Career and Technical Education (CTE)

ghoriThe Robert D. Stethem Educational Center Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs provide a variety of career-related courses for students exploring post-secondary options. The program is offered as a half-day program at the Stethem Center. Students enrolled in the program attend their zoned high schools for classes and are transported to Stethem for this half-day program.  Juniors attend classes at the Stethem Center in the morning and attend their zoned high school for classes in the afternoon. Seniors spend their morning at their zoned high school and attend Stethem for classes in the afternoon.

Click here to visit the Virtual CTE Showcase with program descriptions and videos on each of the programs offered at Stethem.

Watch the video below to learn more about our 2-year programs that start in the 11th grade.


What do I need to know before I complete the application? 

1. View the CTE Open House to gain a full understanding of the CTE application process.

2. Refer to the HighSchool Program of Study for specific program descriptions and course requirements.

3. The application must be completed at one time; it cannot be saved and finished at a later time.  

4. The last application submitted will be the official application.

5. A confirmation e-mail will be sent to the parent/guardian's e-mail address. 


application closed at 3 p.m. on 12/21/2021


Students eligible to apply must meet the following qualifications:

  • Both the student and parent/guardian must be current residents of Charles County.
  • The student must be currently enrolled (SY 2021-22) as a 10th grader in a Charles County Public Schools High School.


Online application window: Nov. 22 at 8 a.m. through Dec. 21, 2021 until 3 p.m.

  • Step 1 (now): Student completes the online application with all the required information.
  • Step 2 (now): Student AND Parent electronically sign the online application.
  • Step 3 (March): Complete the Interest Survey. Applicants will be contacted.


Admission decisions are made based on the following criteria:

  • 40% Student interest expressed on Interest Survey
  • 28%  Academic performance in ninth-grade and first semester of tenth-grade as it relates to the program of choice
  • 25%  Application questions
  • 7%  High School Attendance - 9th grade and 1st Semester of 10th grade**Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, all student applicants will be credited the full 7% for attendance. 


Selection Process
Once the application process is closed, a committee will meet to determine a qualifying score for each program.  All students who meet the qualifying score will be considered a candidate for their first CTE program choice. If they are randomly selected for their 1st choice, they will not be placed in the lottery for their second choice. If they are not randomly selected for their second choice, they will be waitlisted in random order for both programs. Waitlisted students will be randomly ranked and offered a seat if it becomes available.

Acceptance Requirements
In April 2022, letters of acceptance will be mailed. The letter of acceptance will contain an acceptance/decline agreement. Within two weeks of receipt, the acceptance/decline agreement must be signed and returned.  If the acceptance agreement is not received within two weeks, Robert D. Stethem Educational Center will consider the acceptance as declined by the parent and the student. 

Program Information
Automotive Technician flyer
Automotive Technician (course information)

**NEW for SY 2021/22** Barbering (course information)

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning flyer
Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (course information)
Interactive Media Production flyer
Interactive Media Production (course information)
Pharmacy Technician flyer
Pharmacy Technician (course information)
Physical Rehabilitation flyer
Physical Rehabilitation (course information)