FCPS recently held a special “Signing Day” to celebrate students who have already been offered a job by a local employer after graduation.
The State of Maryland has designed “college and career ready” standards for schools across the state to use in designing curriculum and instruction. State assessments measuring these standards are used to identify if our high school students are deemed “college and career ready.” However, as FCPS Career and Technology Center Principal Mike Concepcion once said to me, “FCPS needs to make sure that every student is career ready. Some careers require college, and some require certification or hands-on training.”
Students attending FCPS are offered many opportunities to participate in Career Technology Education courses and programs that can lead to industry certifications, work study opportunities, and even paid apprenticeships. These programs give students an opportunity to apply their skills solving real-world problems. Many students enjoy the opportunity to have hands-on experiences in fields where they have a passion. And it is hard to beat having the opportunity to get paid by an employer who will mentor you and provide support for a student participating in an apprenticeship!
Dr. Kristine Pearl, who leads our Career Technology Education office, recently held a special “Signing Day” to recognize our high school seniors who have already been selected to work for local employers. These students have been recruited to work in fields ranging from nursing care to automotive service, plumbing, and more. They have demonstrated they are “career ready” and we are extremely proud of them!
I thank Dr. Pearl and the FCPS employees who worked so hard to make Signing Day a tremendous success for our students. The event was planned by a subcommittee of the Career and Technology Education Advisory Board. Committee members included: Jay Mason, Brendan Maddan, Julie Carter, Jack Newkirk, Alisa Gibson, Jeremy Brown, Audra Jacobs, and Luis Rugeles. We are grateful to them all. We are also extremely grateful to the many employers who partner with our schools to provide career training opportunities for our students!