Welcome to DWDALs New American Workforce Programs
webpagea self-help tool designed to empower New American
job seekers and Limited English Proficient (LEP) customers
alike navigate the state workforce system while getting
informed about basic local resources. Here you will find
how and where you can learn English as a Second Language
(ESL), pursue your GED® diploma, or learn about jobs
and new careers training opportunities being offered at
the 34 One Stop Centers throughout Maryland, as well as
other valuable information.
As a nation of immigrants, this country has always relied
on its foreign born population to revive its economy and
workforce system. As proclaimed in the Marylands Executive
Order 01.01.2008.18, the DWDAL-New American Program seeks
to help expedite immigrant integration into the economic
and civic life of the state. We do that by partnering
with other offices, coordinating and offering technical
assistance, training, and policy guidance to the twelve
local workforce areas. In doing so, these areas may provide
meaningful access state-wide to LEP persons and eliminate
certain barriers. Learn more about Executive
Order 01.01.2008.18 and the New
Workforce Information and Resources
Jobs and Trainings Opportunities: If you are qualified
to work, have a work permit and social security card, and
are looking for employment, or if you wish to be trained
in a new career, you should visit a One
Stop Career Center near you and ask to talk with a job
specialist. One Stop Career Centers are part of Maryland
Jobs Now, high-performing, results-oriented workforce
organizations investing in employment and training strategies,
services, and initiatives, affording Marylanders good-paying
jobs in a thriving economy. Working in partnership with
Local Workforce Investment Areas, services include matching
job seekers with employers, providing training opportunities,
and reporting on the needs and demands of the labor market.
Create your profile for businesses to consider on the Maryland
Workforce Exchange-Virtual One Stop MWE-VOS). Be sure
to provide any professional experience and college degrees
prior to entering the U.S.
We Speak your Language: All 34 One Stop Career Centers
in Maryland are equipped to assist in your native language.
Additional information is available in Spanish
or you may contact us by email.
Education & English as a Second Language Courses:
You can improve your English skills, further your education
through ESL (English as a Second Language) and GED courses.
The following links or sites contain places where you, your
relatives, or your dependents may go to learn English:
- Maryland Adult Education and Literacy Services Programs
for programs and free ESL classes for out-of-school adults
16 and older.
Community Colleges offering ESL courses.
- Adult instructional programs for those interested in
improving basic skills in reading, writing, and math,
or learning to
speak or understand the English language. Some of
the 34 One Stop Career Centers also offer free English
classes. Adults may earn a high school diploma passing
the GED® test or through the National External Diploma
Public Schools for students K-12.
- Educational institutions and nonpublic schools are registered
with the Maryland
State Department of Education (MSDE) which supervise
home instruction under regulation 05 of COMAR 13A.10.01,
- ESL courses may be offered at Maryland
Persons finishing high school prior to entering the U.S may not be required to take the GED classes because their high school diplomas
may be the direct equivalent to U.S. high school diplomas.
Important Notices & Additional Website
Selective Service Registration: Did you know that
all males 18 25 years old when entering the United
States must register with the U.S.
Office of Selective Service? Failure to register may
make you ineligible for certain benefits & workforce
programs offered at the One Stop Career Centers.
Social Security Administration: You should contact
Security Administration (SSA) office near you if you
need a new SS card, or if you become a U.S. citizen through
the process of naturalization so they may update your file
and issue you a new card.
Equal Employment Rights: Know your equal
employment rights as an employee or job applicant. In
Maryland, A qualified person cannot be denied employment
because of Race, Color, Religion, Sex, Age, National Origin,
Marital Status, Disability, Sexual Orientation or Genetic
49B, Annotated Code of Maryland).
Consumer Rights: Visit Maryland
Attorney General Consumer Protection Division.
Green Card: Visit U.S.
Citizen and Immigration Services for questions about your Green Card, working in the US, Citizenship, or Immigration.
Business in Maryland: It's easy to start a business in Maryland. Call 410-767-6300.
Contact the DWDAL-New American Program Coordinator,
with questions or email a story on immigrants integration
(please write Immigrants Integration in the
Disclaimer: DWDAL- New American Program webpage cannot
guarantee an individual employment or training eligibility.
We hold no responsibility for the conduct of these agencies
or offices we mention.