Incentives and Value Added Opportunities
The Forrest Center Technology Expo provides an opportunity for St. Mary’s County students and their families to learn about the secondary and post-secondary opportunities that are available in CTE. Primarily, eighth, ninth, and tenth grade students and their families are encouraged to attend the Tech Expo. The Expo helps students plan their course sequences and make wise career choices. Students will have an opportunity to speak with instructors, view class demonstrations, and get an overview of the many exciting opportunities that are offered at the Forrest Center.Student Organizations
FBLA “. . . is an educational association of student members preparing for careers in business and business related fields.”1
Skills USA “. . . is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled work force.”2
Students enrolled in either Natural Recourses Management or Horticulture are encouraged to join the Forrest Center FFA program. FFA is a student run organization designed to foster education in agricultural sciences. Leadership skills, an opportunity to participate in community involvement, and regional and national skill competitions are also available to students.
F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Club
The F.I.R.S.T Robotics Club is a program at the JAFTC consisting of high school students interested in the field of robotics. Students in F.I.R.S.T. Robotics are actively engaged in the science, technology, mathematics, and engineering process by designing, building, and testing full size robots. Eligible students have the opportunity to compete at local, state, and national levels. The F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Club offers educational opportunities for students interested in the areas of mechanical systems, electrical systems, pneumatic systems, CADD and 3D modeling, programming, desktop publishing, photography, and videography. Leadership training and development is also emphasized. All high school students maintaining a 2.0 GPA are eligible for membership. Meetings are held in the evenings at the Forrest Center.
Student of the Month Program – Individual programs recognize students each month for their effort and achievement.
Departmental/Program Awards – Teachers collaborate to recognize the outstanding students per program.
Dohrman Award – The Dohrman Award is the highest honor presented to students at the JAFTC and/or high schools. Students are selected based upon academic and technical merit, character, and leadership skills.
Student Club Awards – Students participating in the various clubs may earn the right to compete at the local, state, and national levels. A variety of awards is presented to students who place. These outstanding students are recognized at their home schools and the Forrest Center at the end of the school year.
Junior and Senior Exhibition – JAFTC students participate in two marquee events-- Junior Exhibition and Senior Gala. These two events provide students with an opportunity to showcase their skills and talents in a meaningful way.