Montgomery County

CTE, STEM and Creative Arts

Categories: Montgomery County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Career and Technical Education department has developed a relationship with the Virginia Tech Institute for Creativity, Arts and Technology (iCAT) to further their educational research and implementation in a public school setting. The two organizations have developed a staffing position that is shared and funded equally between MCPS and iCAT. This position directly supports the stated goal of iCAT to prepare primary, secondary, and university students to work and succeed in a world where science, technology, engineering and math education collaborate and where working as part of a diverse team is mandatory.

Contact:

Rick Weaver
Career and Technical Education Supervisor
rweaver@mcps.org
540-382-5100


CTE, STEM, and Robotics

Categories: Montgomery County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

To enhance technical skills, and to promote teaming, Montgomery County Public Schools has developed the First Robotics team competition into a series of elective courses that are integrated with Precision Machining, Welding, Manufacturing, Science and Computer Programming classes This activity immerses a diverse group of students at all academic levels into an academic/CTE team effort. The Virginia Tech engineering department and various members of the professional and business community provide direct support to the First Robotics team. MCPS middle school Technology Education programs have organized First Lego League teams and the school division actively collaborates with community sponsored First Tech Challenge teams.

Contact:

Rick Weaver
CTE Supervisor
rweaver@mcps.org
540-382-5100


Workforce Development

Categories: Montgomery County, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) has a very progressive work force development relationship with New River Community College (NRCC). Most CTE programs at MCPS have a dual enrolled component with NRCC occupational technical programs. The NRCC staff and MCPS CTE department actively pursue new dual enrolled relationships and have a simple process in place that is understood by both entities and reacts quickly to new DE opportunities and changing workforce needs. To support our mutual mission of workforce development, NRCC hosts an annual Career Day on their campus for all sophomores and has done so for eight consecutive years. This activity is supported by the business community in the form of career speakers representing the full spectrum of local employers. NRCC provides career coaches on all four MCPS high school campuses to assist in career planning and appropriate post secondary placements for individual students. Junior Achievement manages job shadowing and internship opportunities for students who have determined a career of interest by identifying and organizing appropriate placements.

Contact:

Rick Weaver
CTE Supervisor
rweaver@mcps.org
540-382-5100