Tri-County Council Briefed on Workforce Development Program

The Southern Maryland Tri-County Council was briefed by consultant Mary Ann Lawrence, CEO of PowerNotes, LLC, on workforce development.

The Bay Net reports:

Workforce development efforts in Southern Maryland include Job Source offices in all three counties and a mobile van that makes appearances at many local events. The TCC Workforce Development Director Ruthy Davis introduced Lawrence and presented four examples of individuals and businesses in the area that have successfully used the programs.

Lawrence noted that with the economy improving and the unemployment rate declining, federal monies are now focusing on the harder-to-place unemployed. They include those economically and physically disadvantaged, but also professionals laid off after years in their chosen field. The latter are displaced “through no fault of their own,” Lawrence said.

The Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland is made of legislators, county commissioners and at-large members selected by each county. Lawrence said the elected officials played a big role in the workforce development effort through their financial support. She said it provided a big bang for the financial bucks.

Read The Bay Net for more information.