If you haven't checked out DOL-ETA's Workforce Innovation Fund page for a while, you're in for a surprise. DOL launched a Workforce Innovation Fund Portal on Workforce3One.org earlier this month. It's visually stunning and user friendly, to boot. Kudos to the design staff at DOL-ETA. We're bookmarking this page!
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.
Registered apprenticeship (RA) programs range from one to six years in length, but what bang do you really get for your buck as an apprentice? According to a report recently released by DOL, the "bang" can equal as much as $98,718 over a 36-year career. The report featured an examination of Maryland's RA program, among others, and discussed issues unique to women RA participants. For a link to the full report, click here.
The US Department of Labor's Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) will sponsor a Small Business Vendor Outreach Sessions (VOS) tomorrow, September 19th from 9 am to Noon at 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Frances Perkins Building (Great Hall), Washington, DC 20210. Talk about your small business and learn more about potential procurement opportunities.
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
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.”
3/15/12 at 2:00 pm - Building Effective Career Pathway Systems: Tools You Can Use Click here to register for this free hour-long webinar
Don't miss this exciting second installment of ETA’s Career Pathways Webinar Series. The US Department of Labor's Office of Workforce Investment will highlight strategies and newly designed tools to build effective career pathways in states, local areas, and tribal communities. It will provide the Regional Offices, State and Local Workforce Investment Boards, One-Stop Career Center staff, education, and workforce training partners with resources and proven examples to build successful career pathways. States and tribal entities that have successfully implemented career pathways will be highlighted. Speakers include: Mary Alice McCarthy, Ph.D., Education Research Specialist, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education; Evangeline Campbell, Chief, Division of Indian and Native American Programs, Employment and Training Administration; Veronica Boone, Social Services Director, Tucson Indian Center; Kathryn Hund, Director of Workforce Education and Training, Kansas Department of Commerce and Board of Regents; and Keith Lawing, Executive Director, Workforce Alliance of South-Central Kansas. Andrala Walker, Workforce Analyst from the Employment and Training Administration, will moderate the
Do you remember your first job as a teenager? Whether you were a lifeguard at the neighborhood pool or cashier at a local grocery store, chances are that your first job did far more than finance trips to the mall or movies: it gave you a taste of the responsibility and teamwork.
Today's youth need that same experience. A chance to learn how to be part of something greater than themselves. The US Department of Labor is actively recruiting businesses and organizations to commit to being part of its Summer Jobs 2012 initiative. As part of Summer Jobs 2012, employers can make a "Pathways Pledge" by choosing at least one of the following three pathways to employment for low-income youth:
Life Skills: Provide youth work-related soft skills, such as communication, time management and teamwork, through coursework and/or experience. This includes resume writing or interview workshops and mentorship programs.
Work Skills: Provide youth insight into the world of work to prepare for employment. This includes job shadow days and internships.
Learn and Earn: Provide youth on-the-job skills in a learning environment while earning wages for their work. Interested? To learn more about this exciting youth-focused workforce initiative, click here.
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.