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Our mission is to seek, create, fund, and manage innovative, demand-driven workforce development programs. Programs that provide individuals with the education and skills they need to be successful in today's job market.

 
MWC was praised in a recently released national research report conducted by the Mathematica Policy Research
(Mathematica) for the US Department of Labor (DOL). In “Insights from the Recovery Act LMI [Labor Market Information] Grants,” Mathematica found MWC’s role as the administrative entity and fiscal intermediary of the MARC Green Consortium (MARC) pivotal to the consortium's success. According to the research report, Maryland, DC and Virginia all “identified the MWC and the fiscal organization of the project as a “major strength” that “improved overall efficiency.”’ Click here for a link to the reports and our press release. 
 

 
 
Veteran (Annapolis) Capital Gazette Reporter Shantee Woodards spoke with Andy yesterday about Governor O'Malley's plans to include for workforce training and infrastructure project jobs in the FY2014 budget. In addition to jobs created through capital projects, the budget will invest $2.5 million in a new Employment Advancement Right Now (EARN) program.

From the Capital Gazette article: 
Maryland Workforce Corp. CEO Andy Moser said he was pleased to learn about the new jobs and the EARN program. There have been signs of improvement since the recession, but advancements like this are still needed, he
said.
 
“There are some people out of work; it’s a competitive job market,” Moser said. "I think that we are moving in the right direction and it will be exciting to see how the whole recovery ends up transpiring over time.”


 
 
Due to effects of Sandy, the Maryland Workforce Corporation will be closed today. As an aside, the State of Maryland's offices are also closed today, and the Maryland State Highway Administration recommends that Marylanders "follow the advice - don't travel unless you absolutely have to," according to State Highway Administrator Melinda B. Peters. 

No matter where you are in the great State of Maryland, please be careful and be sure to check on your neighbors.
 

Moving ACE Forward

08/08/2012

 
Much is happening behind-the-scenes to prepare for the launch of the ACE (Accelerating Connections to Employment) Initiative this fall. From conference calls to in-person strategy meetings, the ACE planning group is working hard to coordinate this unique multi-state grant.

Funded by the US Department of Labor's Workforce Innovation Fund grant program, the ACE Initiative will utilize integrated adult basic education skills and occupational training, and wrap-around support services to prepare 1,200-1,600 jobseekers in Maryland, Connecticut, Georgia, and Texas for high-demand jobs in healthcare and other sectors. ACE will focus on serving at-risk, low-skilled populations in Austin, TX; and streamline coordination between support agencies, community colleges, employers and community-based organizations, and incorporate the teaching of basic skills, occupational skills, soft skills, and job readiness training with optional internships or clinical placements, job placement support, and long-term career navigation. 


 
 
Andy was quoted in the Capital-Gazette in the Sunday Business Section in an article by Shantee Woodards. 

From the Cap: “What (this trend) means is that you have a lot of options and folks should take advantage of them wherever they are in their own personal lives,” said Andy Moser, CEO of the nonprofit organization, which develops workforce programs. “I don’t think it means don’t have a bachelor’s degree or don’t have a goal of a baccalaureate. People should be encouraged that there are jobs out there if you don’t have your associate’s or college degree.”

Click here to access the full article.
 
 
We're delighted to celebrate our second birthday of serving Marylanders! Today, the Department of Business and Economic Development featured a piece on us. Click here for the link on DBED's site. 

MWC marks a busy first two years
By Kristin Lemmert, Public Information Officer, Maryland Workforce Corporation

On July 1, 2010, Andy Moser walked into an empty office with several boxes, a chair, a personal line of credit, a cellphone, and the idea that a nonprofit could help Maryland more effectively develop and fund programs to workforce training programs.

“In that moment, I knew what it meant to be part of a start-up, the calculated risk you take,” remembered Moser, president and CEO of the Maryland Workforce Corp.

MWC was created by the General Assembly in 2009 as a nonprofit organization that works on behalf of the state. The corporation was fully up and running the following July.

Now, two years later, MWC has landed more than $16 million in competitive grant funding for the state “that it would not have received otherwise,” Moser said. “I’m not ready to rest, however.”

One of the few State-associated workforce development 501(c)3 organizations in the country, MWC administers innovative, demand-driven workforce development programs that arm Marylanders with the education and skills they need to compete in today’s challenging job market.

“For us, it’s about developing programs that break down barriers to employment,” Moser said. “We bring together state agencies, colleges, employers, associations and organizations to develop programs that improve lives and our
economy.”

The corporation most recently worked with the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Baltimore County to develop the Accelerating Connections to Employment Initiative—a nearly $12 million project funded by the U.S. Department of Labor that combines occupational training with adult basic education coursework.

