Foundations Office Programs
The Foundations Progam provides programs in partnership with three separate nonprofit educational foundations: automotive, construction, and information technology and computer science. Each provides a liaison between the business/professional community and MCPS to promote and advance student education, training, and preparation for college and a full range of careers within the automotive, construction, and information technology and computer science industries. Additional information may be found at http://www.foundationsoffice.org
. All Foundation student programs provide opportunities to earn industry recognized credentials and also provide students with entrepreneurial experiences.
Automotive Trades Foundation Programs
are located at Damascus, Edison, Gaithersburg, and Seneca Valley high schools. Three student-run car sales per school year are held, selling more than 2000 renovated vehicles to date. Students also donate one renovated vehicle yearly to a deserving Montgomery County organization.
Construction Trades Foundations Programs
are located at Thomas Edison High School of Technology. Students design, construct, and market student-built houses. Forty houses have been built and sold thus far in Montgomery County. Students are working on the 41st house.
Information Technology and Computer Science Programs
Information Technology programs in computer repairs and networking (Network Operations) are located at Clarksburg and Thomas Edison High Schools. Students in these programs refurbish, market, and sell donated computers to the community and donate a lab yearly to a deserving Montgomery County non-profit organization. Cisco Networking Academies are located in 7 MCPS high schools - Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Damascus, Gaithersburg, Quince Orchard, Seneca Valley, Springbrook, and Wootton. Students in both programs can earn valuable industry-standard CompTIA and Cisco certifications and college credits and can obtain internships in the IT field. Over 13 high schools have recently piloted Code.org courses and a new Computer Science pathway that includes robotics units. Sudents can take 2 AP credits in the pathway as well as college credits and internships. Six of our high schools are affiliated with the National Academy Foundation (NAF) Academy of Information Technology (AOIT) and offer pathways in computer programming, computer science, networking, and information resource design. Four credits in a state-approved Program Of Study may be use to complete Option 3 of elective credits required for graduation.
Advanced Engineering Technology PLTW POS (5 credits required)
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is a national program that forms partnerships with public schools to increase the quantity and quality of engineers and engineering technologists graduating from our educational system.