Recognition, Presentations and Assistance


In October 2005, the Fast Forward Center was presented with the prestigious Crystal Star Program Award of Excellence in Dropout Recovery, Intervention and Prevention. This annual award is distributed by the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (NDPC/N), based at Clemson University. NDPC/N is the national authoritative entity on dropout recovery and intervention programs.

In addition to receiving the national award, NDPC/N has also named the Fast Forward Center as a model program in Career and Technical Education (Research Report: Fifteen Effective Strategies for Improving Student Attendance and Truancy Prevention).

NDPC/N also has named the Fast Forward Center a model program that has “Strong Evidence of Effectiveness,” the highest distinction within the NDPC/N model program database.

The Montgomery County Out-of-School Youth Initiative/Fast Forward Center was one of twelve community programs selected to be prominently featured in an April 2006 report entitled Whatever it Takes: How Twelve Communities are Reconnecting Out-of-School Youth by the American Youth Policy Forum, located in Washington, D.C.

The Fast Forward Center was also featured in the National Education Association/Youth Development and Research Fund publication Answering the Call: Addressing the Dropout Trend.

The Criminal Justice Institute, University of Arkansas System, Safe Schools Initiative Division has highlighted the Fast Forward Center as an effective dropout prevention program.

The Fast Forward Center was a 2010 Bellwether Award Finalist. The Bellwether Award recognizes innovative and trendsetting community college programs in the areas of workforce development, planning governance and finance, and instructional programs and services. The Institute of Higher Education, which is housed in the College of Education, University of Florida, sponsors the Bellwether Award.

NDPC/N honored Michael E. Carter, former Fast Forward Center director and current Superintendent of the School & Community Partnerships division of Sinclair Community College with its 2010 Distinguished Leadership and Service Crystal Star Individual Award.

National and State Presentations

Fast Forward Center staff has presented at the following conferences and forums:

  • National Dropout Prevention Center/Network Annual Conference: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008
  • National Conference on Urban Education and Conference for Students At-Risk: 2000, 2003, 2005
  • National Forum for Black Public Administrators Annual Conference: 2006, 2010
  • State of Ohio Supporting Student Success Summit: 2008
  • Annual At-Risk Youth National Forum: 2004, 2009

Technical Assistance

The Fast Forward Center has provided guidance and technical assistance to leaders and programs from the following cities:

  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Evansville, IN
  • Jackson, MS
  • Itta Bena, MS
  • San Bernardino, CA
  • Columbus, OH
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Toledo, OH
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Monroe, GA
  • Albany, NY
  • Kennewick, WA
  • Chicago, IL