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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:

Partnerships Grantee(s)


Biotechnology  Baltimore Strategic Industry Partnership

Montgomery College


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


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

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.




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


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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