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Educators Welcome Project SCOPE

A total of seven guest speakers from FMA member companies recently participated in three different Project SCOPE (Security Clearance Overview and Preparation Education) presentations at UMBC Training Center, Wilde Lake High School and Hammond High School to a total of 190 attendees — and the demand doesn’t stop there! Arrangements are currently being made for member companies to also present at Howard High School, Glen Burnie High School, Marriotts Ridge High School and South River High School in upcoming weeks.

Those who attended were surprised to hear about the diverse career opportunities available from welding and carpentry to cybersecurity and healthcare. Questions ran the gamut from “How do I get to do what you do?” to “Can I intern for your company?”.

At the end of each presentation, the groups were asked what they learned with a resounding number of replies being, “I need to get a security clearance!”

Special thanks to our first round of participating member companies:, Boeing Intelligence & Analytics, Dobbs Defense Solutions, Leidos, John McBeth, Inc., Red Alpha and United States Department of Defense.

About Project SCOPE

Maryland is a hub of intelligence, technology, engineering and bioscience industries for our nation. To stay competitive, the state will need new hires for all the positions being created and for those that will be left vacant when other employees retire. Many of these positions will require applicants to obtain a security clearance.

In 2009, at the forefront of efforts to help businesses and the government fill this need, the Fort Meade Alliance debuted Project SCOPE. Originally envisioned as a way to help secondary and college students understand the good decisions they would need to make to remain eligible for security clearances, Project SCOPE has since expanded to provide transitioning workers and military and veterans with the tools they need to understand, navigate and master the security clearance process.