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HCPSS To Launch Apprenticeship Maryland Career Academy

December 13th, 2018

Next year, the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) will launch a new career academy, Apprenticeship Maryland, which helps students gain sustainable employment and further education based on career pathways in manufacturing and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) occupations. The youth apprenticeship program provides students the opportunity to “earn and learn” through on-the-job training in the following industries: information technology, construction and design, manufacturing, engineering and technology, and banking and finance.

“I’m proud that the Howard County Public School System is an early adopter of Apprenticeship Maryland, which offers our students a new pathway to career success by enabling them to enter the workforce in high-skilled, high growth sectors while still in high school,” said HCPSS Superintendent Michael J. Martirano.

Participating HCPSS seniors will complete at least 450 hours of paid work-based training under the supervision of an eligible employer as well as related instruction. The students benefit from the program by earning a salary while learning valuable and marketable industry skills, receiving instruction at the worksite from a skilled mentor, and gaining technical skills and experience in an area of employment interest, while still in high school.

The Apprenticeship Maryland program is a partnership between the Maryland State Department of Education and the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR), HCPSS, community education and local business partners and employers.

For more information about the program, contact Stephanie Discepolo.

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