Increase the Number of Marylanders Who Receive Skills Training by 20% by the End of 2018

Overall Progress

15.3 %
Progressing

Total Annual Skills Training Completions

FY 2013
42,099
Completions
FY 2009
36,513
Completions
15.3% Increase

Credit-Based Enrollments at Community Colleges

FY 2013
145,085
Enrollments
FY 2009
128,093
Enrollments
13.3% Increase

Associate's Degrees Awarded by Community Colleges

FY 2013
14,269
Degrees
FY 2009
10,371
Degrees
37.6% Increase
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Total Annual Skills Training Completions

Credit-Based Enrollments at Community Colleges

Total Skills Training Completions, FY12

Associate's Degrees Awarded by Community Colleges

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Are We Meeting Our Goals?

Reinforcing our efforts to support job growth and to better position the State to compete in the shifting global economy, the O’Malley-Brown Administration set a goal to increase the number of Marylanders who receive skills training by 20 percent by the end of 2018.  StateStat tracks progress towards this goal by analyzing the number of completions of key skills training programs throughout the state. 

In FY2013, 42,099 Maryland completed skills training programs such as apprenticeships, Associate’s Degrees, Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs in our highschools and more.  That’s a 15.3 percent increase from the 36,513 completions in FY2009.  Our community colleges continue to lead our progress increasing the number of Associate’s Degrees awarded from just 10,371 in FY2009 to 14,269 in FY2013- a 38% increase.  We also made significant progress last year training TANF customers to find jobs.  In FY2013, more than 12,000 TANF customers enrolled in occupational skills training up from less than 4,200 in FY2012. 

Actions Taken Towards Goal

  •  In 2013, the O’Malley-Brown Administration proposed and the General Assembly passed the 4.5 M Employment Advancement Right Now (EARN) Act.  EARN is an innovative, industry-led skills training program designed to close the gaps between the needs of Maryland’s employers and the skills of Maryland’s workforce.  EARN will be implemented in two phases: (1) a Planning Grant phase and (2) an Implementation Grant phase.  Planning Grants are intended to provide seed funding to help partnerships form and develop the best possible Strategic Industry Partnership plans that are required under the law. 
  • 68 skills training partnerships applied for the inaugural round of EARN Planning Grants last year.  On December 30th, DLLR awarded the first 29 EARN Planning Grants to partnerships throughout the state.  Proposals fo rthe inaugural EARN Implementation Grants were due March 30th and will be awarded in May.  Partnerships can work collaboratively through DLLR’s innovative EARN Connect website on their proposals. 
  • DLLR hosts the innovative Maryland Workforce Exchange (MWE) to connect job seekers to jobs in Maryland.  
  • In 2010, the O’Malley-Brown Administration and the Department of Information Technology drastically improved the Maryland Workforce Exchange with a new feature that harnesses the use of web “spidering technology” to aggregate every job search website, every employer website and every job posting in Maryland to create a real-time, web-based, one-stop shop for Maryland job seekers.  The MWE now identifies every advertised Maryland job in real-time by industry.  Job seekers can also see which industries in the state are hiring the most and identify ways to get training to break into these in-demand fields. 
  • DLLR hosts One-Stop Career Centers in each of Maryland’s counties and Baltimore City to helping both job seekers and employers meet their needs free of charge.  The O’Malley-Brown Administration has opened two new One-Stop Career Centers throughout the state since 2007 bringing our total to 33 Centers. Last fiscal year, over 195,000 Marylanders received workforce services through the State's One-Stop Career System up from 126,000 in FY07.
  • In 2010, Maryland won a $5.8 M Green Job Training Grant to prepare more than 1,500 Marylanders for green jobs in manufacturing, construction, environmental technology and solar energy.
  • Through record investments in Maryland’s schools and initiatives like the O’Malley-Brown Administration’s Early College Innovation Fund, we have increased the number of Maryland students completing Career and Technical Education programs with college credit, credentials or a license by 38% since FY2009.

How Can I Get Involved?

  • Find a One-Stop Career Center in your area and explore your career options.
  • Register with the Maryland Workforce Exchange to get real-time information about available jobs and skills training program near you.
  • Interested in expanding your skillset or launching a new career? Visit Maryland Skills2Compete to learn about which industries are hiring and you can get trained for those in-demand careers.
  • Ready to take your GED and move your career to the next level? Find a GED prep course near you.
  • Want to protect our environment while earning a salary? Find a green job near you. 

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