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Implementing Career Clusters – Maryland’s Plan . Jeanne-Marie S. Holly, Program Manager, CTE Systems Branch Maryland State Department of Education Division of Career Technology and Adult Learning 200 West Baltimore Street Baltimore, Maryland 21201 Office: 410-767-0182 Fax: 410-333-2084

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implementing career clusters maryland s plan

Implementing Career Clusters – Maryland’s Plan

Jeanne-Marie S. Holly,

Program Manager, CTE Systems Branch

Maryland State Department of Education

Division of Career Technology and Adult Learning

200 West Baltimore Street

Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Office: 410-767-0182

Fax: 410-333-2084


presentation objectives
Presentation Objectives
  • Provide an Overview of Maryland’s Career Clusters and Career Technology Education (CTE) Programs
  • Highlight Model CTE Pathway Programs
  • Discuss implementation strategies for Career Clusters
  • Link secondary and postsecondary levels through Career Clusters
maryland cte today
Maryland CTE Today
  • Over 50% of high school students enrolled in CTE
  • 25% of the class of 2005 completed a CTE program of study
  • 47% of the CTE completers also completed the coursework for meeting the University System of Maryland; in 1993, it was only 14%
  • 55,546 postsecondary students enrolled in CTE throughout 15 of Maryland’s 16 community colleges
  • 4,293 postsecondary students received a degree or certificate
development of maryland s career clusters
Development of Maryland’s Career Clusters
  • Educators and Employers partnered to develop ten Career Clusters
  • Based upon Maryland’s unique

employment needs

  • Career Pathways and Pathway Programs were identified within each Career Cluster
  • Over 350 employers were involved in the validation and design process
  • Focused on the breath, depth, and value added in CTE programs
  • Moved from Procedural Knowledge to focus on Problem Solving and Critical Thinking
maryland s ten career clusters
Arts, Media, & Communication

Business, Management & Finance

Construction & Development

Consumer Services, Hospitality, & Tourism

Environmental, Agricultural, & Natural Resources Systems

Health & Biosciences

Human Resource Services

Information Technology

Manufacturing, Engineering & Technology

Transportation Technologies

Maryland’s Ten Career Clusters

An initiative of the Maryland State Department of Education, The Governor’s Workforce Investment Board, the Maryland State Department of Business and Economic Development, and the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation.

career cluster frameworks
Career Cluster Frameworks
  • Clusters & Pathways
  • Industry Insights
  • Define the Scope of the Industry
    • Core business functions/economic activities
    • Cross cluster skill areas
  • Full range of career options

Clusters & Pathways

Business Management



Information Technology


maryland s system of career clusters is used to
Maryland’s System of Career Clusters is used to:
  • Revise or develop model program sequences
  • Organize comprehensive high schools into Smaller Learning Communities
  • Identify Career Development Content Standards
  • Link learning levels with joint Advisory Committees
  • Provide sample career options within each pathway
kent co high school 5 career clusters 8 academies
Kent Co. High School5 Career Clusters – 8 Academies

Arts, Media and Communication

  • Academy of Media and Communication (Broadcasting or IT)
  • Academy of Fine Arts and Humanities

Business Management and Consumer Science

  • Academy of Finance

Engineering and Manufacturing

  • Academy of ASE Auto Certification
  • Academy of Construction Trades
  • Academy of Math/Science/Engineering

Environmental and Natural Resources

Academy of Agricultural Science

Health and Human Services

Academy of Allied Health (GNA/CNA)

Nutrition Science (Culinary Arts)


Policies & Procedures for the

Development & Continuous Improvement

of Career and Technology

Education Programs

Maryland State Department of Education

Division of Career Technology and Adult Learning

Effective January 2005

cte program requirements
CTE Program Requirements
  • Supported by a Program Advisory Committee
  • College Preparatory Academic Curriculum
  • A minimum of 4 credits in a Career Pathway
  • Work-based Learning Opportunities
  • End of Course &/or End of Program Assessments
  • Industry Recognized Certifications/Licenses
  • Grades 9-16 Tech Prep Program Articulation
  • Career Technology Student Organizations
criteria for model fast track cte programs
Criteria for Model / “Fast Track” CTE Programs
  • Standards-Based Curriculum
  • Curriculum Development & Dissemination
  • Oversight & Quality Assurance
  • Value-Added Opportunities
  • Professional Development for Teachers & Counselors
  • Program Sustainability
cte fast track programs
Printing Technology (PrintEd)

Finance Academy (NAF)

Culinary Arts (ACF)

Careers in Cosmetology

Civil Engineering (PLTW)

Construction Trades (NCCER)

Building Maintenance (NCCER)

Business Management and Finance (X-MOS)

Fire Science (MFRI)

Academy of Info Tech (NAF)

Database Academy (Oracle)

IT Networking Academy (Cisco)

Pre-Engineering (PLTW)

Auto Collision Repair (NATEF)

Auto Tech (NATEF)

Teacher Academy of Maryland (ParaPro)

CTE Fast Track Programs

Foundation: Information Technology

- Hardware - Electronics - Troubleshooting

- Software - Languages - COTS Applications

- Network Structure - Security - Internet Applications








Information Technology


IT Networking (Cisco)


Security (TBD)

IT Database Aca. (Oracle)

IT Networking (NAF)

IT Academy (NAF)

IT Essentials (Cisco)


CompTIA A+,Network+,


CompTIA C++, Server+

MCSE, Cisco

project lead the way pre engineering sequence
Project Lead The Way Pre-Engineering Sequence

Foundation Courses

  • Principles of Engineering
  • Introduction to Engineering Design
  • Digital Electronics

Pathway Courses (HS offers 1 or more)

  • Computer Integrated Manufacturing
  • Civil Engineering/Architecture
  • Bio Engineering (In Development)
  • Aerospace Engineering (In Development)
  • Capstone Course/Articulation
  • Engineering Design and Development
teacher academy of maryland
  • Pathway Courses
  • Human Growth and Development through Adolescence
  • Teaching as a Profession
  • Foundations of Curriculum and Instruction
  • Education Academy Internship
  • Value Added Options
  • Industry Certification (ParaPro)
  • Articulation

IT Career Cluster Partners

31 Academies Statewide


6 Academies Statewide


9 Academies Statewide

MCSE, CompTIA A+ C++, Server +, AP


CTE Pathway Programs

Finance (AOF)  college credit

Certification and college credit in graphic arts

Certification and college credit in construction management

Certification and college credit in culinary arts

maryland s incentives for implementing career clusters
Maryland’s Incentives for Implementing Career Clusters
  • State sponsored curriculum development
  • State sponsored professional development
  • Industry partner professional development
  • CTE Pathway Program Incentive Grants
  • Industry certification for program and instructor
state sponsored curriculum development
State Sponsored Curriculum Development
  • Funding of curriculum development on a state-wide basis

Business Management and Finance

Teacher Academy of Maryland

Academy of Health Professions

  • Funding of an assessment tool kit on a state-wide basis

Business Management and Finance

Teacher Academy of Maryland

state sponsored professional development
State Sponsored Professional Development
  • Teacher Academy Institute with four year partner
  • NATEF summer workshop with community college partner
  • Certified Professional Horticulturist with Md Ag Ed Foundation
industry partner professional development
Industry Partner Professional Development
  • Printing and Graphics Association Mid-Atlantic
  • American Culinary Foundation
  • National Center for Construction Education and Research
cte pathway program incentive grants
CTE Pathway Program Incentive Grants
  • Program accreditation/certification and teacher industry certification PrintEd



  • Equipment and Equipment Match Grants
  • Development and implementation of National Academy Foundation Programs