Dave Gell, Author at The Children's Guild

Anne Arundel County Public Schools Renews Charter School Status Of Monarch Academy Glen Burnie And Contract School Status For Monarch Global Academy Laurel

BALTIMORE, MD, February 14, 2024 – The Children’s Guild is delighted to announce the renewal of charter and contract school status by the Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) for two of their schools. Monarch Academy Glen Burnie received renewal of the charter status and Monarch Global Academy Laurel received renewal for the contract school status. Each year, AACPS conducts a comprehensive on-site review of each of its charter and contract schools including interviews with parents, teachers, students, school leadership, and governing board members.  This renewal signifies the continued commitment of The Children’s Guild’s charter and contract schools to provide exceptional education and opportunities for its students.

“We are thrilled to receive the renewal of our charter and contract school status by AACPS. This acknowledgment is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our faculty, staff, students, and the broader community who support our mission of providing a high-quality education,” said Kim Jakovics, Principal, Monarch Academy Glen Burnie. “With this renewal, we look forward to continuing our tradition of excellence and innovation in education. The school remains committed to fostering a dynamic learning environment where every student can thrive and reach their full potential.”

“Congratulations to The Monarch Academy Charter Schools who strive for high academic standards and are accountable for student performance outcomes,” explains Pat Crain, Director, Educational Options and School Climate, AACPS.  “Our mission is to provide a choice for parents and the community by providing innovative charter and contract school opportunities for students and we are committed to accountability and autonomy, while supporting these schools to produce positive outcomes for students and families of Anne Arundel County.”

The Monarch Academy Schools are part of The Children’s Guild (TCG), founded in 1953 and celebrating its 70th anniversary.  TCG is a leading MidAtlantic nonprofit organization focused on helping students and families find success socially, emotionally, educationally, and developmentally through special education and charter schools, school-based mental health services, treatment foster care, autism services, family mental and behavioral health services, and workforce development programs.

Affiliates of The Children’s Guild include The Children’s Guild School of Baltimore, The Children’s Guild DC Public Charter School, The Children’s Guild School of Prince George County, Monarch Academy Glen Burnie, Monarch Global Academy Laurel, Monarch Academy Annapolis, Monarch Preschool College Park, The Children’s Guild- Transformation Academy, The Outpatient Mental Health Clinic (OMHC), Treatment Foster Care, and TranZed Apprenticeships.  For more information, visit https://childrensguild.org/.


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Tranzed Apprenticeships, In Partnership With Prince George’s Community College, To Offer Healthcare Pre-Apprenticeship Program Leading To A Registered Apprenticeship


A CNA Qualifies for a Patient Care Tech Program for Further Career Advancement

TranZed Apprenticeships, a Registered Apprenticeship intermediary based out of Baltimore, has partnered with Prince George’s Community College and Employ Prince George’s, Apprenticeship Innovation Program, (AIP) to provide a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) pre-apprenticeship program for jobseekers at no cost. The pre-apprenticeship program offers free training and licensure, uniforms and books, weekly stipend contingent on attendance, access to full-time employment through TranZed and PGCC’s, newly registered Patient Care Technician Apprenticeship program with one of their employer partners. Three local hospitals, University of Maryland Capital Region Health, Luminis, and MedStar, have lined up as employer partners and early adopters of the program.  

The program has no cost for participants that meet all the following requirements – they must be a resident of Prince George’s County, have a high school diploma, 18 years and older, unemployed, and able to work full-time upon completion. To learn more and apply, click here. 

Our mission is to change lives through non-traditional, modern-day registered apprenticeship programs and we are thrilled to be partnering with Prince George’s Community College and EPG to offer the (CNA) Pre-Apprenticeship program,” said Erin Finnegan, Managing Director, TranZed Apprenticeships. “A key to a successful apprenticeship is equipping the apprentices with the day one skills needed by the employer to hit the ground running, and a quality pre-apprenticeship program is the best way to do just that. Once students receive their CNA, they qualify for our Patient Care Tech Program which provides basic patient care skills to patients in hospitals.

The Patient Care Technician Registered Apprenticeship Program is comprised of 148 hours of in-person training offered through Prince George’s Community College, as well as 2000 on-the-job training hours that occur, while they earn a salary. The program provides training in review of anatomy and physiology of major body systems, medical terminology, legal and ethical issues, skills training in catheter care, phlebotomy, electrocardiograms, glucose monitoring, basic wound care, and more. 

The demand for CNAs and PCTs is growing faster than for workers in every other job. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates an increase of 9% through 2028. (The average rate of job growth is only 5%.) This means that new CNAs and PCTs will be needed to meet the demand of the aging baby boomer population.

TranZed Apprenticeships offers the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) providing an industry-driven, high-quality career pathway where organizations can develop and prepare their future workforce and individuals can obtain paid work experience, formal instruction, and a portable, nationally recognized credential. Apprenticeship is an earn-and-learn strategy combining on-the-job training with related (classroom or online) instruction, blending the practical and theoretical aspects of training for highly skilled occupations.

Prince George’s Community College is proud to partner with TranZed Apprenticeships to offer the PCT Registered Apprenticeship program. “This opportunity came to fruition through the unyielding support of our Employee Partners and PGCC’s Leadership Team and Nursing Department. The TranZed and PGCC teams collaborated with our Employee Partners to ensure that the Related Instruction and On-the-Job Training represented the standards and competencies needed in a Patient Care Technician,” said Dawn Carter, Director of Client Solutions and Strategic Initiatives with PGCC. “The result is a robust apprenticeship program focusing on the skills, competencies, knowledge, and abilities needed of a 21st Century PCT.” 

TranZed Apprenticeships is part of The Children’s Guild’s schools and programs which respond to the unique needs of every child, family, and community it serves. The organization is one of the largest providers of charter schools, special education, autism services, treatment foster care, and family mental and behavioral health services in the region. The first Pre-App training will start on Saturday, August 16. For more information email [email protected] or call 667-688-1015. 

Affiliates of The Children’s Guild include The Children’s Guild, Inc., Baltimore Campus, The Children’s Guild DC Public Charter School, The Children’s Guild – Prince George Campus, Monarch Academy Glen Burnie, Monarch Academy Global – Laurel, Monarch Academy Annapolis, The Outpatient Mental Health Clinic, Treatment Foster Care, The Children’s Guild- Transformation Academy, Monarch Preschool College Park, TranZed Academy for Working Students (TAWS), and TranZed Apprenticeships. For more information, visit https://childrensguild.org/.