ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today announced that over $6.5 million in state funding has been awarded to 33 strategic industry partnerships through the Employment Advancement Right Now (EARN) Maryland program. EARN Maryland is the state’s nationally-recognized workforce initiative that helps businesses cultivate the skilled workforce they need to compete while preparing Marylanders for meaningful careers.

“As we continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is critical to keep investing in a well-trained, highly-skilled workforce in order to rebuild our economy and ensure a sustainable future,” said Governor Hogan, “Our state continues to benationally-recognized for our programs on workforce development and job training, andLabor’s EARN Maryland program will continue to lead the way and show the world that Maryland is open for business.”

EARN supports innovative and industry-led workforce development initiatives by investing in strategic industry partnerships from key economic sectors in every region. Strategic industry partnerships include employers, nonprofits, higher education, local workforce development boards, and local governments. The funding announced today will provide training to over 2,300 Marylanders for in-demand careers including cybersecurity, healthcare, and the skilled trades.

Under the Hogan administration, the funding for EARN Maryland has more than doubled, with targeted investments in cybersecurity and information technology, opportunity zones, and green jobs training. Since the program’s inception, more than 5,300 unemployed and underemployed individuals have obtained employment, and over 8,500 incumbent workers have received training. A recent study on the economic impact of EARN Maryland found that for every $1 of state funding invested, an additional $17.32 of economic impact is created. Similar programs nationwide have an average Return on Investment of $3.41.

GranteePartnership NameCounty/RegionAward Amount
Allegany CollegeIT Center for ExcellenceWestern Maryland$566,000
Anne Arundel Workforce Development CorporationBuilding an IT and Cybersecurity Talent PipelineAnne Arundel County$288,000 
Asian American Center of FrederickCommunity Health Workers PartnershipFrederick County$100,000
Baltimore Alliance for Careers in HealthcareBaltimore Healthcare PartnershipBaltimore City$200,000
Baltimore BioWorksBaltimore BioTechnology Strategic Industry PartnershipBaltimore City$150,000
Baltimore CyberAdvanced Cybersecurity Training PartnershipStatewide$300,000
Baltimore CyberIntrusion and Countermeasures Education and Training PartnershipBaltimore County$300,000
BioTechnical Institute of MarylandBaltimore BioPrepBaltimore City$150,000
ByteBackEducation Partnership for IT CareersPrince George’s County and Baltimore City$100,000
Civic WorksEnergy Efficiency Strategic Industry PartnershipBaltimore City$150,000
Civic WorksRemediation and Construction Industry PartnershipBaltimore City$150,000
College of Southern MarylandConstruction Workforce Partnership of Southern MarylandSouthern Maryland$100,000 
Community College of Baltimore CountyCybersecurity Education and Certificates PartnershipBaltimore County$92,000
CompTIAMaryland Cyber Skills AllianceStatewide$240,000
Finishing Trade InstituteArchitectural Metal and Glass InitiativePrince George’s County$150,000
Finishing Trades InstituteSuburban Maryland Construction InitiativePrince George’s County$150,000
Goodwill Industries of the ChesapeakePharmaTech ConnectBaltimore City$147,224
Hagerstown Community CollegeWestern Maryland MOVEWestern Maryland$150,000
HumanimBaltimore Regional Healthcare/Higher Education Strategic Industry PartnershipBaltimore City$149,118
Living Classrooms FoundationConstruction Skills Training PartnershipBaltimore City$150,000
Marine Trades Association of MarylandMarine Trades Industry PartnershipAnne Arundel County$159,355 
Maryland Food BankFoodWorksBaltimore City$100,000
Maryland New DirectionsMaritime Transportation Distribution and Logistics Strategic Industry PartnershipBaltimore City$150,000
Montgomery CollegeMontgomery Alliance for Early Childhood EducationMontgomery County$52,675
Montgomery CollegeMOVE MontgomeryMontgomery County$99,091
National Center for Institutions and AlternativesHerbert J. Hoelter Vocational Training CenterBaltimore City$200,000
Per ScholasPartnership for Tech Talent- BaltimoreMontgomery County$250,000
Power52Clean Energy Training PartnershipHoward County$250,000
SANS InstituteSANS Cyber Workforce AcademyStatewide$635,640
SEECMaryland Direct Support Professional ConsortiumMontgomery County$150,000
Susquehanna Workforce NetworkSusquehanna Cyber/IT PartnershipSusquehanna Region$150,000
Tech FrederickTech FrederickFrederick County$355,446
UMBC Training CentersCertified Cyber Analyst OperatorHoward County$100,000

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