News Release, Charles County Public Schools

Eighth graders interested in any of North Point High School’s 17 Career and Technology Education (CTE) programs can attend one of two upcoming open houses set at the school.

The events are 6 p.m. Oct. 22 and Nov. 20 with potential students and their families able to tour the programs and learn more. The window to apply for North Point’s CTE programs is 8 a.m. Nov. 25 to 3 p.m. Dec. 20.

Programs at the school include biotechnology, Cisco Networking Academy, cybersecurity, engineering, manufacturing engineering technologies, automotive technology, collision repair, graphic communications, welding technology, construction design and management, drafting, electrical construction, cosmetology, criminal justice, culinary arts, education careers and the Academy of Health Professions.

To be eligible for CTE programs at North Point, the student and their parent/guardian must be current residents of Charles County, and the student has to be enrolled as an eighth-grader in Charles County Public Schools (CCPS), a private school or is being homeschooled.

Updated guidelines set by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Division of Career and College Readiness require state school systems to base admission decisions on:

  • Student interest expressed on the survey (40 percent)
  • Academic performance as it relates to the program of choice (28 percent)
  • Application questions (25 percent)
  • Attendance during middle school (7 percent)

Eighth graders have been invited to a CTE Showcase on the La Plata Campus of the College of Southern Maryland. The showcase is being held during the school day Oct. 23, 24 and 25. High school students currently enrolled in CTE programs at the county’s seven high schools and the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center will share their experiences and advice with eighth-graders who will record their thoughts about the programs.

North Point is at 2500 Davis Road in Waldorf.

For more information about the school’s CTE programs, go to

For more information on the CTE program in CCPS, go to

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