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MSDE selects Tech Center Manufacturing and Machine Technologies as program of excellence

The Maryland State Department of Education has selected the Manufacturing and Machine Technologies Program at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center as the 2014 Career and Technology Education Outstanding Secondary CTE Program of Excellence, according to a Carroll County Public Schools news release.

This award recognizes programs for adding value to the students' overall educational program as defined by contemporary economic and workforce development demands. Other criteria include student mastery of high levels of academic and technical skills; student completion of the high school curriculum; student placement and retention in further education, employment or the military; and non-traditional enrollment and completion of the program, according to the release.

MMT is a rigorous, high quality Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics completer program that is specific to the level of knowledge and skill development demanded by local industry that includes over 70 manufacturing and machining facilities in Carroll County.

The program is now available through Continuing Education and Training at Carroll Community College, providing a continuous pipeline of skilled workers in manufacturing. The students who complete this program while being prepared for post-secondary education and the local workforce are also competitive globally, according to the release.

In 2012, the Manufacturing and Machine Technologies program was chosen by the U.S. Department of Education as the first location in a series of visits to showcase exemplary career programs focused on advanced manufacturing. The program had recently received National Institute of Metalworking Skills accreditation, which allows students to earn national industry certifications.

The program received recognition as the first high school in Maryland to receive such accreditation in May 2011. As a result of their success, MMT teacher Tim Blizzard and five of his students gave a presentation as a model program at the 2013 Maryland State Department of Education Project Lead The Way/Career and Technology Education Counselor Conference, according to the release.

This year, the Manufacturing and Machine Technologies Program volunteered to participate in High School Students United with NASA to Create Hardware, known as the HUNCH program. Students can build five sets of three parts before the end of the school year using raw materials provided by NASA. The students also receive support from the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt. The qualified parts will initially be used for astronaut training purposes, according to the release.

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