A skilled workforce is essential to the success of Fort Meade agencies and area companies. The FMA engages in targeted, sustained and impactful efforts to build that workforce.
Security clearances are essential to many jobs in the Fort Meade Region, so the FMA created Project SCOPE to help students in middle school, high school and college, as well as transitioning workers and military veterans master the security clearance process.
The Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation’s Military Corp Career Connections (C3) is one of our allied programs. It’s a grant that provides effective employment and training assistance to military personnel transitioning out of the service. The FMA is the liaison for the State of Maryland promoting engagement by businesses to foster ideas for skills required by employers, internship opportunities and hiring. The FMA has helped establish a C3 Advisory Board made up of other military alliances, employers and workforce experts to ensure the viability of the C3 efforts.
In partnership with Georgetown University and the nonprofit Growth Sector, the FMA has brought STEM Core to the Community College of Baltimore County, Anne Arundel Community College and Howard Community College. STEM Core provides tailored curriculum, internships, special projects and personal support to students enrolled in remedial math. In California colleges, the program has cut the time it takes students to progress to calculus by half and increased their success rates by 30 fold. In addition, the program expanded to include the STEM Core Bridge, which partners Baltimore City Community College with Forest Park High School and Digital Harbor High School to prepare students for college.
The FMA hosts its signature Tech Mania event, which gives ninth-grade students hands-on exposure to technologies used by area companies, as well as the professionals who have made careers out of STEM. STEM Family Night, an extension of Tech Mania for elementary and middle school students, showcases STEM-related activities to help bolster their excitement about a future in STEM.