Mobile One-Stop Career Center Serves Upper Eastern Shore Employment & Training Needs


BALTIMORE (11-3-08) - Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Secretary Thomas E. Perez today announced that a new mobile workforce unit will help serve more Eastern Shore workers in need of employment and training services.

The Upper Shore Workforce Investment Board (USWIB) has recently acquired the mobile unit. The unit is called M-1 and is equipped with 10 computers, an internet satellite and resource information to assist Marylanders in the five upper shore counties. The new unit can transport up to five staff members to work directly with customers, matching them with the Maryland Workforce Exchange (MWE). Staff will work with clients to develop strong interview and resume skills and provide on-line job application assistance. M-1 staff will also provide GED practice testing, and placement testing for Chesapeake College.

"This new unit will offer individuals the tools they need to be successful and competitive in these tough economic times. This unit can go directly to those in rural communities that face transportation barriers and help level the playing field for all Eastern Shore residents who are looking to create a better future for themselves and their families," Secretary Perez said.

The new M-1 will be deployed for various purposes, including assisting youth as they prepare for first time jobs, traveling to rapid response events for dislocated workers, and participating in job fairs and other employment related events.

"The mobile one stop allows the Upper Shore Workforce Investment Board to provide services where services are needed," said Executive Director Dan McDermott. "We are no longer tied to our offices; we bring our offices to the community."

The Upper Shore Workforce Investment Board serves the workforce needs of residents and businesses in Kent, Queen Anne's, Caroline, Talbot and Dorchester Counties.