McDonogh Works

Ask a Question. Explore a Career. Find a Purpose.

What if learning something deeply happened as a result of being driven by big questions or ideas that you can’t get out of your head? What if real, relevant challenges and problems led you to pursue real, relevant solutions? What if working on these questions, ideas, and problems earned you valuable credentials and exposed you to work that could be your life's calling? What if such learning didn’t take place during the school day, in classrooms, or even on campus? What if McDonogh Works landed you a job?

McDonogh Works is a career exploration and credentialing program designed for McDonogh students in the Upper School, for teachers, and for other adults. It’s for students who want find a purpose – and maybe even a passion – they might pursue in their lives beyond school. Learning may take place anywhere: on campus, online, in real-world environments, through internships, in labs. McDonogh Works is not limited by time or space. A course might be a week, a month, or a year long. For a current list of courses, click here.

Who Will Teach?

McDonogh alums, parents, and other adults in our community represent every type of career imaginable, and they will often be teaching in this program. McDonogh Works will offer classes by thought leaders in their fields, experts who are shapers of our world. They want to offer their insight, expertise, and wisdom to the next generation of McDonogh students. Learn more about teaching a class.

What Will Class Be Like?

McDonogh Works will offer courses created around pressing questions and real-world challenges in exciting, relevant fields. These questions will drive each student’s journey in a course. And by working on these real challenges, students will develop deep skills and competencies, which will prepare them for work and school long after McDonogh. A course may take place in a classroom, but the work of the course itself will determine where, when, and how students work.

Credentials for Your Work

While enrolled in McDonogh Works, students don't work for grades or credits. In fact, there will be no grades at all. Rather, students will work to solve the problem facing them, the results of which will be captured in portfolios for prospective colleges and employers to see. Students will also earn “badges” for skills and competencies they acquire as a result of their work. Badges are an open-source credential that is carried on throughout life and is recognized by a educational institutions, potential employers, and other entities. All coursework will be captured in a badging issuing platform and in Google Classroom.

Find out more about badges and e-portfolios.

What Can I Learn?

McDonogh Works offers courses of different lengths and focus throughout the year. A course on cyber security, for instance, might run for twice a week for four weeks on McDonogh's campus. Or a course on marketing may run for three months online. Another course might have students work in in a biotech lab doing real research with a mentor/scientist. Whatever the course, you will leave with understanding, skills, credentials, and connections with professionals. The possibilities are limitless.

Fields of study might include:

  • Business, entrepreneurship, and finance
  • Healthcare
  • Innovation
  • Cyber-Security
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Biotechnology
  • Education


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