First Round of Workforce ONE Maryland BRAC Projects Announced


BRAC Workforce Development Projects

BALTIMORE (6-6-08) –Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Secretary Thomas E. Perez and Assistant Secretary for Workforce Development Andrew A. Moser announced the first round of Workforce ONE Maryland project grants for BRAC-related workforce development efforts.

“In Maryland, we are partnering with the federal government to ensure our state is BRAC-ready,” said Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown. “These important projects are another step in our comprehensive plan to ensure we have the adequate workforce, infrastructure and educational opportunities to support the U.S. military.”

This first round of grants will total around $400,000 and were awarded to Cecil College, Chesapeake Bay Region Technical Center of Excellence, Fort Meade Alliance, Frederick Community College and Harford County Public Schools. The funds are part of a $4 million grant awarded to DLLR last year by the U.S. Department of Labor to assist in the State’s planning and implementation of initiatives that address the workforce challenges created by the 2005 BRAC process. The majority of the $4 million will fund innovative workforce projects designed to address workforce development, training and education needs in Maryland's BRAC-impacted regions.

“We selected the best and the brightest ideas from areas impacted by BRAC across the state with the goal of ensuring Maryland is prepared for the workforce challenges ahead,” said Assistant Secretary Moser. “The five awards were made in partnership with our local Workforce Investment Boards, and there will be additional rounds of funding in the future.”

  • Fort Meade Alliance will focus on Security clearance preparation and education for 7th - 12th graders;
  • Cecil College will focus on the development and implementation of a fast-track certification program in government contracting;
  • Harford County Public Schools will focus on access to career pathways in homeland security and hands-on technology training for high school students;
  • Chesapeake Bay Region Technical Center of Excellence will focus on a BRAC-impact commuting study with recommendations for improvement; and 
    Frederick Community College will focus on a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) curriculum development and training program.

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