On August 23, 2022, the FMA rounded up 16 representatives from Anne Arundel County Public Schools and four industry panel speakers to host an interactive discussion titled Enhancing Awareness of Career Pathways Presentation for Educators. What set this presentation apart was these educators lead what is known as Signature Programs at 13 different AACPS high schools.
Each Signature Program is focused on a workforce topic relevant to industry and offers students opportunities like mentoring, clubs and internships to help guide them through the process of preparing for their respective careers. The discussion was full of enthusiasm as the panel speakers dived deeper into several STEM topics, including the current workforce landscape and what educators should know when discussing future careers in cyber and IT. While educators learned more about what questions to ask students and where to direct them for the right resources, the panel also learned more about each Signature Program and the preparation the future workforce is receiving. Everyone walked away energized and more connected as new ideas to enhance career pathways were discovered.
Special thanks to our guest speakers from Northrop Grumman, National Security Agency, Anne Arundel Workforce Development and Anne Arundel Economic Development, as well as educators who attended from Annapolis High School, Arundel High School, Broadneck High School, Chesapeake High School, Crofton High School, Glen Burnie High School, Meade High School, Northeast High School, North County High School, Old Mill High School, Severna Park High School, South River High School and Southern High School.