La Plata , MD- Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is hosting its first Career and Technology Education (CTE) Career and Technology Student Exploration Showcase Oct. 29-30 at the College of Southern Maryland. The showcase is for current CCPS eighth graders; students attend during the day as part of a field trip.

The showcase will introduce students to CTE programs available at all CCPS high schools. Current CTE majors are set to participate and talk with students about their program, scholarships available and future career opportunities.

Students from all Charles County middle schools will visit between Oct. 29 and 30 as part of a scheduled field trip. Parents of all eighth graders should have received an opt-out form to complete if they do not want their child to participate. Please contact your child’s school if you did not receive an opt-out form.

Students from Theodore G. Davis, John Hanson, Matthew Henson and Piccowaxen middle schools will attend Oct. 29. Students from Mattawoman, General Smallwood, Milton M. Somers and Benjamin Stoddert middle schools attend Oct. 30.

CTE program choices for high school students include the following:

  • Arts, Media and Communications – Graphic Communications and Interactive Media Productions
  • Business Management and Finance – Business Management
  • Construction and Development – Construction Design Management, Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC), Welding Technology, Electrical Construction, and Drafting and Design
  • Consumer Services, Hospitality and Tourism – Culinary Arts (ACF), Food and Beverage Management (Prostart), Cosmetology, and Career Research and Development (CRD)
  • Health and Biosciences – Academy of Health Professions: Certified Nursing Assistant, Pharmacy Technician and Physical Rehabilitation; Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Biomedical Sciences and Biotechnology
  • Human Resources Services – Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute (MFRI), Criminal Justice, Education Careers and Teacher Academy of Maryland (TAM)
  • Information Technology – IT Networking Academy (Cisco), Cyber Security and Computer Science
  • Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology – PLTW Pathway to Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering Technologies and Engineering
  • Transportation Technologies – Automotive Technician, Collision Repair and Automotive Technology

There are several student benefits for CTE program participation. They include possible industry certifications and increase in starting salaries with experience, potential for an increase in scholarship opportunities and college credit, and opportunities for students to learn about teamwork and leadership through hands-on training.  

CTE programs are available at all Charles County high schools, and the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center. More information about CTE programs is posted on the CCPS website at