Governor Larry Hogan announced the approval of $50 million through the Rural Maryland Economic Relief Fund. Over 100 economic projects were approved, including $600,000 for Queen Anne’s County Public Schools (QACPS).
Dr. Patty Saelens, Superintendent of QACPS shared, “We are excited to receive these funds that will assist us in adding more career counselors to our high schools. Career Technical Education is thriving in QACPS, and this will assist students in securing opportunities during and post high school.” The $600,000 was requested by Adam Tolley, QACPS Supervisor of Curriculum & Instruction, CTE, & Social Studies, and Connie Dean, our liaison with Queen Anne’s County Economic and Tourism Development Department. Both Queen Anne’s County High School and Kent Island High School will split the funds to create and operate a dedicated career office in each building. Details will be forthcoming.
Connie Dean states, “We have been working closely together to strengthen the career development programs for Queen Anne’s County. This is a team effort, and we have a strong partnership between Queen Anne’s County Economic Development and Queen Anne’s County Public Schools.”
The vision for the Office of Career and Technical Education of Queen Anne’s County Public Schools to have a dedicated Career Center housed in both high schools. This office would be staffed by a Career Counselor whose position is solely dedicated to career awareness, guidance and career connections for our students. The Career Counselor will work with students, businesses and the Queen Anne’s County CTE Liaison to establish meaningful and purposeful internships and apprenticeships that meet the needs of local workforce demand.
To read more on the Rural Economic Relief Fund, please visit: https://commerce.maryland.gov/Documents/FinanceDocument/Rural%20Maryland%20Economic%20Development%20Fund%20Summary%20of%20Approved%20Projects.pdf
To read more on our youth programs, please visit: https://choosequeenannes.com/youth-career-development/