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Maryland State RWDC State Champions

We would like to congratulate our CAD engineering students, and their instructor Phil Arnold, for winning the Maryland Governor’s Cup in the Real World Design Challenge. RWDC is a national engineering design competition that challenges student teams to address real world problems that confront our nation’s leading industries. The team designed an unmanned Coaxial-Rotor Helicopter for targeted application of pesticides. The goal is to ensure the health of crops from predation, while reducing the negative effects of blanketed, broad-based application. The team will further develop their UAS project to meet the expanded national challenge guidelines and will represent Maryland at the 2015 RWDC National Championships in Washington DC in November.
Team members on the CTC Engineering Team are: Adrian Bobb – Documentation; Mark Goff – Scientist; Allan Hitchcock – Mathematician; Casey Jung – Project Manager; Ryan Kinzie – Systems Engineer; Sean McGaughey – Simulation Test Engineer; and Brittainy Sechler – Mechanical Engineer. We applaud their effort and achievement and wish them well as they prepare for the national challenge.

How to Apply to Attend FCPS Career & Technology Center

 The Career & Technology Center (CTC) is a part of the Frederick County Public School System. CTC programs are available in a variety of areas ranging from the traditional vocational areas to 4-year college preparatory programs. Students can earn college credits and certifications as well as industry certifications and licenses. Programs are taught in half-day blocks and students attend their home high school for the other half of the day.
 Shadowing a program is the first step in the process and is open to students in grades 9-11. Your child needs to speak with a guidance counselor at their home school to sign up for shadowing.  Shadowing will begin for 2nd semester on April 15- May 21 (Wednesday & Thursdays Only). A student may shadow up to two programs.
 On the day the shadowing takes place, your child will ride the bus (either AM or PM as designated by CTC) to and from CTC for half of the day. It is very important that the student shadows on the date that has been arranged. The absence from school is excused; however, students will be required to make up the work that they miss.
 During the shadowing session, your child will receive an application to attend CTC next year. A personal interview and evaluation of your child’s shadowing experience, attendance, and GPA are the main criteria for acceptance into any CTC program. The completed application is to be returned to the guidance office at your child's home high school.

Programs OPEN to shadows and applications:

Advanced Floral Design
Auto Body
Digital Design & Printing Methods
Environmental Landscape Design & Management

Programs OPEN to shadows and applications for WAITING LIST ONLY:

Advanced Web Design
Automotive Technology
CAD Architecture
CAD Engineering
Criminal Justice
Culinary Arts

Programs CLOSED to shadows and applications:

Academy of Health Professions
Ag Metals
Biomedical Sciences
Computer Technician Analyst
TV Multimedia


Most CTC programs offer college credits and/or industry based certifications/Licenses. Visit our school located next to the FCC campus on Opossumtown Pike.
For additional information, e-mail our counselor or call (240) 236-8493 today!