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Division of Career and College Readiness

Career and Technology Education (CTE) prepares both youth and adults for a wide range of careers. These careers require varying levels of education- from high school and postsecondary certificates, to apprenticeships, or two- and four-year college degrees. Students add value to their overall education by completing CTE programs of study that provide opportunities to earn industry-recognized credentials and college credit while still in high school.

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Career Technology Education (CTE) provides high school and community college students an opportunity to pursue a sequential technical and academic program of study leading to advancement in a career field.

Career Technology Education Branches and Program Managers

Instructional Branch 
Marquita Friday, Program Manager


This branch is responsible for providing leadership, coordination, and technical expertise, including program development and improvement activities, to local leaders of career and technology education. In addition to assuring excellence in the CTE system; the branch provides leadership to middle and high school reform initiatives, career development, financial literacy, annual counselor conferences, Family and Consumer Sciences, Technology Education, the Reserve Fund Grants and serves as co-leads to MSDE’s STEM initiatives. The branch provides products and services to support the seamless progression of students from school-to-careers and further education. This branch provides leadership on the Career Research and Development CTE Program of Study and the following cluster areas:  Arts, Media and Communication; Consumer Sciences, Hospitality and Tourism; Health and Biosciences and Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology.

Student and Assessment Services Branch 
Nicassia Belton, Program Manager

This branch collects, analyzes and reports outcome data on career and technology education programs.  Data are analyzed so students can make informed enrollment decisions and local school systems and community colleges can continuously improve their programs. MDCTEDATA.org

Further, this branch provides state-level leadership and coordinates statewide conferences and competitions for student organizations, including:

  • DECA, an association of marketing students
  • FBLA, Future Business Leaders of America
  • FFA, an association of agriculture education students
  • SkillsUSA, an association of students enrolled in technical, skilled and service oriented programs


Systems Branch
Jeanne-Marie S. Holly, Program Manager


This branch is responsible for providing leadership, coordination, and technical assistance to 24 local school systems and 16 community colleges to improve the systems for state and local planning, program development, improvement, evaluation and monitoring, facility planning, performance standards and measures, and budgeting and reporting. The branch provides leadership in the development of the Maryland Career and Technology Education State Plan and oversight for its implementation. In addition, this branch has coordination responsibilities with the Local Labor Market Teams for Career Connections. The branch provides oversight for state and federal laws and regulations regarding CTE and educational initiatives. It serves as the conduit for all legislation issues for the division.

Contact Information

Tiara Booker-Dwyer
Assistant State Superintendent
Division of Career and College Readiness
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-767-0158
Fax: 410-333-2099