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Press Release: MSDE Partnership Launches Career Technology Education Awareness Campaign At Talbot County Libraries

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For Immediate Release                                                        Contact: Bill Reinhard, 410-767-0486

Baltimore, MD (December 12, 2014)

The Maryland State Department of Education’s Divisions of Career and College Readiness and Library Development and Services along with Talbot County Public Schools and Talbot County Free Library today unveiled a new public awareness campaign focusing on Career and Technology Education (CTE).

The campaign kicked-off at the Easton Branch of the Talbot County Free Library in Easton, Maryland.  The event spotlighted presentations by Talbot County Career and Technology Education students. 

Today’s event will be followed by a series of presentations highlighting the CTE programs offered in Talbot County Public Schools.  The presentations will take place in January of 2015 at the Easton and St. Michael’s branches and will feature Career and Technology Education student presentations and demonstrations.

“Career and Technology Education and libraries are wonderful resources for students and exemplify the model of collaboration at both the state and local levels,” said Dr. Lillian Lowery, State Superintendent of Schools. “This public awareness campaign will allow parents, students, and the community to learn more about Talbot County Public School’s system of Career and Technology Education through their local public libraries.”

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the Talbot County Free Library to highlight the importance of Career and Technology Education and to share with the community the wonderful opportunities these programs offer students,”  said Kelly Griffith, Talbot County Public Schools Superintendent.

Talbot County Public Schools offer 13 career and technology education programs of study at its two high schools – Easton High School and St. Michael’s Middle/High School. Programs are offered in the following career areas: Arts, Media and Communication, Business, Management and Finance; Construction and Development; Consumer Services, Hospitality, and Tourism; Environmental, Agriculture and Natural Resources; Health and Biosciences; Human Resource Services; Manufacturing, Engineering, and Technology; and Transportation Technologies.  Across the state, CTE programs provide opportunities for students to actively learn about careers and prepare for successful futures.  In FY 2013, over half (58%) of all secondary CTE graduates met the requirements for entry into both college and careers.                                    

For more information on Career Technology Education programs in Talbot County, visit