Finding a career can be intimidating because there are so many options. Therefore, the best thing we can do developmentally for our K-12 students is to expose them to the possibilities and opportunities. The more opportunities, the more students learn.

Project SCOPE

Project SCOPE (Security Clearance Overview and Preparation Education) helps future and current workforce understand and navigate the clearance process in order to ensure a strong candidate pool for positions requiring a clearance. The FMA works with member organizations to bring guest speakers to the classroom to discuss security clearances as well as career paths with students.

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Impact: One average, more than 1,000 high school students annually receive Project SCOPE content.

Tech Mania

Tech Mania is a series of presentations given to high school students to bolster interest in STEM-based careers by showcasing the technology that is being designed, built, and utilized right here in the region. Students participate in engaging, interactive presentations from FMA member organizations and get a glimpse into the cool technology and amazing career opportunities in their own backyard.

Impact: The program has reached more than 2,500 students in the Fort Meade Region.

STEM Family Night

STEM Family Night, an extension of the FMA’s signature Tech Mania event, is designed to inspire elementary and middle school students in science, technology, engineering and math. Local companies and organizations provide cutting edge technology and hands-on demonstrations to get suudents excited about the possibility of pursue studies and careers in STEM-related fields.

Impact: The two-hour event has welcomed more than 1,800 students and their parents.

Career Panels

Our industry experts provide insights and subject matter expertise to the classrooms using panel discussions or strategic planning meetings. We provide career pathway advisory to schools on the skills and certifications in demand in our region.

Impact: Leaders from FMA businesses have shared their knowledge to seven schools within Anne Arundel County and Howard County. Additional sessions are planned for 2024.


Not your typical job fair

The inaugural Career Transition Showcase debuted Thursday, April 25 at the Live! Casino and Hotel providing nearly 100 transitioning military, military spouses and recent veterans with the opportunity to interview…

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If you are interested in getting involved with these programs on a volunteer basis or by making a donation, please contact Tim O’Ferrall, General Manager at or 410.850.4940.