Description: This article is about mymcps-portal, in which Gabriela Ayoroa, coordinator and instructional specialist with the Career Readiness Academy will introduce that CREA offers ESOL students, who might not be able to complete credits to graduate, technical careers certifications as well as ESOL, math and GED preparation.
We’re at Thomas Edison High School of Technology. We’re going to learn about a career readiness program for ESOL students. We’re with Gabriela Ayoroa, coordinator of the CREA program. She’s going to tell us a little bit more.
Can you tell us what career stands for and what the program is? CREA is a career readiness education academy program. It’s a program with a focus on career-tech as well as coming up ESOL and math and GED practice,
What do students have to do to get into the program? what are the admission requirements? A student who applies for the CREA program needs to be at least 18 years of age or older. We accept students with special circumstances for a little bit younger as well. Students need to be enrolled in an ESOL program and they need to be unlikely to graduate from Montgomery County Public Schools high school due to their age and lack of time in the system.
What kinds of things do they learn outside of their career pathways? In Korea, students are able to study a variety of career pathways and they also have an option to study ESOL as well as GED. We have a special class for GED and for math.
What kind of support is available for students in this program? All of our students have a bilingual paraeducator assigned to every career pathway that they’re in. Students also have a variety of supports within our program that are more social emotional supports. We have a designated parent community coordinator. We have a counselor who is a licensed clinical social worker who works with our program.
Our students receive a lot of social-emotional supports around mental health and medical support. They also have an opportunity to create a resume. We give them support in creating a resume and also being able to create an online portfolio to showcase the work that they’ve done while they’ve been in this program.
What are some of the specific careers that they can pursue in this program? Some of the examples of CREA pathways that they can study are the construction pathways. We’re in a plumbing class. So they have plumbing HVAC foundations of construction. They also have electricity. They have an automotive program, automotive tech and foundations of auto. We have restaurant management and hospitality and tourism as well.
How can students apply for the program? What’s the process in that? Students are referred to the program by their counselors or the ESOL RT in their school. A staff member from their school needs to refer them if they know that a student is unlikely to graduate or has special circumstances. This is a great program for them to continue to learn English, to increase their math skills and to study a career pathway so that they can earn industry certifications.
What kind of certifications are available for students in this program when they finish the program? Some of the major certifications that people may be familiar with are in the foundations of construction or construction trades. We have NCCER which is a certification that is required by a lot of different organizations for students to work safely in construction and automotive trades. They have the ASE which is also an important certification that students earn. Students in the hospitality tourism and restaurant management classes earn a servsafe certification which is required by restaurants in the state of Maryland if they’re going to work in any type of management position.