From Harford County government:
(Bel Air, MD) – – Over 125 students, parents, teachers and administrators attended a career and internship program to explore opportunities at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG). This was a “pilot project” hosted by Bel Air High School in partnership with the Harford County Office of Economic Development, the Susquehanna Workforce Network, and Army Alliance, Inc.
Students were presented with information about Aberdeen Proving Ground and the current jobs on Post as well as the future opportunities as it relates to the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) with the additional 8,200 positions that are a result of BRAC.
Attendees were able to meet one-on-one with the 16 APG organizations and defense contractors to learn about internships offered in their senior year and during college as well as explore various careers.
I am very appreciative of the efforts of the Office of Economic Development and all of the other sponsors of the In Your Own Backyard night,” said Bel Air High School Principal Joe Voskuhl. “This event allowed our students to learn of opportunities available to them within their own community as a result of BRAC and APG.”
APG organizations included: Army Test and Evaluation Command; Army Evaluation Center; Aberdeen Test Center; Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity; Communications and Electronics Research and Development Center; Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine; Civilian Personnel Advisory Center; Edgewood Chemical and Biological Center; Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense; and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. Unique programs at APG included the HIRED Apprentice Program and the eCYBERMISSION. Defense contractors that participated included: Battelle, Booz Allen Hamilton, R4 Technologies and SAIC.
“Our HIRED apprentice-type program is brand new to the Army community,” Chuck Rose, Aberdeen Proving Ground Morale Welfare Recreation Partnership Specialist, said. “This event provided us that window needed to show students and parents the many career opportunities available in Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation.”
Practical tips about “How to Apply for a Federal Job”, “Learning About Specific Internships” and “Security Clearances” were offered in break-out sessions for the students.
“Like many parents and grandparents, I am excited about the opportunities that BRAC has provided to my children and grandchildren to live and work in the same community where they grew up,” commented Harford County Executive David R. Craig.
Additional forums will be looked at by the sponsoring agencies to educate young people about the varied career opportunities that are close to home.
The Harford County Chamber of Commerce and the Northeastern Maryland Technology Council were also sponsors of the event.