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28 EARN Maryland Workforce Training Initiative grants awarded

Often, the only thing standing between a willing worker and employment is specialized training. But determining which skills are most needed in various industries can be a daunting task.

The EARN (Employment Advancement Right Now) program, launched by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley in 2013, seeks to address this challenge and equip Maryland organizations and business partnerships with State funding for valuable worker training programs directly tailored to industry needs.

The program continued its rollout this week as the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation announced 28 implementation grant awardees. Selected applicants received grants to plan training programs in January 2014. Finalized Strategic Industry Partnership Workforce Training Plans were submitted during the spring and reviewed for funding.

The average implementation grant award was $179,302. The two-phase process of planning grants and implementation grants was funded by the state at $4.5 million.

“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,” Governor O’Malley said in a statement.

One of the awardees was Allegany College of Maryland, which received funding to provide information technology training to rural workers.

“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,” Cynthia S. Bambara, president of Allegany College of Maryland said in a statement.

While the initiative is the first of its kind in Maryland, similar programs have succeeded in Colorado, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, and have already assisted workers in industries including aerospace, healthcare and clean energy.

DLLR issued the following implementation grant awards:

BioTechnology
Partnerships Grantee(s)
 BIOTrain

 

Biotechnology  Baltimore Strategic Industry Partnership

Montgomery College

 

Baltimore BioWorks, Inc. and BioTechnical Institute of Maryland, Inc.

 

Construction
Partnerships Grantee(s)
 Prince George’s and Charles Counties Construction Industry

 

BIM Technology for the Incumbent Worker in the Construction Industry

 

Project Jump Start Construction Industry Partnership

Finishing Trades Institute

 

 

Towson University Division of Innovation and Applied Research

 

Job Opportunities Task Force (JOTF)

 

 

Cybersecurity / IT
Partnerships Grantee(s)
 IT Center for Excellence:  Preparing Rural Western Maryland for the Future

 

Central Maryland Cyber/IT Consortium

Allegany College

 

 

Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation

 

Green Industry
Partnerships Grantee(s)
 Water and Wastewater Career Development Partnership of Central Maryland

 

Baltimore Green Strategic Industry Partnership

Maryland Environmental Service (MES)

 

 

Civic Works

Healthcare
Partnerships Grantee(s)
 Healthcare Workers RX for Employability

 

Ready to Care: An Eastern Shore Partnership to Train Healthcare Workers

 

Baltimore Healthcare Partnership

 

 

 

Southern Maryland Healthcare Industry Alliance

 

Healthcare Partnership of Prince George’s and Charles Counties

Montgomery Business Development Corporation

 

Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center

 

 

Baltimore Alliance for Careers in Healthcare (BACH) and Center for Urban Families

 

 

Tri County Council for Southern Maryland

 

Associated Black Charities

 

Health Information Technology
Partnerships Grantee(s)
 m-Health Focused Health Tech SIP

 

Health Information Technology Strategic Industry Partnership

Howard Community College

 

Community College of Baltimore County

 

Retail/ Hospitality
Partnerships Grantee(s)
 Building Employer-led Alliances for Careers in Hospitality – Eastern Shore (BEACHES)

 

Purple Line Skills Training Partnership

 

Baltimore Regional Culinary/ Hospitality Strategic Industry Partnership

Wor-Wic Community College

 

 

CASA de Maryland, Inc.

 

Humanim

 

Logistics / Transportation
Partnerships Grantee(s)
 Susquehanna Transportation and Logistics Partnership

 

Marine Trades Industry Partnership

 

Maritime Transportation & Logistics

 

Mid Maryland (MOVE) Transportation & Logistics

Cecil College

 

 

Marine Trade Association of Maryland

 

Maryland New Directions

 

Montgomery College and

Hagerstown Community College

 

Manufacturing
Partnerships Grantee(s)
 Susquehanna Manufacturing Coalition

 

Washington County Manufacturing Partnership

 

Manufacturing Workforce Partnership of Frederick County

 

Maryland Manufacturing Boot Camp

 

Maryland Offshore Wind Strategic Industry Partnership

 

 

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