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Overview of the Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning

Mission:

The Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning’s mission is to ensure businesses have the skilled workforce they need to be competitive in today’s environment as well as help people get jobs by working to better serve the unemployed, jobless veterans, newly dislocated workers, trade-impacted workers, New Americans, ex-offenders, low-wage workers, and individuals with barriers to employment.

Overview:

The Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning within the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation is the State’s main workforce development entity. The Division oversees the operation of Maryland’s 32 American Job Centers located in each county of the State. At these American Job Centers, Marylanders actively participate in interview workshops as well as receive information on job training programs and résumé assistance.

The Division also oversees the functioning of Maryland’s job bank: the Maryland Workforce Exchange. The Maryland Workforce Exchange is an online site where jobseekers can upload their résumé. It is also a powerful tool for Maryland’s businesses. The website connects with popular job search sites like Monster.com. The Division also just launched its MWEJOBS Mobile App that is now available on the Apple iTunes App Store and Google Play.

Also within the Division are the Office of Adult Education and Literacy Services and the Office of Correctional Education. These programs were transferred from the Maryland State Department of Education to the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation in 2009. The Office of Adult Education oversees the administration of the GED® program and the National External Diploma Program. Both are ways in which adult learners can obtain their Maryland High School diploma. The Office of Correctional Education oversees the administration of both academic and occupational education opportunities at Maryland’s Correctional Institutions. Academic services are provided to inmates stretching from special education to high school equivalency.

Additionally, the Division oversees workforce programs for New Americans and veterans. It also oversees the processing of a number of federal and State tax credits.

Maryland’s American Job Center system, a proud partner of the American Job Center network, is an equal opportunity employer/program committed to diversity in the workplace. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, national origin, or disability. Please contact a local American Job Center to make arrangements for auxiliary aids, interpreter services, and reasonable accommodations.