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Today, high school students face many options for academic growth and career preparation. Making informed choices about their high school program of study will prepare students for success in further education and preparation for rewarding careers. The Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) Career and Technology Education (CTE) programs provide students with relevant career skills preparation and rigorous academic course work. Our state-approved programs of study are designed to prepare students for the 21st century global economy and its rapidly changing workforce needs.

CTE Offers

  • Academic subject matter taught with relevance to the real world, often called “contextual learning.”
  • Employability skills, from job-related expertise to workplace ethics.
  • Hands-on, project-based learning opportunities. 
  • Educational pathways that help students explore interests and careers while they progress through school. 
  • Work-based learning and internship opportunities to apply learning outside of the classroom. 
  • Postsecondary career pathways that include registered apprenticeship, industry certification, community college certificate/associate degree programs, and four-year college degree programs.

High school CTE programs of study give students the opportunity to transition smoothly into postsecondary education and to earn college credit and/or industry credentials in a career field of interest.

CTE Mission

The Office of Career and Technology Education (CTE) provides expertise, service, and support to schools in the delivery of programs that prepare globally competitive students for careers and life-long learning. The CTE office fulfills its mission through curriculum development, professional development for teachers and administrators, and the procurement of instructional materials and equipment.

CTE Vision

The Office of Career and Technology Education (CTE) will ensure that each BCPS student has access to a CTE program of her or his choice while continuously improving CTE programs in a manner that is adaptive to the needs of 21st Century learners.

Areas of Study

CTE integrates core academic knowledge with technical and occupational knowledge to provide students with pathways to postsecondary education and careers. These career paths include occupations in:

  • Arts, Media, and Communication
  • Business, Management, and Finance
  • Consumer Services, Hospitality, and Tourism
  • Construction and Development
  • Environmental, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Systems
  • Health and Biosciences
  • Human Resource Services
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing, Engineering, and Technology
  • Transportation Technologies

 JROTC Program

The Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) provides courses in leadership education designed to improve interpersonal skills by developing character, self-discipline, and responsible citizenship which will lead to career opportunities and lifelong learning.


The Articulation Agreement has been developed for students in Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) who plan to continue their education at The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC). The Agreement describes articulated programs that build on BCPS’ approved learning experience with the goal of eliminating duplication of instruction. High school students who achieve at appropriate levels in the high school programs listed in the Articulation Agreement may request credit for documented achievement when they enroll in CCBC. For more information:

Articulation Agreement
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Douglas HandyDirector, Career & Technology Education and Fine Arts
Michael Grubbs , Coordinator, Career & Technology Education
Jaquetta "Jackie" HigginsAdministrative Secretary II

Jefferson Building, 3rd Floor
105 W Chesapeake Ave
Towson, MD 21204
Phone: 443-809-8924
Fax: 410-821-1719