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 Baltimore Strategic Industry Partnership
Baltimore BioWorks, Inc. and BioTechnical Institute of Maryland, Inc.
| 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|
| IT Center for Excellence: Preparing Rural Western Maryland for the Future
Central Maryland Cyber/IT Consortium
Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation
| Water and Wastewater Career Development Partnership of Central Maryland
Baltimore Green Strategic Industry Partnership
|Maryland Environmental Service (MES)
| 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|
| m-Health Focused Health Tech SIP
Health Information Technology Strategic Industry Partnership
|Howard Community College
Community College of Baltimore County
| 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.
|Logistics / Transportation|
| Susquehanna Transportation and Logistics Partnership
Marine Trades Industry Partnership
Maritime Transportation & Logistics
Mid Maryland (MOVE) Transportation & Logistics
Marine Trade Association of Maryland
Maryland New Directions
Montgomery College and
Hagerstown Community College
| Susquehanna Manufacturing Coalition
Washington County Manufacturing Partnership
Manufacturing Workforce Partnership of Frederick County
Maryland Manufacturing Boot Camp
Maryland Offshore Wind Strategic Industry Partnership