Cover of Celebrate HCPSS Issue 3

Issue 4: Spring 2017

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Opening up Worlds of Opportunities

Sharon Kramer, head of Career and Technology Education at HCPSS, pens the opening letter for this special #LifeReady issue.

Personalized Pathways to Students’ Dreams


Learn how CTE prepares Howard County students for a wide range of high-wage, high-skill, high-demand careers through rigorous and relevant instruction with like-minded peers, starting as early as middle school.

Contributing to Society Through G/T Research


Each year, more than 700 HCPSS high school students explore potential career interests by working with one of approximately 250 companies and professionals in a wide range of fields.

Teacher Leads the Way in Technology and Engineering Education


Veteran technology education and engineering teacher Roy Rosnik helps students from around the county discover their engineering interests and potential through the PLTW Aerospace Academy.

Occupational Therapy Head Ensures Students are Classroom- and #LifeReady


Joan Ogaitis works to remove learning barriers for students, so they can succeed in the classroom and ultimately in life.

Workforce Prep with Project SEARCH


Project SEARCH Howard County enables students with disabilities in their last year of high school to explore professions full time through internship rotations.

Cultivating Computational Thinking


HCPSS is helping solve a major statewide challenge: preparing more students with computing and problem-solving skills for in-demand career fields.

Developing Financially Informed Global Citizens


Financial literacy is integrated into a variety of courses throughout a student’s academic career, so Howard County graduates are prepared for responsible living in a global economy.

Helping Future Teachers Shine Bright


Students can take part in a variety of teacher preparation programs, such as Teacher Academy of Maryland, Teachers for Tomorrow and Educators Rising.

Learning to Lead


The Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps prepares high school students for leadership while making them aware of their rights, responsibilities and privileges as American citizens.

Award-Winning Cancer Nanotechnology Entrepreneur Credits His Scientific Start to ARL


Biotechnology Career Academy alumnus Camilo Vanegas has launched an award-winning startup that produces a leukemia detection device, as he continues working toward a Ph.D. in molecular medicine.

Preparing #LifeReady Students Through World Language


The HCPSS World Language Program provides students with marketable skills and the cultural competency for college and careers.


HCPSS celebrates remarkable achievements made by students, alumni, staff members and schools. These are just a few.