Advances in scientific knowledge and increased public awareness of social problems and issues are contributing to a demand for high-quality social services. Public concerns over crime, security, and emergency response and the increased demand for legal intervention in business and communities will continue to drive the growth of law enforcement, emergency services and legal services. The continuous need for professionals in education fields, especially in the critical shortage areas, offers creative ways to engage young people early on in the teaching profession. Students have the opportunity to participate in various activities and competitions outside of the classroom through membership in the SkillsUSA and Educators Rising student organizations. See where Human Resources Services programs are offered in Maryland.
The Teacher Academy of Maryland program allows graduates to go directly into employment as a Teacher’s Assistant or continue towards their professional teaching license at several college programs. Upon completion, students sit for the Maryland recognized certifications of ParaPro and PRAXIS Core. Students can receive internships, college credit and scholarships through the Towson University or any of the 13 community colleges statewide that offer the Associate of Arts in Teaching degree.
The Fire Emergency Medical Training program is offered in partnership with instructors from the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute (MFRI) of the University of Maryland. Students progress through courses on emergency medical technology, fire prevention and control. The program includes classroom instruction and training at local fire companies. Students are required to complete work-based learning and take certification exams.
The Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (HS/EP) program prepares students for industry certification and college credit in one of three areas: Homeland Security Sciences, Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement, or Information/ Communications Technology. Students focus on protecting against threats to public safety through effective communication, preparedness, detection, prevention, response and recovery. All areas conclude with a capstone project mentored by industry partners.
The Early Childhood Education program follows the nationally recognized Child Development Associate (CDA) Program of the National Credentialing Program. Students may earn the CDA in center-based programs, family child care and home visitors. Students complete 120 hours of child development education and 480 hours of experience working directly with children in licensed facilities. In addition to certification, students also have the opportunity to earn college credit.
JROTC programs are designed to teach students the value of citizenship, leadership, service to the community, personal responsibility, and provide a sense of accomplishment while instilling self-esteem, teamwork, and self-discipline. JROTC helps students build knowledge of self-discovery and leadership skills applicable to many leadership and managerial roles in both the military and civilian sectors. The CTE State JROTC Program provides pathways in Army, Navy Air Force, and Marine Corps.