ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County Executive Calvin Ball today announced $13 million in pass-through funding from the state to renovate and expand the Howard County Public School System’s (HCPSS) Applications and Research Laboratory (ARL). The funding is part of the $35 million in state pass-through grant funding that was awarded to Howard County by the Maryland General Assembly in 2022. Pictures from today’s announcement can be found here.

“I am thrilled to announce a thirteen-million-dollar investment to ARL for a renovation and expansion that will increase access to world-class Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs, tackling a long-standing waitlist, and preparing students for the future. With this investment, we will expand capacity at ARL and ensure that more of our students can take part in these educational opportunities and build brighter futures.” 

Calvin Ball
Howard County Executive

ARL is the Career and Technical High School for the Howard County Public School System. Students from all 12 high schools and Homewood have the opportunity to enroll in programs at ARL. Each academy is a two-year program for mostly high school juniors and seniors who can use industry standard software and technology to earn industry certifications and college credits. 
“Our HCPSS Applications and Research Laboratory is an essential place of learning for skills, trades, and critical areas of employment for hundreds of high school students in Howard County,” said State Senator Guy Guzzone. “The Howard County Delegation was proud to help deliver $35 million in pass through funds for education, of which $13 million will support critical renovations and an expansion to ARL.” 

“The HCPSS Applications and Research Laboratory is an asset that empowers our students by preparing them to enter fields and bright futures with unmatched practical skills,” said Howard County Council Chair Christiana Rigby. “Our community flourishes and thrives with the students thanks to the diverse opportunities that ARL provides them.” 
The $13 million in funding will support renovations to expand programs at the facility and reduce the waitlist of students who want to be enrolled at ARL. The school currently accommodates approximately 1,500 students each year, and several hundred more students are currently on ARL’s waitlist. 

"Career development programs are critical in preparing students to be college and career ready and the opportunities offered at our Applications and Research Laboratory provide valuable pathways for student success. Our Strategic Call to Action engages students in authentic learning experiences throughout their journey and these new and expanded opportunities will help more students take advantage of our wonderful CTE academies. I want to thank the County Executive, Senator Guzzone and our many partners at the County, and the Board of Education, for their continued collaboration on behalf of the students, educators, and families in our county." 

Michael J. Martirano, Ed.D
Superintendent, Howard County Public School System

“Students are asking for more and more opportunities in Career and Technical Education and I am pleased that announcement is going to expand opportunities for many more students in our Applications and Research Laboratory,” said Board of Education Chair Antonia Watts.  
"What we do at the Applications and Research Laboratory engages students and makes concrete the connection between what we teach in the classroom and the skills and mindset needed for rewarding life-long careers," said Dr. Caroline Walker, the Executive Director of Program Innovation and Student Well-Being at HCPSS. "We appreciate the support for the expansion of these programs so more students can experience success through Career and Technology Education.”  
Renovations to ARL will also support the Career and Technical Education (CTE) requirements of the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future by expanding opportunities for more students to participate in college and career readiness courses. Design work on the renovations and expansion for ARL is anticipated to begin this summer. 

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