Lt. Governor Brown Launches Enhanced Skills2Compete Web Site


Web site serves as online portal for middle skills and training opportunities

ANNAPOLIS, MD (June 30, 2010) – Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown announced today the launch of the redesigned, enhanced Web site of the Skills2Compete Maryland initiative. The Web site serves as a one-stop Internet portal providing information and resources on middle skills jobs, training programs, financial resources and fastest growing occupations that require some training beyond high school, but not a four-year degree.

“Through Governor O’Malley’s Skills2Compete initiative, we are making the critical investments in our workforce, families and businesses that will allow Maryland to remain a top competitor nationwide,” said Lt. Governor Brown. “Skills2Compete will increase post-secondary success in Maryland and enable us to capitalize on our diverse economy, brainpower and talent pool. By providing the necessary tools and resources through a comprehensive Web portal, we can continue to strengthen our workforce, empower our working families and build a brighter future for all Marylanders.”

The Skills2Compete Maryland initiative encourages all Marylanders to gain the skills and credentials necessary to obtain jobs with family-supporting wages by obtaining at least two years of education and training past high school. This can be achieved through a career or technical credential, industry certification or a two-year degree from one of the state’s community colleges.

“This new portal directly addresses the needs of students, workers and employers by providing one-click access to training and educational opportunities for rapidly growing middle-skill and high-skill careers in such fields as information technology, healthcare and green construction,” said Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) Secretary Alexander M. Sanchez. “Like the Skills2Compete Maryland effort itself, this portal assembles and organizes the resources of more than a dozen Maryland State agencies to offer information leading to stable, rewarding careers.”

Among other features, the Web site educates visitors about 20 occupations projected to be among the fastest growing in Maryland between now and 2016. The site links directly to community colleges, private career schools, approved occupational training providers and apprenticeships that provide training for those occupations. It also offers links to federal and state financial aid resources for training and skill development, including special aid available for members of the military, veterans and personnel relocating to Maryland under the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) program. The homepage feature a video welcome from Governor O’Malley and links to training-related resources at DLLR and other Maryland agencies.

“The overriding message of Skills2Compete Maryland is that a high school diploma is no longer enough,” said Eric M. Seleznow, Executive Director of the Governor’s Workforce Investment Board. “We want to help Marylanders take advantage of the State’s outstanding network of schools, workforce programs, apprenticeships, and other resources to build the skills they need for 21st century jobs.”

Governor Martin O’Malley launched Skills2Compete Maryland at Prince George’s Community College in March and set an ambitious goal to increase Maryland’s skilled workforce by 20 percent by 2012. Governor O’Malley selected Lt. Governor Brown to lead the initiative and work with the Governor’s Workforce Investment Board to ensure system alignment, promote interagency coordination and collaboration, and conduct outreach.