What is Talent Ready?

The Talent Ready program was developed by Montgomery County Public Schools, Montgomery College, and the Universities at Shady Grove, in collaboration with The Greater Washington Partnership, to increase baccalaureate degree attainment and professional success for students who have been historically underrepresented in IT academic programs and careers. The program offers a structured and supported pathway to IT degree attainment for students in Montgomery County, MD. Additionally, Talent Ready encourages students to explore and persist in IT career pathways and to be ready with the 21st century work readiness skills required by our region’s tech employers.

If you are an MCPS or Montgomery College student, currently enrolled in the ACES program, interested in pursuing a degree in an IT field, we want you to apply!


If you are an ACES Coach and have a student you would like to refer to our program for consideration, please complete the referral form below:


Talent Ready Programming

Students in Talent Ready will be have access to customized coaching related to exploring and persisting in IT career pathways. In addition to coaching, students will have an opportunity to access IT-related business engagement events, like career immersion, job shadowing and networking functions and participate in additional academic year and summer programming events!

Talent Ready Pathway

Step 1: Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS)

Earn your high school diploma through MCPS. Determine which IT program at MC is right for you.

Step 2: Montgomery College (MC)

Complete your freshman and sophomore courses at MC and earn your associate's degree. MC has transfer agreements in place with academic programs at USG. This means you can make a seamless transition and earn your bachelor's degree.


Step 3: Universities at Shady Grove (USG) 

After MC, transfer to one of the nine top Maryland universities that offer IT academic programs at USG's convenient campus in Rockville. Complete your junior and senior level course work at USG and earn your bachelors' degree from your home institution.

B.S. in Biocomputational Engineering

B.S. in Computer Networks and Cybersecurity

B.S. in Computer Science (cyber track available)

B.S. in Cybersecurity Management and Policy

B.S. in Digital Media and Web Technology

B.S. in Embedded Systems and Internet of Things

B.S. in Information Science (minors available)

B.S. in Information Systems Management

B.S. in Simulation and Game Design

B.S. in Software Development and Security

ACES Pathway