Career Development and Training in Maryland

Career Development and Training in Maryland

Career Development and Training in Maryland

The governornment of Maryland has made career development a top priority on its agenda. Getting citizens the training, education and resources needed to get people into the workplace and further skill sets is a goal of the Maryland Workforce Exchange (MWE).

The MWE was created to assist with job force re-entry and to monitor job search activity of unemployment benefit recipients. There are 34 One Stop Career Centers (OSCC) statewide that provide job search resources, resume assistance and social services. There are 10 OSCCs in the Baltimore/Annapolis area designed to assist job seekers in not only in finding substantial work, but to provide outreach necessary to keep workers employed by considering households as a whole. Multi-lingual OSCC employees help with childcare, senior resources, commuting issues and other barriers that may prevent citizens from obtaining gainful employment.

Green education and training

Because Maryland sits on the Chesapeake Bay, natural resource conservation, clean air and water programs, forest and wildlife preservation along with hundreds of other initiatives are essential.

The Chesapeake Area Consortium for Higher Education (CACHE) Institute for Environmental provides education and training for those who work as land surveyors and engineers, fish and game technicians, wastewater management personnel and other sectors committed to green and sustainable objectives.

Hospitality

The largest employment sector in Annapolis is the restaurant industry. Electronics manufacturers and air transportation services are the second and third largest employers, respectively.

Food service programs are available at Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) as well as many other educational institutions. Many restaurants offer apprenticeships because specialties such as the blue crab can only be fully appreciated when trained to prepare them properly.

IT and Electronics

The Thurgood Marshall Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI) sits just outside the border of Baltimore City in Anne Arundel. BWI is becoming an internationally acclaimed airport due to increasing direct, overseas flights.

Southwest Airways has a hub at BWI and provides training programs for ticket agents, onboard personnel and other air service positions. Northrop Grumman and other aircraft manufacturers are nearby with a need for highly-skilled engineers, electronic architects and assemblers.

There are many private technical schools in the area. Although past curriculums were geared solely toward the electronics industry, the Department of Labor and Licensing predicts the fastest growing sector through 2018 will be in information systems (IT). Therefore, course offerings are expanding to include computer and data management courses.

Baltimore and Anne Arundel community college campuses offer certificates, degreed and non-degreed adult education classes to foster the growing need for IT workers. Many corporations provide in-house training or educational reimbursement as part of their benefit packages.

Healthcare

There are 25 major colleges and universities within a 30-mile radius of Baltimore. Many are increasingly focused on advanced degrees, certifications and adult education programs to facilitate the rapidly growing healthcare sector.

With the Johns Hopkins Health System and the University of Maryland Medical System located in Baltimore, Marylanders are fortunate enough to have hands-on, clinical training widely accessible. A vast amount of private health care placement agencies, campus career centers and vocational testing offices enable employers to find matches fitting specific requirements.

Information on training, education and placement assistance can be found at maryland.gov/Working.