The CCCTC experience is a life changing adventure where you can experience a career for the first time. Immerse yourself with students who share your passion, learning in professionally reviewed programs, from industry proven experts. See if you have what it takes to earn certifications and college credits that most students have to wait until they graduate to achieve.
At the CCCTC Students Do Not Have to Wait Until They Graduate
1. Earn college credits in most programs at the CCCTC. Students can earn from 3 to 16+ college while still in high school.
2. Acquire Certification(s) in your career field. (Students can leave high school with certifications!)
3. Learn from instructors with experience in what they teach. Our instructors average over 20 years experience in fields such as welding, nursing, carpentry, networking, criminal justice, cosmetology, auto service, and construction.
4. Attend certified programs that have oversight from local businesses. Project Lead the way, the National Center for Construction Education Research, Auto Service Excellence, CISCO, the National Institute for Metal Working Skills, the Maryland State Board of Nursing and Cosmetology, the American Culinary Federation and more.....certify that our programs meet their standards. In addition to our programs being certified, local businesses supervise our programs to make sure we are preparing our students to be competitive in today's job market.
5. Get work experience in a career field. What is more valuable than work experience when you are applying for a job? Besides the valuable experience in our programs, many students go on to internships during their senior year.
Learn a little more about the Carroll County Career and Tech
The Carroll County Career and Technology Center (CCCTC) opened as the Carroll County Vo-Tech in September 1971 because the county determined there was a need to train students for vocational work. Some available programs included Carpentry, Automotive Mechanics, Cosmetology, Floral Design and Data Processing. Juniors came from their home high school in the morning for half a day, and seniors came in the afternoon. Original enrollment was around 200 students. In 1987, the Center expanded and Diesel, Welding and HVAC became additional program options.
In 1992, the name changed to The Carroll County Career and Technology Center and the number of programs expanded. Engineering, Biomedical Science, Cisco Networking Academy and Criminal Justice joined the list of programs offered. During this time, CCCTC started to advertise at the home schools. There was even a CCCTC bus, which would make the rounds to middle schools with videos and information to encourage students to apply to The Carroll County Career and Technology Center.
CCCTC is a special place. Students learn to use a “hands-on approach”. Students work with industry standard equipment; for example, the CNC machines in Machine Tech rival what one would find in most machine shops. CCCTC students have even made parts for the NASA space station! Nursing candidates work with patients at local facilities within two months of starting their program. Former engineering students report they are being hired as lab assistants (while in college) because they know how to run top-end rapid-prototype machines. Auto Tech students learn to run state-of-the-art LED tire alignment systems. A year here is equivalent to a year of work experience!
Our completer programs add value to a student’s four-year high school experience by offering the opportunity to earn college credits. On average, students can earn four college credits upon completion of their program. A few of the schools we partner with include Rochester Institute of Technology, Carroll Community College, Stevenson University, Pennsylvania College of Technology, UMBC and University of Northwestern Ohio. Our programs are certified by agencies such as the Maryland Board of Cosmetology, The American Culinary Federation, Print ED and the National Institute of Metalworking Skills. These agencies, along with local business partners, work with our industry-experienced instructors to make sure our programs are current and meet industry standards. Students have the ability to earn certifications in most programs. Our students are prepared to enter the work force or continue their education a step ahead of the competition.
The building that seemed well suited for the original programs and 200 students is now bursting at the seams with over 850 students, 23 programs and eight portable classrooms. Students and parents have discovered the value of obtaining career skills and experience BEFORE students apply for a job or spend thousands for a college degree. Our students are college and career ready when they graduate.
Over and over, it has been proven that in today’s job market, students need to be college and career ready if they want to be successful. Come to an Open House, ask someone who has attended the CCCTC, or check out our website to learn more about how the Carroll County Career & Technology Center can help students prepare for their future.
The Carroll County Career and Technology Center is a first class educational institution dedicated to the application of knowledge, use of technology, and preparation of students for the future in a variety of academic and professional fields.
The Carroll County Career and Technology Center will be a transformational force in the academic and professional aspirations of our students with the support of all stakeholders.
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