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
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.”