Washington County Technical High School Student Designs Winning Maryland CTE Logo

Washington County Technical High School Student Designs Winning Maryland CTE Logo


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Washington County Technical High School Student Designs Winning Maryland CTE Logo

CTE: Learning that Works for Maryland Logo Design Contest Advances Careers

and technical education within the state; Organized in partnership with Maryland Business Roundtable for Education and MSDE

BALTIMORE, MD (June 3, 2022) – Washington County Senior Tehya Poole, a Washington Technical High School student, designed the new Career and Technical Education (CTE) winning logo. The new logo will become the new brand of “learning that works for Maryland” as CTE education is advanced across the state to successfully prepare the in-demand workforce of 21st century. The new logo will be featured in curriculum and programming that shares the CTE program’s vision to ensure that every student in Maryland has access to and opportunity to engage in technical and skilled career study programs.

“At MSDE, we are extremely proud of our CTE community and the high-quality applications received that reflect the artistic creativity, skills, and talent of Maryland students,” said Superintendent of Schools in the state, Mohammed Choudhury. “As we boldly implement Maryland’s Blueprint for the Future, we will expand access to CTE, which provides essential academic knowledge and technical skills to help students succeed in their 21st careers and endeavors of the century. Kudos to Ms Poole for her design which effectively combines the academic, technical and practical learning components of vocational and technical education.

“The CTE Logo Contest was a wonderful opportunity for our Maryland students to demonstrate the application of design and execution of various creative concepts for creating a logo. We were able to leverage the expertise of the real world to work directly with the three finalists to learn the nuances of creating a logo, meet the needs of the “customer” and ultimately finalize a product that everyone should be proud of. We are fortunate to be able to leverage a strong network of employers across the state who care about our next generation of workers and want to continue to impact and grow it,” said Nona Carroll, director of strategy for Maryland Business Roundtable for Education.

“It was fascinating to see the work of a new generation of students, especially to see their creativity as well as their work ethic. In the midst of jobs and attending other school activities, they found time to enter the contest. I was also impressed with the willingness to learn more about the design methodology, the application of what they learned to achieve a finished product, and their commitment to pursuing the goals of the CTE program. I see success in their future endeavours,” said Kimberly Singletary, work-based design trainer, CEO of Conceptual Geniuses.

Earlier this spring, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education (MBRT) partnered to launch the Vocational Education Logo Contest and technical (CTE) statewide. All Maryland public school students in grades 8-12 and community college students were invited to design a logo for CTE Maryland that reflects the vision of CTE in Maryland. Entries were judged on relevance, originality, aesthetic quality and construction.

A total of 66 submissions were received from 11 local education agencies; 33 schools as well as two community colleges, and a total of more than 1244 votes were collected. After review and voting, the creators of the top three designs were selected to complete a work-based creative learning experience with Conceptual Geniuses, a Maryland woman-owned small business and Certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) helping to bringing brands to life since 1993. Finalists participated in three design sessions and worked with creative professionals to hone their creative approach and hone their graphic design skills. For more information on the competition, visit: https://www.mbrt.org/logocompetition/

Tehya Poole is a Cisco Academy student at Washington Technical High School and as a CTE student studied networking, computer repair, Linux operating systems, cybersecurity and the Internet of Things. . After high school, Ms Poole heads to Hagerstown Community College and then could consider moving on to a four-year college. She hesitates between an artistic major (game/art or graphic design) or a technological major (digital investigation or cybersecurity).

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6.3.22 CTE Logo Contest Press Release

Martha K. Merrill