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Career Clusters are part of a federally funded grant to structure students’ learning in smaller learning communities within five high schools.  Each cluster focuses learning around a broad area, much like a college major, and they provide a great entry point for business and community members to contribute.

What are the five clusters?

  • Arts, Communication and Humanities
  • Business, Management and Finance
  • Engineering, Mechanical and Information Technologies
  • Health, Environmental and Life Sciences
  • Human Services

What is the purpose of a Cluster Resource Board?

Assist Anne Arundel County Public Schools in implementing small learning communities:

  • real-life examples from the workplace
  • To help school staff in two ways: to provide to illustrate concepts in the curriculum, called “Blended Instruction,” and to
  • Help recruit other businesses to participate in community involvement activities (PDF format)

What will Cluster Resource Boards do?

1.  Provide a forum for discussion on current trends in this cluster – how occupations in this cluster are changing, and what kinds of skills will be needed in the future.

2.  Help classroom teachers make connections between course content and work experiences related to the cluster.

3.  Help recruit businesses in the cluster for employer involvement activities.

4.  Work with post-secondary partners in helping students make a smooth transition from high school through academic advisement and course selection.

The Bottom Line

We need your help in getting this new initiative up and running. In return for your help, you get to know and work with peers in your industry area, sharing expertise and ideas towards a common goal for your community.

Want to Help?

Contact Lise Foran,
Project Manager 
Smaller Learning Communities Project
Anne Arundel County
Public Schools
2644 Riva Road
Annapolis Md. 21401

Click here to sign up online

Human Services
Health/Life Sciences
Business, Management, Finance
Art, Communications