April 2024

  • Twenty-seven (27) students from Fort Hill High School and the Career Center went to Hagerstown Community College for a visit!  Students spent the day learning about the admission process, financial aid, and a focus on STEAM educational programs.  The students were surveyed about their experience:
    100% stated that the day was a positive experience
    95% stated that the activities were useful
    Students surveyed stated that they wanted to learn more about: 
    Scholarship Opportunities
    Early Childhood Education Programs
    Art and Music Programs

March 2024

  • Student Ambassadors from Allegany County, Jensen Moreland and Alexis Heavner, visited Annapolis, Maryland and toured the House and Senate as well as sat in on a House Committee meeting. In the afternoon, they co-facilitated small groups to promote STEM Advocacy. Their workshop dove into the topic of "What is STEM?" but specifically, "What is Engineering?". Their interactive workshop allowed participating students from across the State of Maryland to learn about the different fields of engineering and focused on team building and collaboration.

    Later in the Afternoon, Alexis received the "24 Award" presented by Maryland Business Roundtable for Education. This award recognizes student leaders throughout Maryland for their academic achievement, community and school involvement and participation in MBRT College and Career-Readiness Programs.

    Next Gen

February 2024

  • On February 22, 11th Grade students at Fort Hill participated in Mock interviews with local employers. These students were inspiring how much they sought advice to make sure they were good interviewees. Even more impressive was their capability of implementing this advice after just two short interviews. The employers could see these students become more confident and able to answer questions on the spot.  
    Prior to the classroom sessions, less than 5% had a resume.  After the classroom sessions, 70% had a working resume to present to interviews.  As well as gaining confidence in their interview skills, students gained ideas for improvement on their resumes and interview skills.  
    Every student a future, every business a success.  

January 2024

  • The Next Generation Scholar Program would like to thank Carl Belt, Cumberland YMCA, and CINTAS for sharing their spaces as our students participated in our annual Career Tour.

    The goal of the Career Tour is to start preparing our students for success in the workforce   This year’s Career Tour exposed our students to careers in construction, social work, wellness, fitness, corporate, IT, accounting, and engineering.  They learned about different pathways that included straight into the workforce, apprenticeships, certifications, internships and degrees.

December 2023

  • The first of this year’s Next Generation Scholar College Visits took place at the Garrett County Workplace Development Center, as well as Garrett College Campus. 30 students got to learn about and do some hands on activities, as well as get updated on the financial aid process. Students met with admission counselors, club organizers, student tutors, financial aid representatives, and the wrestling coach. Students did some virtual welding and paramedic training.  

October 2023

  • The Next Generation Scholars Leadership Program focuses on our 4Fs Framework of future, fitness, finances, and fun. Participants learned more about the framework and the application of the principles with a trip to Potomac State College of WVU.

    The day included talking with current college students, financial aid information, mental health awareness, physical fitness as well as several group activities. Scholars from Project YES and all three high schools were able to attend and interact with each other as well as college staff and students.

    The Next Generation Leadership Program is based on the principle that each student has unique qualities that can be applied to leadership and developing those is a key to a successful future.

  • Industry DayIndustry Day is a hands-on work-based learning experience for 100 students statewide. On October 2, led by 8 of MBRT’s Student Ambassadors, attendees engaged with the McCormick team to learn about the Flavor Portfolio, while delving into session topics centering around food science but also featuring other topics such as culinary, marketing, and sensory roles within the company.  Student Ambassadors from Allegany County that participated in the event were Alexis Heavner, Ciarra Ross, and Cole Blank of Fort Hill High School.  The Student Ambassador Program is led by Amaya Carroll, a student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and supervised by Leonard Webb, Next Generation Scholar Program Coordinator, Allegany County.