Caroline Career & Technology Center (CCTC) prepares students to be college- and career-ready with a robust CTE curriculum (career & technical education). We offer 16 different programs, including a new Apprenticeship program that provides students with the opportunity to learn skills in a paid, mentored job setting. Many of our courses are also available to students as electives, providing an excellent opportunity to explore different career interests. 

CCTC serves students from both North Caroline High School and Colonel Richardson High School. We invite you to explore each of our programs and start planning your future today!

Message From the Principal

Courtney Handte's photoHello CTE Families!

My name is Courtney Handte and I am the new proud Principal of Caroline Career and Technology Center.

The vision of the Caroline Career and Technology Center is to enhance the educational outcomes for all students by developing students who have 21st Century Skills and who are College and Career Ready. As Principal of CCTC, I will work collaboratively with students, parents, staff and the community toward the vision to prepare students to be productive citizens who are equipped with the skills to further their education or enter into a career or the military.

Students with 21st Century skills are not only successful in careers but they are also successful in life. They are lifelong learners who know how to set goals and achieve them. They can work collaboratively and productively. They value diversity and are culturally proficient. We aim to prepare students to be innovative problem solvers. Our students think outside of the box to attack various challenges. These skills give the students the competitive edge needed to be successful in their chosen path in continued education, the workforce or the military.

Our goal is for our students to have the knowledge and skills necessary to pass the licensure assessments. I will work with students, families and staff to ensure that students are successful with their high school graduation requirements as well as completing the requirements needed for licensure assessments and industry recognized certifications. We strive to make Career Technical Education (CTE) accessible and equitable for all students because students who participate in CCTC programs have value added opportunities such as college credits as well as industry recognized certifications. These opportunities provide our students with an advantage leaving high school and transitioning into adulthood.

I am committed and looking forward to collaborating for your child’s success during the 2020-2021 School Year. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions.

-- Courtney Handte, Principal


Vision & Mission


The vision of the Caroline Career and Technology Center is to enhance the educational outcomes for all students by developing students who have 21st century skills who are College and Career ready.

The goal of the Career and Technology Center is to produce students who are productive citizens who are contributing members of society and who are equipped with the skills and knowledge to have a high quality of life.

Students with 21st century skills believe that hard work and effort lead to success and achievement. They are students who can think critically and problem solve. They are goal oriented and able to work collaboratively as part of a team. They are individuals who value diversity and are culturally knowledgeable. They are individuals with the skills to be problem solvers who can analyze and access information and come up with viable solutions. They are effective communicators in speech and writing. They possess higher order thinking skills with the imagination and curiosity to look at new and innovative solutions. They are students ready to compete in the 21st century world and are ready for the challenges of career and college.


The Caroline Career and Technology Center will challenge, empower, and prepare students to enter the world of work and attain the post-secondary education required to compete in today's advancing world of technology. Career and Technology Education (CTE) programs in Caroline County have a mission to assist students in being lifelong learners regardless of the avenue they choose to enter the world of work.

The focus of CTE programs in Caroline County is to meet both the school system and the CTE missions. CTE majors in Caroline County provide value-added opportunities (college credit and industry recognized certifications) by connecting content knowledge and skills with inquiry-based learning, hands-on projects, and authentic problem solving that address all aspects of industry.

The superintendent of Caroline County Public Schools and the Caroline County Board of Education have a vision to ensure that every student is equipped with the academic and technical skills to enter the world of work, military, or post-secondary education.

School counseling

Mr. Plutschak, the School Counselor at CCTC, is available to all students at CCTC as well as those middle and high school students who are enrolled in the Caroline Innovative Pathways program.  Mr. Plutschak works closely with students concerning their needs while at CCTC. He and the home school counselors continually collaborate to serve their students.  If students need counseling services while at CCTC, they should see Mr. Plutschak in the main office.

About - Brad Plutschak

Organizations & Clubs

CCTC students may participate in organizations that provide additional opportunities to develop their skills and build their networks. If you are interested in joining any of these groups, please contact the club advisor found at the bottom of each description.

Caroline County FFA Chapter

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The National FFA Organization is a youth leadership organization that makes a positive difference in the lives of young people by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agriculture education. The FFA Motto is Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.

