Paulette Francois to Lead Maryland's Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning


(BALTIMORE, 9/2/10) - Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) Secretary Alexander M. Sanchez announced today that Paulette L. Francois will serve as Acting Assistant Secretary for the Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning (DWDAL). She takes over for Eric Seleznow, who has accepted a position with a public policy firm in Washington, D.C.

"We are thrilled that Paulette has embraced this new role," Secretary Sanchez said. "She has done an excellent job of overseeing Maryland's workforce development programs and cultivating partnerships with local workforce boards. I am confident that her trademark energy and resourcefulness will lead DWDAL to even greater successes."

Ms. Francois has been Deputy Assistant Secretary since September 2009, after joining DLLR in 2007 as DWDAL's Director of Discretionary Grants. Her grants-management skills led to the acquisition of more than $20,000,000 to administer innovative workforce and training programs. Prior to joining DLLR, she served as the Director of Special Projects for the Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation (AAWDC). Ms. Francois began her career in human services with the Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services as Executive Director of the Annapolis and Glen Burnie Family Support Centers. A two-time graduate of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Ms. Francois holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Services and a Masters Degree in Education.

The Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning oversees Maryland's workforce programs, including the nationally recognized One-Stop Career Centers. DWDAL partners with local workforce agencies to match employers with job-seekers, provide training opportunities, and offer labor market analyses. Within the Division, the offices of Adult Education and Literacy Services and Correctional Education offer similar service and training to specialized populations. More information is available on the Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning home page.