists or technicians. Students engage in real-world projects that strengthen their understanding of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). By completing challenging projects related to design, manufacturing process applications and quality improvements, students are being educated for the high-performance workplace using advanced technologies. To remain internationally competitive, employers need employees who can develop and use technologies that will continuously improve the quality of life for Marylanders.
Possible Careers: Civil Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Aerospace Engineer, Mathematician
Transportation Technologies Pathway: Automotive Technician (NATEF)
Advances in science and engineering are producing major innovations in transportation technology, resulting in faster movement of people and goods at lower costs and with less environmental and safety risks. These innovations require higher level skills to manage and maintain transportation equipment. High school programs provide opportunities for students to prepare for careers in the automotive industry.
Possible Careers: Service writer, Shop Manager, Service Technician, General ManagerView Pathway
For more information on the Apprenticeship program and to find out how your business can get involved:
The Talbot County Youth Apprenticeship program is a partnership with local employers and the Maryland Department of Labor that gives students the opportunity to “earn while they learn!” Juniors and seniors are eligible to work in career track occupations while provided fair compensation. Upon completion of the program, students will earn four high school credits. Businesses can hire and mentor their future employers by developing the in-demand skills needed for their industries!
- Build your workforce. Youth apprenticeship trains workers in the specific skills needed by your company. Students complete at least 450 hours of on the job training under a mentor along with any classroom/training experiences your industry requires.
- Connect to the talent of the future. Youth apprenticeships are a great way to develop a pipeline of talented, high-skilled workers to help your business grow.
- Contribute to your bottom line. You will see a noticeable contribution to your bottom line through these highly productive and motivated employees.
- Make your workplace safer. A well-trained workforce may reduce worker compensation costs.
- Plan for employee succession. Youth apprenticeships help you successfully facilitate the transfer of knowledge from experienced employees to new recruits.
Businesses interested in mentoring a youth apprentice will work closely with the Talbot County Public School’s Apprenticeship Coordinator to develop a student work plan, recruit potential candidates, and assure the student is meeting both school and industry requirements. Please contact Jodie Colombo for more information.
- Earn while you learn. Youth apprentices are paid a wage while they learn valuable job skills.
- On the Job training. Students will complete at least 450 hours under the supervision of a mentor.
- Discover your dream job. Confirm that the industry you selected is a good fit for you, saving you time and money in pursuing costly higher education or technical training after high school.
- Get a head start. Youth apprentices have an advantage over other candidates when seeking employment after high school, because they develop valuable career skills and a professional network.
- Become more confident. Gain self-assurance by working independently under the tutelage of a mentor.
- Make new friends. Youth apprenticeship programs attract a diverse group of students.
- Meet graduation requirements. Upon completion of the program, students will receive four high school credits and finish the Career and Technology Apprenticeship Pathway.
The youth apprenticeship program is designed for juniors and seniors who are interested in entering the workforce while in high school and plan to continue in that industry after graduation. Through this program, students will learn and practice technical and employability skills under the guidance of a professional. Additionally, they will complete the necessary classroom experiences that meet specific industry standards.
Please contact your school’s Youth Apprenticeship Navigator to learn about eligibility requirements, the application process, and available opportunities!
Questions about our programs?
Career and Technology Education provides benefits beyond the diploma. CTE programs offer students an opportunity to get a head start on their career, as well as, post-secondary education. Students can earn industry certifications and transcripted college credit while completing high school graduation requirements.
High school is the perfect time to explore career interests. Our programs of study are designed to engange and prepare students for their future whether it be heading to college or directly into the workforce.
The CTE Office provides leadership, support, and resources for all courses and programs in the areas of Applied Technology, Business Education, Computer Science, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Technology Education.