Where students can choose their own paths

brochure-coverTalk about choices! Baltimore County Public Schools offers more than 100 magnet programs for elementary, middle, and high school students, AND every comprehensive high school offers a variety of Career and Technical Education programs. Add to that JROTC programs and the strong BCPS partnership with the Community College of Baltimore County — and the result is that BCPS students have tremendous opportunities to begin exploring career options while still in school and to choose areas for indepth study.

Want to know more? Special programs are taking place throughout the month of October.

Learn more about magnet programs

Applications for magnet programs are due on Friday, Nov. 18. More than 4,200 students and parents participated in the Oct. 1 Magnet EXPO! to learn more about programs, see students demonstrate their knowledge, and participate in hands-on activities. For those who missed it — and for those who attended but want more information about specific programs, throughout October and into early November, schools across the county are hosting free Magnet Showcase events. See the schedule here and learn more about which programs are at which schools here.

Learning more about Career and Technology Education

At the Magnet EXPO!, Career and Technology Education exhibits offered hands-on demonstrations and job-market information. But there is so much more to the CTE story. To learn more, students, ages 13 and up, and their parents are invited to a series of free workshops focused on career and technology education. Sponsored by the BCPS Parent University, BCPS Office of Career and Technology Education, and Baltimore County Public Library, the first “Be What You Want To Be” seminar will focus on career paths in the arts, media, and communication. It includes hands-on learning with opportunities to meet and discuss the BCPS career and technology education program with both staff and students. Information also will be provided on how to prepare for CTE programs and magnet schools and the application process.

The arts, media, and communication pathway workshop will be offered on Thursday, Oct. 13, from 5 – 6 p.m., at the Pikesville Public Library, 1301 Reisterstown Rd., 21208-4195.

A workshop focusing on construction and development career paths has been planned for Thursday, Nov. 3, from 5 – 6 p.m. at the Cockeysville Public Library, 9833 Greenside Drive, 21030-2188.

For more information about the “Be What You Want To Be” sessions, please contact Tia Jennings at 410-887-0517 or tjennings@bcpl.net.