Partnerships within our community are important and provide our students and staff with amazing opportunities. Some of these partnerships include:
- Apprenticeships and Internships
- Guest speakers and presentations
- Career shadowing and tours in the workplace
- Industry training for our staff
- Participation on a Program Advisory Committee (PAC) to provide curriculum and equipment updates within the industry
- Donations of equipment and supplies
Youth Apprenticeship brings CCPS students and employers together to create skilled labor through education, mentorship, and on-the-job training. Apprenticeship Maryland is a graduation pathway for students, ages 16 and up, who are interested in employment and further education based on a specific career pathway. The program was developed in partnership with the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and the Maryland Department of Labor (MDoL).
Participating students start the apprenticeship program in the summer or fall of their junior or senior year and must complete at least 450 hours of paid work-based training under the supervision of an eligible employer and one year of related instruction.
An internship allows students an opportunity to apply classroom knowledge in the workplace while exploring career fields that interest them. The internship experience should provide exposure to an occupation, industry or career field and prepare students with technical and workplace skills necessary to seek further education and employment in a career field of their interest upon graduating from high school. They can be paid or unpaid.
Internships are an excellent opportunity FOR STUDENTS to:
Gain further understanding of the demands and needs of the workplace
Strengthen knowledge, skills, and abilities
Gain a realistic understanding of the skills employers expect
Relate academic skills to real workplace situations
Develop plans for their future personal growth and development
benefits for hosting an intern:
- Add a fresh perspective to the workforce
- Increase productivity
- Create a pipeline for future employees
- Build relationships with students and schools
Internships should meet the following criteria:
- Provide a qualified mentor (immediate supervisor)
- Responsibilities are career-focused in nature
- The internship is mutually benefitting the mentor and the student intern is learning one or more new skills or advancing one or more current skills to higher levels
A CTE Program Advisory Committee (PAC) is a group of individuals with a common interest in a particular CTE area (Business, Construction, Agricultural Education, Education, Healthcare, Information Technology, etc.). This group is made of local businesses and community professionals, teachers, students, administrators and parents. The purpose of the advisory committee is to serve as a resource and connection to the workplace in developing, establishing and evaluating CTE programs to ensure students are well prepared for the world of work.
According to the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Grant Improvement Act of 2006, a school that has at least one CTE program, which is receiving federal funds from this grant, is required to develop and maintain an advisory committee.
- Curriculum and Instruction
- Program Review
- Recruitment and Job Placement
- Student Leadership/Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO)
- Staff Development
- Community/Public Relations
- Identify and expand the use of new technologies in the industry.
- Compare course content with occupational competencies and tasks.
- Analyze course content and sequence for relevance.
- Assist in developing and validating skills tests.
- Advise on local labor market needs and trends.
- Review and recommend instructional materials
- Recommend safety policies and procedures.
- Promote and assist in maintaining quality programs.
- Review curriculum to ensure that it meets business needs and industry standards.
- Assist with incorporating employability skills in the curriculum.
- Review technology standards in the curriculum.
- Endorse new program applications as appropriate.
- Collaborate with postsecondary to assure seamless transition for students.
- Provide hands-on work based learning and internship opportunities.
- Review and recommend appropriate program materials and supplies
- Participate in program evaluation
- Review student performance standards
- Assess, recommend, and/or provide equipment and facilities to replicate industry
- Review student follow-up reports
- Conduct community and occupational surveys
- Identify new and emerging occupations
- Recommend new programs or eliminate/refocus obsolete programs
- Participate in long-term planning
- Assist in planning for program improvement
- Notify program instructors of entry-level job openings for students.
- Provide work experiences, internships, apprenticeships, or work-based learning opportunities for students.
- Assist students to develop resumes and interview skills.
- Develop strategies to recruit non-traditional students and expand placement opportunities.
- Assist in identifying additional work-based learning experiences.
- Assist in developing and judging leadership/CTSO competitive skill events.
- Sponsor student organization activities.
- Conduct leadership development activities.
- Assist students with career development.
- Evaluate student portfolios.
- Assist in student competency assessment.
- Provide sponsorship opportunities and support for students to attend competitions.
There are many opportunities to volunteer with one of our Career and Technical Education programs. Some of these include:
- Providing mentorship to students participating in your apprenticeship/internship program or on an individual basis
- Serving as a guest speaker
- Offering opportunities for "career shadowing" and proving tours in the workplace
- Coordinating industry training for our staff
- Participation on a Program Advisory Committee (PAC)
If you would like to be contacted to discuss how you would like to be involved, complete the form below.