BALTIMORE (Oct. 9, 2017) – Maryland Labor Secretary Kelly M. Schulz today announced the award of more than $1.6 million in state funds to grow the Department of Labor’s Employment Advancement Right Now (EARN) Maryland program. EARN Maryland is the state’s nationally-recognized workforce solution that helps businesses cultivate the skilled workforce they need to compete while preparing Marylanders for meaningful careers.

EARN Maryland awards funding to strategic industry partnerships comprised of employers, non-profits, higher education, local workforce development boards, and local governments. The 15 partnerships announced today are comprised of more than 80 employer partners and will train nearly 600 Marylanders in in-demand careers including cybersecurity, healthcare, and construction trades.

“The partnerships funded under this recent solicitation exemplify the capacity of collaboration and partnership to effect great change in people’s lives. The work of these industry partners will lead to a more highly trained, highly skilled workforce,” said Secretary Schulz. “We are grateful to Governor Hogan for his support of this nationally recognized program and look forward to its continued success with our new partners.”

Under the governor’s leadership, the funding for this initiative has doubled, with an added $4 million for cyber and green training in FY18 and FY19. The program has nearly doubled its number of strategic industry partnerships over the last year, leading to more Marylanders going back to work and improving their skillsets.

“The Maryland Food Bank’s FoodWorks Program is proud to partner with the nationally recognized EARN program,” said Maryland Food Bank Executive Director Carmen Del Guercio. “Through FoodWorks, our students learn in-demand culinary skills by creating healthy meals for hungry Marylanders. This partnership is a win-win for our state because we’re addressing some of the root causes of hunger – lack of workforce training and job opportunities – while alleviating food insecurity.”
More than 900 employers have participated in the EARN Maryland program, which has resulted in nearly 3,000 Marylanders obtaining employment and more than 5,200 incumbent workers advancing their skills.

“EARN Maryland is a natural extension of the College of Southern Maryland’s collaboration with local employers, our workforce development partners, higher education, and DLLR to tackle specific workforce challenges,” said Dan Mosser, vice president of continuing education and workforce development at the College of Southern Maryland. “The Construction Workforce Partnership for Southern Maryland, CSM’s new EARN grant, is a two-year effort to increase the pipeline of trained professionals entering careers in the skilled trades and to improve the safety performance of our construction workforce.”
The new projects, listed below, are set to begin in October 2018 and January 2019.

PartnershipLead ApplicantRegion
Herbert J. Hoelter Vocational Training PartnershipHerbert J. Hoelter Vocational Training CenterBaltimore City
Highway to a Healthcare CareerIndependence NowPrince George’s County
FoodWorks Culinary Training ProgramMaryland Food BankBaltimore
Construction Workforce Partnership for Southern MarylandCollege of Southern MarylandSouthern Maryland
PharmaTech ConnectGoodwill Industries of the ChesapeakeBaltimore City
Global Resource for Academic & Career Excellence (GRACE)Virginia L. Grant FoundationCentral and Capital Regions
Jobs in the Transportation Industry: A Road to SuccessAnne Arundel Workforce Development CorporationAnne Arundel County
Community Health Workers Training PartnershipAsian American Center of FrederickFrederick, Montgomery, Washington Counties
Susquehanna HVACR PartnershipCecil CollegeCecil County
Montgomery Alliance for Childhood EducationMontgomery CollegeMontgomery County
Automated Facilities and Logistics Technician ProgramCommunity College of Baltimore CountyBaltimore
Maryland Cyber Skills AllianceCompTIACapital Region
Certified Cyber Analyst Operator PartnershipUMBC Training CentersCentral Region
Baltimore Cybersecurity PartnershipI’m Still Standing Community CorporationBaltimore
Advancing Careers in ITCommunity College of Baltimore CountyBaltimore

“The Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation is elated to be a recipient of EARN funding for workforce development programming in the Energy Industry,” said Walter Simmons, executive director of the Division of Workforce Services – Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation. “Employers such as Pepco, located in Prince George’s County and the Capital region, have expressed overwhelming needs for qualified and skilled workers. EARN funding will help us improve the Prince George’s County public workforce system, meet the needs of employers, and upskill disadvantaged residents in Prince George’s County.”

Get more information about EARN Maryland and to learn how to become involved with the program.