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The Work-Based Learning programs are designed to help the students bridge the gap between high school and the world of work. Students participate in supervised on-the-job training at approved community work sites. To qualify for the program, students must have completed two (2) credits in an approved Career and Technology Education program. Cooperative work experience credit is only awarded for employment-related to the career cluster in which the student is enrolled. Internships and job shadowing are two types of work-based learning in which CTE students participate.

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


Is an educational association of student members preparing for careers in business and business-related fields.”1

Maryland FBLA website.

Skills USA

Is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce.”2

Maryland Skills USA website.


Students enrolled in either Natural Resources Management or CASE 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.

Student Awards

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