Governor O’Malley Signs Innovative Workforce Creation Legislation


Bill will align adult education and correctional education with workforce development

BALTIMORE (April 24, 2008) – Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Secretary Thomas E. Perez today applauded Governor O’Malley’s signing of legislation to move oversight of adult education and correctional education to DLLR, a transfer that will ensure adult learners in Maryland have access to the services they need to improve their lives.

“This new law is about providing more services and more opportunities to more people, so that they can gain the knowledge and skills to succeed,” Secretary Perez said. “Because of Governor O’Malley’s vision for a unified and aligned system of workforce creation, we will be better equipped to ensure adult learners have access to real career pathways.”

Recognizing the value of merging adult education and workforce development, a number of states have made similar moves in recent years. Under the new law, passed as Senate Bill 203, a Transition Council will create a plan for a smooth program transfer. The Transition Council, which will include members of the House and Senate and a wide variety of stakeholders, will also help develop a new State Plan for Adult Education. 

“Aligning adult education and workforce creation under one umbrella will allow us to streamline services and give adult learners, whether they seek jobs or post-secondary education, the resources that will open doors to the future,” said Assistant Secretary of Workforce Development Andrew A. Moser. 

The Transition Council will begin its work after the bill takes effect on July 1, 2008. The Council will hold town hall meetings across the state to gain input for a State Plan. After the Transition Council has had the chance to complete its work, the programs will transfer to DLLR July 1, 2009.

Workforce creation is a top priority for the O’Malley/Brown Administration, and this new law is one of many initiatives to create a workforce system for the 21st Century. DLLR has partnered with a number of its sister agencies, including the Department of Human Resources, the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, the Department of Juvenile Services and others, to create innovative programs that provide more Marylanders with more opportunities. Governor O’Malley created a Workforce Creation Sub-Cabinet to guide those efforts. He also created the P-20 Leadership Council, which is charged with ensuring Maryland’s educational systems and outcomes are aligned with our workforce creation needs.