Situated between Cambridge-South Dorchester High School and Maple Elementary School, the Dorchester Career and Technology Center (DCTC) provides 17 programs of study within the 10 Maryland Career Clusters Framework. According to the Maryland State Education System Career Clusters are groupings of interrelated occupations that represent the full range of career opportunities. By connecting educators and employers, career clusters provide a common framework to help ensure Maryland has a high-quality workforce that attracts and retains businesses and enhances local economic development.  

Currently, DCTC supports 294 high school students in grades 11 and 12 from Cambridge South Dorchester High School and North Dorchester High School. Anna Howie, DCTC Principal, said, “This is an amazing accomplishment, since the district has 549 students identified in these grade levels. This means DCTC supports more than 50% of the student population in those grade levels.” 

The Career and Technology Center also participates in the Maryland Youth Apprenticeship Program. There are 8 students in the program. Students are currently working with GDK-USA, Chamber of Commerce, Quevera, and Choptank Transport.  DCTC is constantly bringing new businesses into the program and are recruiting students for the following semester. 

Students from Cambridge-South Dorchester High School and North Dorchester High School attend Dorchester Career and Technology programs during the regular school day in addition to their regular home school program. Students may obtain their State of Maryland high school required program completion (4 credits) through completing a program in its entirety.  Students receive a “Certificate of Completion” and a “Competency Profile” upon completion of the program.  They also have the opportunity to acquire “Value Added” components during their study ranging from “Nationally Recognized Certifications” to “Articulation Agreements” (early college credits) with local colleges and universities. 

Click here to learn more about DCTC.  To take a tour or become a business partner please contact Anna Howie at 410-901-6950 or howiea@dcpsmd.org 

DCTC Programs include:  Masonry, Welding, HVAC, Cosmetology, Medical Services, Electricity, Medium Heavy Truck, Collision Repair and Refinishing, Curriculum for Agriculture Science Education (CASE), Automotive Technology, Carpentry, Construction Design & Management, Teacher Academy of Maryland, Homeland Security, Culinary Arts