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A Passion for Partnerships: Connecting the Dots Between Career Education & Trade Industry Needs

  • October 21, 2021
  • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Microsoft Teams


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What are students learning from K-12 about career education and job opportunities in the trade industries?

What qualifications, certifications and training are trade-related employers seeking in potential employees?

Join us on Microsoft Teams for this important conversation, where we will bring together business owners and educators who write and teach curriculum to connect the dots between career education and trade industry needs.

Foundation Sponsor: Greenleigh

Silver Sponsor: Community College of Baltimore County


Welcome/Introductions: Sophia Montgomery, President, Chesapeake Gateway Chamber of Commerce; Director of Sales, Country Inn & Suites Baltimore North

Greetings: Dr. Darryl Williams, Superintendent, Baltimore County Public Schools

Greetings: Dr. Sandra Kurtinitis, President, Community College of Baltimore County

Keynote Address: Dr. Michael Grubbs, Career & Technical Education Coordinator, BCPS

·        Overview of Baltimore County career and technology programs

·        Program locations and what students are learning

·        K-12 curriculum continuum

·        Training program teachers

Business-Education Partnerships

Dr. Michael Grubbs, Career & Technical Education Coordinator, BCPS
Christy Moore, School to Career Coordinator, BCPS

Aviation & Marine Service & Repair

Valerie Brennan, Resource Teacher, Division of Curriculum & Instruction, BCPS

Tim Hollenshade, Hollenshade's Auto Service, Executive Board Member, Chesapeake Automotive Business Association

Construction Trades (Carpentry, Plumbing, Electrical, HVAC, etc.)

Valerie Brennan, Resource Teacher, Division of Curriculum & Instruction, BCPS

Chris Hadfield, Vice President, Workforce Development, Associated Builders & Contractors Greater Baltimore, The Construction Education Academy


Katie Frey, Career Coach, Johns Hopkins Health System

Susan Landry, Director, School of Health Professions Admissions, CCBC

Dawn Shuster, Academy of Health Professions Teacher, Sollers Point Technical High School


Faith Ramsburg, Apprenticeship Navigator, Maryland Department of Labor

Alicia Fales, Supervisor, School to Career Transition, Career & Technical Education, BCPS

Closing Remarks

Hailey Brennan, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2022, A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park

Sharon Kihn, Executive Director, Chesapeake Gateway Chamber of Commerce



Tickets are $10 for Chamber members and $15 for non-members. Please register no later than October 19. Login information will be emailed to participants by October 20. 

Chamber Sponsors





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Chesapeake Gateway Chamber of Commerce

415 Williams Court, Suite 102

Baltimore, Maryland 21220


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