Through our sister organization, the FMA, we promote the learning of science, technology, engineering, math and linguistics to current students who are interested in becoming a part of the future workforce in the Fort Meade region. Our initiatives include a variety of student programming, as well as an annual scholarship program.
Project SCOPE (Security Clearance Overview and Preparation Education) helps future and current workforce understand, navigate and master the clearance process in order to ensure a strong pool for positions requiring clearance. The project, which debuted in 2009, includes education for high school students, adults in college and/or the workforce and members of the military transitioning to civilian careers. The Project SCOPE website, www.project-scope.org, provides tailored information critical to understanding and preparing for the security clearance process.
Comprised of two separate components — STEM Core Bridges and STEM Core College — this program advances remedial students to mathematical proficiency at an accelerated rate.
Over the past 10 years, the Fort Meade Alliance’s (FMA) student programs have provided more than 5,000 students with hands-on exposure to STEM-related career opportunities from several prominent businesses, federal agencies and colleges in the region. These programs draw students from across the state, including those from Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, Howard and Prince George’s Counties.
STEMOVATION supports juniors and seniors in the STEM and Bio-Medical Allied Health (BMAH) Magnet programs at AACPS. Each year, juniors in these programs complete a Community Challenge project, usually in pairs or teams. Often, these Community Challenges launch students’ senior Capstone Projects, which are heavily weighted in their grade average. There are always a handful of exceptional projects that need additional support outside of the district’s means, either through funding or direct mentorship from an industry professional.
Meade Cyber Lab
Located at Meade High School and made possible through a Local Development Council grant in partnership with Ft. Meade Alliance, the Meade Cyber Lab provides students the opportunity to use cutting edge technology to learn relevant industry skills. In its inaugurate year, the lab will provide a space for two new cybersecurity courses: Cybersecurity: Global Impact & Ethics, and Cybersecurity: Intro to Linux. This space will also provide classroom teachers the opportunity to introduce students to cybersecurity through one-hour sessions with a dedicated CS/IT educator and guest workshops from industry personnel. In following years, students may enroll in an expanding repertoire of dedicated CS/IT courses where they can earn industry certifications like IT Fundamentals and Security+, as well as college credit from Anne Arundel Community College.
To more information, please contact Justin Serota, Resource Teacher for Computer Science for Anne Arundel County Public Schools, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kenneth O. McCreedy Scholarship Fund
Each year, the Fort Meade Alliance (FMA) and the FMA Foundation select a student to receive the Kenneth O. McCreedy Scholarship. The scholarship assists Meade High School students who plan to pursue higher education in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) or linguistics. Applicants must be outstanding, well-rounded graduating high school seniors. The scholarship, which awards up to $4,000 for a bachelor’s degree program or up to $2,000 for an associate’s degree program, recognizes students for their past achievements and aids them in accomplishing their career goals.