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Class of 2019 Experiences Education in Southern Maryland

LEONARDTOWN, Md. – December 14, 2018: On December 6, 2018, the Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) Class of 2019 participated in the fourth of nine educational sessions for the 2018-19 LSM Executive Program. This session’s topic was education in the region with a focus on career and technology curriculums.  The class began the day at Calvert Career & Technology Academy (CTA) where they were given an overview of the academy’s structure and goals by CTA Principal Mark Wilding.  Wilding also provided information about career and technology educational opportunities throughout the Calvert County public school system.  Class members were able to tour the CTA facility and watch students in action in a variety of courses including graphic arts, welding, HVAC, cyber security, and cosmetology.  LSM participants also sampled the results of the CTA culinary students’ efforts, enjoying from-scratch pastries for breakfast and a delicious lunch.

In the afternoon, the class was welcomed to the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) Hughesville Regional Campus by Dr. Maureen Murphy, CSM president.  They toured the state-of-the-art building devoted to trades education and learned about the college’s course offerings aimed at serving students at a variety of steps along their career paths.  Class members rounded out the day with a panel of experts discussing applied learning and workforce development.  They also participated in a brief group activity allowing them to apply what they’d learned throughout the day to enhance career and technology education in their communities.

Leadership Southern Maryland is a nine-month tuition-based program that educates and inspires a diverse group of current and emerging leaders creating opportunities for collaborations and partnerships impacting the community needs of Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties ensuring a cross-section of the region including diversity of geographic location, profession, ethnicity and gender.

For more information, please contact Denise Foster, executive director, Leadership Southern Maryland, 301-862-7663, via email or visit


Leadership Southern Maryland is an independent, educational leadership development organization designed to broaden the knowledge base of mid- to senior-level public and private sector executives about the critical issues, challenges, and opportunities facing the region. Leadership Southern Maryland is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.