College Career Research and Development

College Career Research and Development (formerly Work Study) is a graduation completer program with emphasis in work-based learning. The program is designed for students interested in exploring the world of work and preparing for college or a career. This is a two-year program that begins in the student's Junior year. The second year of study is only available to Seniors who plan to have a half-day academic schedule and work part-time (paid or unpaid). These students may earn up to four credits toward graduation.

College Career Research and Development (CCRD) is designed so that students attend a one-period class along with other graduation requirement courses. The CCRD II course is scheduled in the morning so that students may report to a supervised work site in the afternoon. Current CCRD students are employed in the federal government, law offices, medical offices, retail stores, hospitals, daycare facilities, insurance agencies, etc. Course content includes career planning, job search techniques, portfolio development, college preparation, money management, human relations skills, and much, much more. Please read the Enrollment Criteria and Student Regulations (below) before registering.

Contact Person:

Mrs. D. Caldwell-Brown

(301)513-5400, Ext. 82318

Course Description:

  • CCRD I : The goals in this first course are to teach students the process of self-awareness, career exploration, interest and aptitude assessment, and setting academic and career-related goals.

  • CCRD II: The overall goal in the second course is to have students apply the knowledge gained in CRD I to the practical experience of their work-based learning placement. Students will continue to research and refine their career options through the process of self awareness, career awareness, and career exploration and preparation. In addition, students will learn how to meet employer’s expectations, use skills on the job, communicate effectively in the workplace, and learn to manage their personal finances. They will learn the components of the financial planning process as well as apply financial literacy skills towards managing personal finances. Students in this course will learn how to effectively plan for their future by establishing employment, education, and training goals; and integrating Maryland’s Skills for Success.

  • CCRD course goals and indicators are based on the Maryland Career Development (MCD) Framework. The MCD Framework is based on the National Career Development (NCDA) Guidelines. The goals of the Framework assist in guiding students and adults through the career development process and setting the stage for lifelong learning.

Enrollment Criteria:

  • CCRD I is open to all students who are classified as a Junior at Eleanor Roosevelt High School who plan to complete CCRD II and experiential learning.
  • Students enrolled in the CCRD II program must have completed CCRD I (Juniors only) by the time of enrollment.
  • Students enrolled in the CCRD II program must have the possibility of completing the program, participate in the half-day experiential learning, along with meeting all high school graduation requirements.
  • Students must have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Students who have been suspended in their junior year may be ineligible for the CCRD II program.
  • Students must have a good attendance record and in compliance with the PGCPS Student Code of Conduct—Administrative Procedure 10101.

Maryland Career Clusters

Career clusters are groupings of interrelated occupations that represent the full range of career opportunities in key economic sectors of Maryland’s economy. The career clusters provide a “road map” for students . . . in planning for and pursuing further education and careers through pathways. Maryland's career clusters are:

  • Arts, Media and Communication
  • Business, Management and Finance
  • Consumer Services, Hospitality and Tourism
  • Construction and Development
  • Environmental, Agricultural and Natural Resource Systems
  • Health and Biosciences
  • Human Resource Services
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology
  • Transportation Technologies

Source: Maryland State Department of Education, Career Clusters

Student Regulations and Requirements

In addition to the standards of “The Roosevelt Way,” the following are instituted in the College Career Research and Development II class.

  1. It is MANDATORY that ALL students attend the employer-employee luncheon which will be held at a local venue in April. There is usually a fee of which $20 is due by the end of first quarter. If you desire, you may set up a payment plan that meets your needs. You are required to wear professional business attire at the affair.
  2. Students will be required to open a savings account and make monthly deposits..
  3. Students who are unemployed will present evidence to the coordinator that they are actively seeking employment by submitted the job search form each Monday. All must be actively employed September 16. All volunteer positions must be approved by the coordinator. Students must not obtain employment or accept a volunteer position with a relative.
  4. Regular attendance at both school and work must be a high priority. County policy regarding tardiness and absenteeism will be enforced.

a. You are expected to be in the classroom and ready to begin work when the bell sounds. Otherwise, you are considered tardy.

b. You must telephone or email the coordinator by 8:30 a.m. if you think you will be late or know you will be absent for the day (see contact info above).

c. If absent from school, it is expected that you will not be able to report to work. You must notify your employer as well. Failure to telephone the appropriate personnel will affect both CLASS and OJT grades.

5. Students are responsible for insuring that employer evaluations are returned to the coordinator by the due date. Failure to do so will result in a lowering of grades.

6. Students are required to Dress for Success according to professional standards every Wednesday (or other day announced).

7. The development of proper attitudes, habits, and ideals that will promote wholesome and successful relationships in the business world and in personal life is a primary objective.