In the Works at CTA

February 1, 2023

From the Principal

It's CTE Month!

Dear CTA Families --

February is a busy and exciting time here at CTA. This is month where we celebrate National Career & Technical Education month. Throughout this month, we will have special events that highlight our students and programs. These include our regular Open House on Wednesday, February 8th as well as some special events and programs for our elected commissioners and board of education members.

I encourage you to share the "good news" about CTE and specifically about programs at CTA with your friends and neighbors. We will have a post on our Facebook page and we'll encourage you to share your thoughts there. If you have a moment to drop a positive note to a CTA teacher who has had an impact on your student, we would welcome you to do so as well. We are so excited to share throughout this month all about what we do here at CTA every day: #WeDoThatHere.

Finally, I want to wish good luck to our students competing in Regional SkillsUSA competitions throughout next week and culminating on Saturday, February 11th at the Forrest Center in Leonardtown. I am absolutely positive our students are going to come away with many medals. We'll then look forward to state competition March 24th & 25th.

Looking forward to a great month ahead!


Mrs. Akins


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SkillsUSA Bowl-A-Thon

The Bow-A-Thon is back, so save the date please:

MARCH 11, 2023

Lord Calvert Bowl

From 11 a.m.- 11 p.m.

We have not been able to host this event for 3 years and are excited to bring it back. There will be door prizes, and cash prizes.

Register here for the Bowl-A-Thon TODAY before spaces fill up!

SkillsUSA Regionals are coming! Please join us here at CTA for Events held here on Wednesday, February 8th and/or on Saturday February 11th in Leonardtown.

Tuesday, 2/7 -- Culinary @ James A Forrest Center (Not open to public)

Wednesday, 2/8 here at CTA (Open to CTA parents and families):

Cosmetology, HVAC, Plumbing, Sheet Metal, TeamWorks, Carpentry, Photography

Thursday, 2/9 Baking and Pastry @ Dr. James A Forrest (Not open to public)

Saturday, 2/11 @ Dr. James A. Forrest (Open to the public! Please join us):

All other competitions – Ad Design, Auto MLR, Auto Service Tech, CSI, Criminal Justice, Digital Cinema, Electrical Construction, Emergency Medical Tech, First Aid/CPR, Internetworking, Medical Assisting, Nurse Assisting, Power Equipment Technology. Firefighting will be also be held this day at the Hollywood Fire Department.

Reach out to Mrs. Wells at with any questions about regional competition.

National Technical Honor Society

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The National Technical Honor Society is an educational non-profit that exists to honor, recognize, and empower students and teachers in Career & Technical Education. As the honor society for Career & Technical Education, NTHS serves over 100,000 active members annually in both secondary and postsecondary chapters across country.

The CTA and Calvert High School partner to form our Chapter of the National Technical Honor Society. We are very excited to welcome our newest members! The NTHS Induction Ceremony will be held on Thursday, February 16th from 8:00 am. - 9:00 a.m. The ceremony will be held here at the Career and Technology Academy 330 Dorsey Road, Prince Frederick, MD.

In addition to their acceptance letters, the students were provided with information regarding application for Officer positions.

We are very happy to congratulate the following students for their acceptance into the National Technical Honor Society:

Lexi Ballinger................................... Academy of Health Professions

Bridget Buck..................................... Academy of Health Professions

Charlotte Buckmaster................... Criminal Justice

Taylor Byrd....................................... Criminal Justice

Mollie Chiarizia.............................. Criminal Justice

Caleb Clauser................................... Electricity

Katie Cooke....................................... Academy of Health Professions

Devin Denton................................... Welding

Malia Ford......................................... Academy of Health Professions

Rachael Haley................................... Academy of Health Professions

Alexander Hawe.............................. CISCO Network Engineering & Cyber Security

Nathan Hawley................................ Academy of Health Professions

Jaiden Jacobs.................................... Academy of Health Professions

Sheala Jefferson................................ Culinary Arts

Andriana Jhingory......................... CISCO Network Engineering & Cyber Security

AP Computer Science: Coding

Kara Kulikowski.............................. Criminal Justice

Juliana LeFever................................ Academy of Health Professions

Hallie MacDonald.......................... CISCO Network Engineering & Cyber Security

Computer Science

Victoria McCreary........................ Interactive Media Production

Jordan Myers.................................... Academy of Health Professions

Morgan Parran................................ Academy of Health Professions and

PLTW: Biomedical Sciences

Aidan Thomson.............................. Interactive Media Production

Johanna Wainwright..................... PLTW: Engineering

Samantha White............................. Academy of Health Professions

Destiny Wright................................ Interactive Media Production and

AP Computer Science: Coding

Special Announcement | BYF Scholarship


$10K in Scholarships Available

Through BYF/NTHS Scholarship

Apply Today - Application Closes March 1

The Build Your Future (BYF)/NTHS Scholarship is available to members enrolled in a construction-related CTE area of study who plan to pursue a career in a construction-related discipline. In collaboration with NCCER and its BYF initiative, NTHS annually awards five $2000 scholarships to eligible students.

