The Applications and Research Laboratory (ARL) is the Career and Technology High School for Howard County Public Schools. The ARL offers centralized academy programs in unique content areas with many opportunities for internships and real-world experiences. Business partnerships and advisory boards are pivotal in the success of these programs. Students from all 12 high schools and Homewood are able to enroll in programs at the ARL. Each academy is a two-year program intended for juniors and seniors and bus transportation is provided for students between their school and the ARL, allowing students to participate in all after school extracurricular activities. Students are able to use industry-standard software and technology to study material at an in-depth level and earn industry certifications and college credits while attending the ARL which helps prepare them for success in college and careers.