A SMart Workforce starts with smart people

A highly educated community contributes immediately to a ready-to-go workforce, and Montgomery County residents are among the most highly educated folks in the nation. For businesses considering a Montgomery County location, the education factor means top talent, and provides an immediate workforce advantage.


Post-graduate degrees, the highest percentage in the nation of residents over 25 years of age.


Bachelor’s degree or higher


High school graduates or higher


Local Colleges and University Programs

Montgomery County is home to the Universities at Shady Grove, where 80 undergrad and graduate degree programs are offered by nine University of Maryland institutions on one convenient campus. This unique program is preparing students for great careers in the region’s most high demand fields, and includes University of Maryland, College Park; University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Salisbury and Towson Universities.

Looking Ahead: A New BioMedical Science Building
The Universities at Shady Grove is constructing a state-of-the-art, $162 million biomedical sciences building to further cyber, engineering and biomedical sciences education, slated to open in 2019. 

Johns Hopkins Montgomery County Campus offers part-time, evening, master’s degree courses in bioinformatics, biotechnology, biotechnology enterprise and entrepreneurship, regulatory science and other areas. The Center for Biotechnology Education takes the pulse of the biotech job market to ensure students get the skills they need to succeed in the biotech industry. Many faculty members are working professionals in biotechnology fields.

Montgomery College is a top ranked community college, with numerous tracks towards degrees in fields that are in high demand, in Montgomery County and around the country. The Bioscience Education Center at Montgomery College is a 145,000 sq. ft., complex representing an $87.9 million investment in STEM education and workforce development. With numerous classrooms, 25 wet lab spaces, a science learning center, and a greenhouse complex, it’s one of several Montgomery College programs directly contributing to an outstanding talent pool. 

Our Bioscience Education Center will fortify our workforce, from lab bench workers to the next generation of scientists. It will fuel our economy. It will drive new discoveries and open new vistas.

Dr. DeRionne P. Pollard, President, Montgomery College

Top 6 High Schools in the State

Looking for the highest ranking high schools in Maryland? Montgomery County is home to the top 6 in our state. High school participation in Advanced Placement classes is more than double the nation’s average. At the top ranked school, Walt Whitman, the Advanced Placement participation rate is 92%

  1. Walt Whitman High School
  2. Winston Churchill High School
  3. Poolesville High School
  4. Thomas S. Wootton High School
  5. Walter Johnson High School
  6. Richard Montgomery High School

High School Graduate Rate:  91.1%

Advantage Placement participation: 67%, more than twice as high as the national rate.