Who should apply? High School Seniors and/or NTHS Post-Secondary Members enrolled in a construction-related CTE Area of Study.

When is the application due? The deadline to apply for the BYF/NTHS Scholarship is March 1, 2023. Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity. Apply today and take the first step towards a successful career in the construction industry.

How do I apply? Log into the NTHS Website and click on the scholarship tile.

This is a great opportunity for those of you who are interested in a career in the construction industry. Not only will this scholarship help to cover the cost of your education, but it will also demonstrate to potential employers that you are dedicated to your chosen field.

If you have any questions about the scholarship or the application process visit the NTHS website for more information.

Academy of Health Professions

Dr. Cutler

We are wrapping up our Integumentary System unit. The Juniors have learned how to do basic wound dressing and making an unoccupied bed.

Dr. Rachic

I am happy to report my senior students are done with CNA testing and have started their medical assisting content. My morning seniors are working hard learning EKG content and then will be transitioning to Dr. Cutler's class to begin their Phys Rehab journey. My PM seniors are also learning EKG and then will continue with Patient Care in the Medical Office. It's always fun to switch labs and start brand new content!

Mrs. Sirico

My juniors just completed the integumentary system, learning all about the skin, nails, hair and glands. Some juniors also took a field trip to Calvert Hospital where they got to shadow a CNA or RN. They were able to see some very interesting things and had a wonderful experience.

Mrs. Strauss

February is the month of CTE. We are celebrating the completion of our CCMA curriculum and celebrating our CCMA certifications! 100% of our students have passed their CCMA exam!

This month we begin to go out to the clinical setting in preparation for our CNA certifications. This is the time where students really learn what it means to take care of patients. They will be bringing all elements of maturity, responsibility, and professionalism. Patients will be relying on them for their care. It is a rewarding experience.


Mr. Lane: Level II

Our Automotive students have completed charging systems and have been preparing for their quarterly assessment on electrical diagnosis. Students have also been testing and diagnosing electrical systems on vehicles in the shop.

Student of the Month

Kaden Young attends Calvert High School. He truly shows an interest in the automotive field. You can find him in the shop trying to learn as much as he can. He will not shy away from a difficult project and always sees it through to the end. Great job Kaden.

Mr. Trigger: Level I

Students have been doing brake inspections, machining brake rotors on and off the vehicle. In mid-February students will take their ASE A5 Brakes test. Students are continuing to complete work in the shop while doing basic brakes repairs, lube and oil change services and other general Maintenance items. Level 1 will have 4 students competing at SkillsUSA and we wish them the best of luck.

Carpentry and Home Improvement

Mr. Harvey

At the end of January, we finished the rough-in on the DWV (Drain, Waste and Vent) for the plumbing and are starting the hot and cold-water supply line with CPVC in our mock-up small house.

Student of the Month

Andrew Wroten attends Patuxent High School. He is in the Carpentry, Level I class. Andrew has been a solid student so far this year with his shop performance as well as the practical work in the classroom. He loves to lead and will be the lead carpenter for the junior Teamwork team at SkillsUSA. His grades reflect his hard work and dedication to the craft.


Mr. Cherry: Level II

Students have been preparing for their ENSA Exam. Over the next few weeks, they will be doing heavy review in preparation for their CCNA in March. Students will also be exploring content related to the Cybersecurity field.

Student of the Month

Matthew Iverson attends Calvert High School. Matthew has been working diligently to be successful in Cisco. His hard work is paying great dividends.

Mr. Lester

Students have finished their first book Introduction to networks and are beginning their second book, which is, Routing and switching. This book will delve into the more advanced functions of switches and routers.

Student of the Month

Seth Leslie attends Calvert High School. He is a hard-working student who is constantly improving his networking skills. Seth is a great asset to the networking program and his peers.


Mrs. Eckard: Level II

Senior Cosmetology students are working hard to practice and study for their State Board Exams. Students have completed the first round of 17 review tests and are beginning their Mock Exams! Seniors also participated in their first Salon Day and raised money to cover the cost of their field trip to the New York Hair Show!!

Student of the Month

Brooklyn Dillard attends Patuxent High School. She is funny, caring, and talented. Those are the 3 words that come to mind when describing Brooklyn. She is eager to contribute to class conversations and will always provide a laugh with it! After graduation, Brooklyn plans to work in a hair salon to begin her career!

Mrs. Wimmer: Level I

Level I Cosmetology students recently completed Thermal Hairstyling which includes curling, flat ironing, and silk presses. Students are getting ready to begin their first chemical service of Permanent Waving.

Student of the Month

Kira Young attends Patuxent High School. She is a very engaged student and is always ready and willing to learn new content.

Culinary Arts

Chef Hille

The work with international rice dishes will wrap up and we will focus on some dessert sauces and candy craft. In the upcoming months we will perform at least one service-learning event per month. Students will present at the Calvert STEM expo and serve to go meals to staff and students.

