Career and Technical Education (CTE)

ghoriThe Robert D. Stethem Educational Center CTE programs provide a variety of career-related courses for students exploring post-secondary options. The program is offered as a half-day program at the Stethem Center. Students enrolled in the program attend their zoned high schools for classes and are transported to Stethem for this half-day program.  Juniors attend classes at the Stethem Center in the morning and attend their zoned high school for classes in the afternoon. Seniors spend their morning at their zoned high school and attend Stethem for classes in the afternoon.

The online application process for the 2020-21 school year opens 8 a.m. Monday, November 25 and closes at 3 p.m. December 20. 
Five questions are included in the application.  Questions include topics about career aspirations, how to manage academic challenges, how the applicant feels their CTE program of choice will support their career goals and characteristics their peers and/or teachers would use to describe them. 


The application is closed.  


Students eligible to apply must meet the following qualifications:

  • Both the student and parent/guardian must be current residents of Charles County.
  • The student must be currently enrolled (SY 2019-20) as a 10th grader in a Charles County Public Schools High School.

Online application deadline: December 20, 2019 at 3 p.m.

  • Step 1 (now):  Student completes the online application with all required information.
  • Step 2 (now):  Student AND Parent electronically sign the online application.
  • Step 3 (February):  Report Card copies for ninth-grade and the first semester of tenth-grade will be pulled from Synergy.

Admission decisions are made based on the following criteria:

  • 40%  Application questions
  • 30%  Academic performance in ninth-grade and first semester of tenth-grade as it relates to the program of choice
  • 30%  High School Attendance, ninth-grade and first semester of tenth-grade

Acceptance Requirements

In March 2020, letters of acceptance will be mailed. The letter of acceptance will contain an acceptance/decline agreement. Within two weeks of receipt, the acceptance/decline agreement must be signed and returned.  If the acceptance agreement is not received within two weeks, Robert D. Stethem Educational Center will consider the acceptance as declined by the parent and the student. 


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