Business-led initiative’s workforce training programs set to launch
BALTIMORE, MD (June 2, 2014) – Today, Leonard Howie, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) announced the 28 recipients of
the 2014 EARN (Employment Advancement Right Now) Maryland Implementation Grants. The awardees were selected as the partnerships best able to meet industry-identified
workforce needs, and to train Marylanders in the skills employers demand. EARN Maryland Implementation Grant awardees represent the inaugural class of EARN Maryland
strategic industry partnerships funded under this state-funded competitive workforce and economic development grant initiative.
EARN Maryland, managed by DLLR, is a first-of-its-kind State skills training and economic development initiative that is business-led, flexible and collaborative.
EARN Maryland is designed to ensure that Maryland employers have the talent they need to compete and grow while providing targeted education and skills training to
“There is no progress without a job. By awarding today’s state-funded Implementation Grants to these selected strategic partnerships, we’re moving our State forward
and helping more Marylanders get the skills they need to qualify for Maryland’s most in-demand jobs. Working together, we’re ensuring that these EARN Implementation Grants
will provide industry-specific, state-of-the-art training for high-demand occupations,” said Governor O’Malley.
“Maryland is a great place to do business, and the Strategic Industry Partnerships being recognized today reflect a diverse, thriving economy," said Lt. Governor Anthony
Brown. "Through EARN Maryland, we're partnering with our business community to help more Marylanders get the skills and credentials they need to qualify for quality jobs,
while ensuring our companies can compete in a 21st Century, global economy."
“EARN Maryland will build on a coordinated workforce training pipeline. Collaboration is key. Partnerships can include non-profit organizations and community groups,
along with local workforce investment boards, community colleges, economic development agencies, foundations, universities and industry associations. This is a brand new
way to look at workforce training and preparing people for better employment,” said Maryland Department of Labor Secretary Leonard
“Allegany College of Maryland is proud to be named an EARN Maryland grantee and to be the lead partner in the ‘IT Center of Excellence: Preparing Rural Western Maryland
for the Future’ project. We look forward to collaborating with local businesses and economic and workforce leaders through our Information Technology Strategic Industry
Partnership. Funding through this partnership will help us to identify, reach, and support technology innovators and, ultimately, to put our area’s workforce to work and
spur economic development in our region,” said Cynthia S. Bambara, President, Allegany College of Maryland.
Implementation Grants, awarded today, will fund worker training in the skills that employers demand, from the training providers best able to meet industry-identified
The average Implementation Grant award amount is $179,302. Please see below for the complete list of grantees by industry.
The Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation protects and empowers Marylanders by safeguarding workers, protecting consumers, providing a safety net and cultivating a thriving workforce that can meet the demands of Maryland’s dynamic economy. For updates and information, follow DLLR on
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