Marquita Friday currently serves as the Program Manager in the Career and Technology Education (CTE) Instructional Branch at the Maryland State Department of Education where she has held progressively responsible positions since 1998. She holds a master’s degree in adult education from the University of the District of Columbia and a bachelor’s degree in Communication with a minor in Journalism. Her responsibilities at MSDE include providing leadership to implement high quality Career and Technology Education programs for secondary and postsecondary learners in the following career cluster areas: Arts, Media and Communication; Health and Biosciences; Information Technology; and Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology as well as the Career Research and Development CTE Program of Study. She collaborates with local school system supervisors and teachers on a number of initiatives, including the development of State Standards for Computer Science, Technology Education, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Personal Financial Literacy Education. In addition, Marquita works with staff on the implementation of the Perkins Reserve Fund Grant process, Maryland Youth Apprenticeship, Pathways in Technology Early College High School, and Work-based Learning.
Marquita has been recognized by a number of state and national organizations including: the Technology Education Association of Maryland, Junior Achievement of Central Maryland and the Maryland Hospitality Education Foundation. She was named Outstanding Supervisor by the International Technology Education Association Council of Supervisors. Her more than 19 years of experience with the Maryland State Department of Education provide her with a broad knowledge and understanding of public policy issues impacting education, particularly in preparing students for success in both college and careers.