Workforce and Career Education
To attract and keep businesses in Montgomery County, we need qualified workers.
We must provide our K-12 teachers and our schools with the resources they need to ensure that our students graduate from high school ready to thrive in college or a career, including the jobs that require more than a high school diploma but less than a four-year college degree.
MCPS career-readiness programs should be expanded to address current economic realities. Not every student needs or wants a four-year degree. A recent Career and Technology Education (CTE) program review stated that K-12 schools should shift from “how do we prepare students for four-year college?” to “how do we prepare students to earn a postsecondary credential that gives them entry into the middle class and beyond?”
Three of our greatest postsecondary resources for workforce development are Montgomery College, the Universities at Shady Grove, and WorkSource Montgomery. Employers also must be welcomed as partners in the effort, to help align programs of study with labor market needs and provide on-the-job training opportunities.