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  • PSSAM Staff

Taking a Bite: North Point High School CTE Program Nourishes Maryland's Superintendent Academy

Updated: Jan 26

January 25, 2024


North Point High School for Science, Technology and Industry "Culinary Arts" Career and Technical Education (CTE) program students served up a divine lunch for the Maryland Superintendent Academy on Thursday, January 25th. North Point offers 16 Career and Technical Education application- based programs for Charles County Public School (CCPS) students and Non-CCPS students residing in Charles County, beginning in 9th or 10th grade. An estimated 300 students from each class are accepted, made up of students from all across the county as well as students that live within the North Point area.

The Culinary Arts program is 100% accredited through the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC), guaranteeing the program meets a minimum of standards and competencies to prepare students for successful careers in respective fields, led by Chef Christopher Willis. Additionally, "students may earn industry certification and credit toward becoming a Certified Culinarian (CC) or a Certified Pastry Culinarian (CPC)." Culinary Arts students develop a variety of skills through classroom and on-the job experiences. Today, the Culinary Arts students dished out a delectable menu including cream of crab with corn & poblano for starters, assorted sandwiches such as curry chicken salad with grapes, roasted turkey with avocado spread and pepper bacon, a veggie option on fresh foccia, rounded out with a vegetable orzo pasta salad. Not to be forgotten, the abundance of delicious baked desserts.

The Maryland Superintendent Academy is led by the Public School Superintendents' Association of Maryland (PSSAM) in collaboration with the Region 4 Comprehensive Center (R4CC) It is Maryland's first grow- your- own professional learning opportunity designed to prepare the next generation of Maryland school system leaders. This is the second cohort of aspiring superintendents, representing 20 highly qualified central office and school-based leaders from 14 Maryland school districts. Participants convene monthly to learn effective practices for negotiating a superintendent contract, engage in mock interviews, participate in job shadow experiences, practice developing and managing a budget to move student achievement and create equitable learning experiences, and refine their leadership strengths and core values in preparation for the superintendency. These aspiring superintendents have one remaining convening in March 2024, where they will congregate to celebrate the completion of this professional learning experience and embark on their journey of superintendency.



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