Baltimore Co Addresses Nurse Shortage Via New Work Training Program

Baltimore County is partnering with the local community college on a new innovative program to offer workforce training to economically disadvantaged residents while helping to address a national nursing shortage. Baltimore County is launching a $1.7M workforce initiative to address the shortage of nurses in area hospitals and connect residents from historically underserved communities with high-demand nursing positions. The Public Health Pathways Program is in partnership with the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center (UM SJMC) and…

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Anne Arundel to Offer Free Tuition for Dually Enrolled High Schoolers in Community College

Anne Arundel County public high school students will now have the opportunity free dual enrollment at Anne Arundel Community College. Effective immediately, eligible Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) students who participate in the dual enrollment Early College Access Program (ECAP) at Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) will no longer be charged tuition and fees. The shift supports recent changes in Maryland law through the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future (Blueprint) legislation designed to expand opportunities for…

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Frederick Historic Preservation Training Center Serves Nation, Preps Workforce
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Frederick Historic Preservation Training Center Serves Nation, Preps Workforce

Frederick County hosts an impressive Historic Preservation Training Center (HPTC) that trains the National Park Service and others in historic trades, which can help fill skills gaps in workforce and prep constituents for in-demand careers. The Historic Preservation Training Center (HPTC) located in Frederick County is dedicated to the "safe preservation and maintenance of national parks or partner facilities by demonstrating outstanding leadership, delivering quality preservation services, and developing educational courses that fulfill the competency requirements…

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Howard Launches $3.5M Complete4Success Scholarship for Community College

The Complete4Success Scholarship will cover tuition and fees, emergency needs, and training critical industries for 2,000 eligible Howard County Community College students so students can get their credits. Howard County government and Howard County Community College (HCCC) are partnering to offer a transformational scholarship program totaling $3.5 million to help community college students pay for their education and programs and ultimately complete their requirements. Included in that funding is:  $1.2M allocated to provide essential and emergency…

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Public Service Offers Path to Solve Student Debt and Worker Shortages

An expanded student loan forgiveness program can open the door to solving the student debt crisis and a shortage of public sector workers.   America faces two significant problems: a substantial balance of student debt, and a drastic shortage of workers in many public sector jobs. While these two issues appear unrelated, they may, in fact, lead to each other's solution.  The Current State of Affairs   President Biden's recent move to forgive up to $20,000 per borrower…

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Best Practices and Partnerships for Building a Diverse Public Service Workforce

Developing a diverse public service that appropriately reflects the communities it serves is a top-priority for Maryland counties. Here, we explore some best practices and potential partnerships to do so. Maryland counties -- like many across the country -- are actively and consciously working to diversify their workforce to better reflect the communities they serve. Doing so is beneficial not only to local residents, but also to improving local government services, community relations, and increased workplace…

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University of Maryland Will Pay Tuition for Low-Income, In-State Students

The University of Maryland has decided to expand financial aid programs for in-state students who have significant financial need. On October 24, University of Maryland (UMD) announced it will create the Terrapin Commitment student aid program to cover tuition and fees for all in-state, low-income Terps. The Terrapin Commitment will be a $20 million annual program that provides financial aid to students in need and will begin in January 2023. “Since day one of my…

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Here’s How Experts Suggest Schools Strengthen Career and Technical Programs

Career and Technical Education is important for workforce and economic development. Here, we explore best practices to strengthen CTE programs. County government -- as a funder and supporter of public education -- is uniquely situated to help prepare Maryland's learners for the modern workforce. Of growing importance are nontraditional educational and career pathways, like career and technical education (CTE). In fact, a survey published in May 2022 by ECMC Group, a nonprofit corporation focused on higher education financial assistance,…

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Federal Roundup: Election Protections, Clean Energy Incentives, Housing, Broadband, and More

The National Association of Counties (NACo) recently published several resources to help counties stay abreast of the latest news and notes on federal policymaking. Bipartisan Infrastructure Law NACo is constantly updating its interactive BIL funding table with funding opportunities through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Inflation Reduction Act -- Clean Energy Initiatives The Inflation Reduction Act allows counties to pursue clean energy initiatives and reduce emissions through new competitive grant programs, local resiliency investments, and clean…

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