How a School District in Maryland put Manufacturing in the Curriculum

This program in Caroline County, Maryland, teaches high-school students manufacturing skills in partnership with local businesses. Started in 2014, Untangled Minds, as it is called, also teaches lean principles, quality control and sustainability.

Untangled Minds’ goal is to get students in a fast-track, career-ready program that would set them up for success in the advanced manufacturing industry right out of high school. From there, the Caroline Career and Technology Center developed the AMP Program in partnership with Untangled Minds, Tanglewood Conservatories and other Mid-Shore businesses.

The AMP program prepares students for local manufacturing careers. Students graduating from the program will be prepared to take the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) Certified Production Technician (CPT) certification.

The program is a hands-on course of study. Students work closely with local businesses to complete projects based on real-world problems. AMP began Jan. 25 at the Caroline Career and Technology Center with 16 high school juniors enrolled.

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