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.

A recent article by the Community College Times announced the unveiling of the Department of Homeland Security's new internship program for college students, the Cyber Student Initiative. According to the article, "The initiative...is designed as an unpaid student volunteer program for current community college students and student veterans pursuing a program of study in a cybersecurity-related field." Applications are due May 3rd.
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!
Big thanks to the Maryland Department of Transportation for hosting today's Accelerating Connections to Employment (ACE) initiative's Bidder's Conference at their headquarters in Hanover, MD. The Bidder's Conference was the only opportunity for interested parties to ask questions regarding the Request for Proposal issued last week. Questions and Answers from today's conference will be posted shortly. 
The Maryland Workforce Corporation (MWC) announces the release of a Request for Proposal (RFP) for Career Navigator Technical Assistance Services for the Accelerating Connections to Employment (ACE) initiative. Check out our Competitive Opportunities page for more information.
The Maryland Workforce Corporation (MWC) announces the release of a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Cross-site Data Collection and Case Management System for the Accelerating Connections to Employment (ACE)
initiative. ACE is a multi-state initiative designed to strengthen the capacity of the public workforce system to help low-skilled individuals build basic and occupational skills and enter into a career pathway and employment by integrating basic skills, occupational training, student support services, and employment assistance. The deadline for proposal submission is 12:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) on April 4, 2013.
Over 70 education, workforce, research, and foundation professionals convened at Four Points by Sheraton at the BWI Airport for an all-day partners meeting of the Accelerating Connections to Employment (ACE) initiative. Partners from Atlanta, Georgia; Austin, Texas; New Haven, Connecticut; and Maryland were in attendance. The ACE initiative's independent third-party evaluator, ICF International, presented on ACE's randomized controlled trial (RCT) process; and MWC staff presented on the grant's administrative functions, from reimburse
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
“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.”

We're delighted to learn of the new Get Skills to Work initiative to help 15,000 veterans "translate their military experience to corresponding advanced manufacturing opportunities." The program, managed by the Manufacturing Institute, is supported by company leaders GE, Alcoa Inc., Boeing, and Lockheed Martin. Future expansion is planned to serve an additional 100,000 veterans. To learn more, visit www.GetSkillstoWork.org.
The Baltimore Sun is now accepting nominations for Marylander of the Year. To participate, please email a brief explanation of why your nominee is deserving of the Marylander of the Year honor to talkback@baltimoresun.com by Friday, November 30th. Please include "Marylander of the Year" in the subject line. For full details on the nomination program, click here.