Student of the Month

Tanner Eaton attends Huntingtown High School. Tanner's dedication to constant personal improvement and hard work is shown in her quality of culinary work, grades and teamwork. She continues to drive high quality in team production and holds herself to a very high standard in class. Tanner works in a local restaurant and is competing in the SkillsUSA regional baking competition.

Chef O'Dell

Level One students are finishing up our unit on Yeast Products and will wrap the unit up with our popular Pizza production.

Student of the Month

Jacob Adamson attends Northern High School. He is a team player who is always helping his classmates. Jacob is focused and passionate about his future in the Culinary Industry.


Students worked in January to review all information from first semester by preparing Skills Demonstrations. Some students then presented those skills to 10th grade students, who will potentially join the program next year. Students will be working over the next few weeks on two online module systems, ToolingU and NCCER, to learn/review basic theory and construction practice.

Student of the Month

Jason Lewis attends Calvert High School. Jason does what is asked of him, gets along well with all students and teachers. He is always willing to help fellow students and beams with a pleasant personality. He will bring these great professional skills as an asset to any company he chooses to work for.


Mrs. Johnson

Mrs. Johnson’s AP Language & Composition classes (pds. 1 & 7) are continuing with the College Board curriculum and moving into Unit 6. Have students pull up AP Classroom to show you the resources and skills we will focus on this unit.

For Quarter 3, students will continue analyzing texts, but we have a shift in focus; we move into non-fiction. We will read and work with many examples of informational texts.

Mr. Keesee's Student of the Month

Cody Stevens attends Calvert High School. Cody is very thoughtful about constructive criticism and feedback and he has set high goals for himself. Because of this, Cody has shown tremendous growth in English, especially over the 2nd marking period. He consistently submits quality writing assignments that exceed expectations. I am grateful to be able to witness his unrelenting success.

Mrs. Klem

To finish the quarter and prepare for our quarterly writing assessment, we practiced writing comparative analysis essays. In Quarter 3, students will continue to analyze texts, but instead of fiction, they will be focusing on non-fiction, informational texts. In February, students will work with a variety of types of informational texts. They will also write some of their own!

Fire, Rescue, EMT

Mr. Smith

Our EMT/Fire Cadets have now finished Module 2 of EMT and have demonstrated many new skills. Our cadets are now doing assessments on the ambulance and have completed medication administration, and patient assessments. At this point in class, the cadets are about to learn about Trauma care! Great Job Cadets!

The Fire program would like to give a big thank you to guests that have given us support over the past month at the CTA or hosted study sessions. Thank you to the members of Solomons VFDRS, Prince Frederick Volunteer Rescue Squad, Huntingtown VFDRS, Saint Leonard VFDRS, Sgt Dove(Co.4), S.O Yowell(co.3), Dep Chief Threlfall(Co6), Chief Lankford(Co.7), Michelle Mosher(Co.7), Jim Richardson(CC Public Safety), Monty Park(CC Public Safety), Chief Miller(Co.20), and others for their support. Thank you to each EMS/Fire station in Calvert County for their specific support with individual cadets. A special thank you goes out to all company Liaisons who have assisted as well. We look forward to your visit at the end of January!

Graphic Communications

Mr. Owens

Level I

We are well into learning InDesign. Upcoming projects include a two-page newsletter. In conjunction with learning the software, we just completed a chapter on Typography. Two of our level I students qualified to compete in the regional SkillsUSA Ad Design contest.

Level II

Students just completed a lesson on Digital Printing and are creating power points on various types of file formats that are appropriate for Digital Pre-Press.

Interactive Media Production

Mrs. Clements

Year One:

Social media marketing is not as easy as just posting content regularly. The brands that have nailed their social media marketing know that the secret to success on social media is knowing your audience and targeting them effectively. Students are developing their own social media marketing campaign to brand themselves.

Year Two:

Students are practicing the Adobe Certified Professional examination, and several have earned a passing score indicating readiness to take the actual examination.

Plumbing, Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning

Mr. Garrison

PHVAC Level I students completed Introduction to Hand tools and are now in introduction to Power tools. This will be followed by an introduction to construction drawings. Students will be retesting this month for the second time for EPA 608. We will also be working on our Regional SkillsUSA competitions by practicing what students chose to compete in. Parents are reminded our competitions will be during the school week and are invited to attend if they want to watch. The date will be Wednesday, February 8th.

PHVAC Level II is currently working on Introduction to heating, which will be followed up by Introduction to cooling. Students will be retesting this month for the second time this year for EPA 608. We will also be working on our Regional SkillsUSA competitions by practicing what students chose to compete in. Parents can also watch these competitions on 2/8 here as well.


Mr. Bradford

The seniors are working on their GMAW certification, and the juniors are working on E7018 Overhead fillet welds.

Student of the Month

Ryan Dotter attends Northern High School. Ryan is the first to complete his SMAW and GMAW certifications and now is moving on to practice for his ASME pipe certification.