MWC has led two projects nationally recognized as “best practices” by the labor department—the Mid-Atlantic Regional Collaborative Green Consortium and Maryland’s Reemployment and Eligibility Assistance program—and has been pivotal in the development and administration of the Maryland Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training program at six community colleges.

“I keep a copy of one of our success stories on my desk. It’s about a father my age who, after lecturing his kids about going to college, decided to earn his GED and receive training in building maintenance,” said Moser. “His story
reminds me that we can always do more.”
 
 
Did you know that the Maryland Workforce Corporation (MWC) was created as an act of Maryland legislature? It's true. The bill that created MWC (HB 1526) was signed into law on May 7, 2009. 
 
 
Last month, the Maryland Workforce Corporation (MWC) proudly partnered with the Maryland Biotechnology Center (a division of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development), the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, the Maryland Association of Community Colleges, and the University System of Maryland to form the Maryland Bioscience Initiative (MBI) Consortium. The Consortium applied for $5 million in grant funds from the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration to help Maryland-based bioscience employers to identify, hire, train, retain, and advance workers. The proposal had the support of 20+ bioscience employers. 
 
 
Press Release
The Maryland Workforce Corporation (MWC) is delighted to celebrate its first anniversary. “Public-private partnerships are a new way of doing business that will help Maryland strengthen our workforce and compete and win in the new economy,” said Governor O’Malley. “I am pleased to celebrate the first successful year of the Maryland Workforce Corporation, which has allowed for the acquisition of over $4 million in federal grants that keep our economy strong and growing.”

“We’ve had an amazing start, from MWC’s creation as an act of Maryland legislature in 2009 to July 1st last year when I arrived at our headquarters with a box and chair,” explained Andy Moser, MWC’s president/CEO. “In addition to administering more than $4 million in federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grants, we’ve also served as the administrative entity for $2.9 million in state and private grants through our relationships with a variety of partners, including the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, the Maryland Higher Education Commission, the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Tri-County Council of Southern Maryland, and Abt and Associates, among others.”

According to George Maloney, chair of MWC’s Board of Directors, “The Maryland Workforce Corporation also recently concluded its first successful independent audit with no findings, a point of pride for all of us on the Board. Our goal for MWC is to create a competitive workforce that best serves Maryland’s dynamic business community, and on behalf of our Board, we’ll work to make that goal a reality.”
 
 
Press Release
Portal is the First Multi-State Labor Exchange with Geographic Interface in US History

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Collaborative’s (MARC) Green Consortium is pleased to announce that its groundbreaking Green Data for a Growing Green Economy research reports and state-of-the-art green jobs portal are now available at www.marcgreenworks.com. The MARC Green Works Jobs portal provides free, real-time job search and recruitment tools for DC, Maryland and Virginia jobseekers and employers while the Green Data for a Growing Green Economy reports give individuals from the government, education and business communities an unprecedented look at the state of the region’s green workforce. The project was funded through a $4 million competitive grant from the US Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Ten top findings of the Green Data for a Growing Green Economy include:
1.  The green economy represents an estimated $34.8 billion in terms of DC, Maryland, and Virginia’s gross regional product or GRP;
2.  8-9% of region’s employers with more than one employee have green jobs;
3.  235,600 green jobs exist in the region and that number is expected to grow by 12% in the next two years;
4.  50% of green jobs were concentrated in the construction, technical services, and education/policy sectors although green jobs were found in 300+ industries; 
5.  The greatest number of green jobs are in energy efficiency and energy conservation; 
6.  Green growth is projected in construction, professional, scientific, technical services and support, and waste management services;
7.  75% of the region’s green employers offered on-the-job training (OJT) for workers;
8.  6,500 green jobs were available at the time of the mid-2010 survey and most openings did not require a degree;
9.  Jobs requiring a BA degree or above accounted for 69% of green employment in DC, 23% in Maryland,
and 26% in Virginia; and
10. In DC, the largest gaps (shortages of trained applicants for green jobs) are in the life, physical and social science, architecture and engineering, and business and financial operations occupations while in Maryland and Virginia, the business and financial operations andcomputer and mathematical occupations are more heavily impacted. 

The MARC Green Works Jobs portal, the MARC Green Consortium project’s web component, is available at www.marcgreenworks.com. Unlike conventional job boards, the portal provides updated green and other job postings every 24 hours to ensure the quality of postings provided. Through the use of “web spidering” for jobs based on keywords, the portal delivers postings from DC, Maryland, and Virginia’s online labor exchanges as well as public and private job boards and company websites. Job seeker services include job postings, job market trends, career information, and job market exploration tools, while employer services include resume search tools. In addition, the portal provides real-time labor market data (area profile, occupation profile, industry profile, and labor market facts) to help jobseekers and employers make real-life decisions.