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Governor's Workforce Investment Board Releases 2010 Annual Report

 

Report highlights GWIB’s initiatives to prepare Maryland for the New Economy

BALTIMORE, MD (April 12, 2011) – The Governor’s Workforce Investment Board (GWIB) submitted its 2010 Annual Report (PDF document, 817KB, download Adobe Acrobat for free) to Governor Martin O’Malley and the Maryland General Assembly today. The report highlights the GWIB’s efforts to strengthen Maryland’s highly skilled and educated workforce to compete in the New Economy.

“Maryland has one of the nation’s most dynamic, best-educated and most-highly skilled workforces in large part because of the GWIB’s leadership,” said Maryland Labor Secretary Alexander M. Sanchez. “By forging strong partnerships with the private sector, labor, higher education and the nonprofit community, we have developed a stronger understanding of what skills employers demand and what programs we can develop to build those skills. I applaud the entire GWIB for their commitment to maintaining and enhancing Maryland’s best-in-the-nation workforce pipeline.”

“To succeed in the New Economy, workers will need education and training beyond a high school diploma. That is why GWIB is focusing great efforts on initiatives that aim to increase the marketable skills of Maryland’s workers in 2010,” said GWIB Executive Director Lynn Reed. “The launch of Skills 2 Compete Maryland in 2010, driven by Governor O’Malley’s goal to increase Maryland’s skilled workforce by 20 percent by 2012, is a win-win for Maryland’s residents and employers. The State’s residents will benefit from increased employment opportunities and earnings potential. At the same time, employers in Maryland will have access to an even higher-skilled workforce, allowing them to find the skilled workers that they need to grow and prosper in Maryland.”

In 2010, the GWIB led Maryland’s efforts to develop a workforce pipeline to fill the knowledge-based jobs that will be created in the coming years. The GWIB received several grants, including a $5.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to train Marylanders for jobs in the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries and $150,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to develop a 10-year workforce expansion blueprint to increase the primary care workforce by up to 25 percent in the next 10 years. Under the leadership and vision of the O’Malley-Brown Administration, the GWIB and the Maryland Department of Labor (DLLR) launched the Skills2Compete Maryland initiative to increase skills training to fill middle-skill jobs.

The GWIB, a division within DLLR, serves as the Governor’s principal policy-making body for workforce development. The GWIB is comprised of business leaders, cabinet secretaries, college and community college presidents, labor officials, nonprofit leaders and elected officials.

Former GWIB Executive Director Eric Seleznow left the GWIB last fall. Elisabeth Sachs, currently Interim Secretary of the Maryland Higher Education Commission, served as Interim Executive Director of the GWIB until Lynn Reed was named Executive Director in January. Ms. Reed had been the GWIB’s Deputy Director and led the Skills2Compete initiative.