“By creating an awareness of what it takes to obtain a security clearance, Project SCOPE is helping
prepare a new generation of Maryland workers.”
~ Nancy S. Grasmick, Maryland State Superintendent of Schools
With the onslaught of thousands of new BRAC-related jobs being created in Maryland, a significant number of those jobs will need to be filled by new workers in a full spectrum of disciplines, with an emphasis on information technology, life sciences and general management, along with building trades. Most direct and indirect positions require security clearances.
In an effort to help businesses and the government fill this need, the Fort Meade Alliance debuted the first phase of Project SCOPE in 2009. Project SCOPE (Security Clearance Overview and Preparation Education) provides middle and high school students with an overview of the importance of being able to obtain security clearances in possible future careers. Local business officials from various backgrounds such as law enforcement, information technology, construction, engineering, and office management, speak directly to students to educate them on the importance of being able to qualify for a security clearance.
The second phase of Project SCOPE, which debuted in June 2011, provides a thorough understanding of the security clearance process for those who are looking for a job in Maryland — targeting 2- and 4-year college graduates and professionals re-entering the job market or changing careers. Project SCOPE College/Workforce details the process of obtaining security clearances, what types of clearances are available and necessary for different work, as well as general information to assist in the job search and interview process. Professionals in this region who have security clearances have signed on to be part of the Speakers Bureau to give job applicants the opportunity to hear from someone who has gone through the security clearance process.
For more information, go to www.project-scope.org