Club Advisor - Ms. Callahan - callahan.jodi@ccpsstaff.org

National Technical Honor Society


The National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) is an honor society for outstanding career and technical students of workforce vocational education institutions in the United States whose goals include:

  • Rewarding excellence in workforce education
  • Developing self-esteem and pride
  • Encouraging students to reach higher levels of achievement
  • Promoting strong values-honesty, responsibility, initiative, teamwork, leadership, citizenship, scholarship
  • Helping schools build effective business partnerships
  • Building a strong positive image for workforce education in America


Organization Advisor - Mrs. Wittman - wittman.margaret@ccpsstaff.org

Student Government Association (SGA)


The SGA is the governance body for all students at CCTC.  In order to make sure the voice of the student body is heard, members of the SGA reach out to their peers in class, school events, and the office. The SGA implements legislation to remedy concerns and aid student groups with their missions and programming. Through efforts and outreach, the organization constantly works to improve our school. We also participate in fundraisers to help our community when in need.


Organization Advisor - Mr. Cahall - cahall.kevin@ccpsstaff.org


Educators Rising

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Educators Rising is cultivating a new generation of highly skilled educators by guiding young people on a path from high school through college and into their teaching careers.  By working with aspiring educators who reflect the demographics of their communities and who are passionate about serving those communities through public education, Educators Rising is changing the face of teaching.  Our vision is for a clear pathway in every school district in America for young people who want to serve their communities as highly skilled educators.


NCHS Organization Advisor - Ms. Dvorak - dvorak.jennifer@ccpsstaff.org

CRHS Organization Advisor - Ms. Garey - garey.stephanie@ccpsstaff.org


Skills USA

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Skills USA's vision is to produce the most highly skilled workforce in the world, providing every member the opportunity for career success.  We are a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce.

SkillsUSA mission is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.  We improve the quality of our nation’s future skilled workforce through the development of SkillsUSA Framework skills that include personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics.


Organization Advisor - Mr. Hall - hall.dennis@ccpsstaff.org

Organization Advisor - Ms. Wright - wrightgadow.christine@ccpsstaff.org

Student Safety Pledge

Many programs at CCTC involve hands-on learning in real-world, shop, or lab settings. This makes it absolutely essential that students observe all safety protocols. Students will be asked to sign a safety pledge that encompasses the following:

Safe Conduct and Dress, I AGREE TO:

  1. Occupy my assigned place in the shop or lab. 
  2. Wear safety glasses at all times when machines or tools are being used in the shop or lab area. 
  3. Wear prescribed protective clothing and footwear and not wear loose clothing or jewelry. 
    1. Sandals, open-toed shoes, and shoes with canvas or mesh uppers should not be worn in the shop or lab areas. 
    2. Long hair and loose clothing or jewelry must be confined when working in the shop or lab area. 
  4. Practice general cleanliness and orderliness at all times. Clean up your work area. 
  5. Not throw objects. 
  6. Avoid “horseplay” at all times in the shop and lab. 
  7. Report all accidents including minor cuts, scratches and splinters to the instructor promptly. 
  8. Remain in the room at all times except when excused by the instructor. 
  9. Help with cleanup and storage duties until all jobs have been completed and approved.

Safe Machine Use, I AGREE TO:

  1. Never operate power equipment or tools unless specifically authorized. 
  2. Never operate machines unless the guards are in place. 
  3. Use all tools for the purpose intended and in the approved manner as taught by the instructor. 
  4. Remove keys from chucks when adjustments are complete. 
  5. Fasten all work securely before drilling, sanding, and other such operations. 
  6. Avoid talking to or otherwise distracting others using machines or doing hazardous activities. 
  7. Never adjust, clean or leave machines unattended while they are running. 
  8. Not force machines beyond the capacity for which they were designed. 
  9. Report to the teacher all tools and machinery in need of repair, and any hazards that I observe.

 "All students, teachers, and visitors upon entering and participating in career and technology education or technology education laboratories, or visual arts classrooms and studios in the public schools, where the activities enumerated in the law are in progress, shall be required to wear, for general use, protective eye devices meeting the specifications of the American National Standard: Practice for Occupational and Educational Eye and Face Protection, Z87.1-1979 and OSHA Safety and Health Standard 29 CFR B'1910.133, both of which are incorporated by reference." (COMAR - Code of Maryland Regulations)