Frederick Partners with Job Corps on Alternative Education

Frederick County is partnering with Job Corps to support students and families who benefit from alternative educational programs. Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) and Woodstock Job Corps -- a local branch of the National Jobs Corps program of the U.S. Department of Labor -- are collaborating to offer county students and families extended alternative education programming and support, such as in trades skills and experience, job training, and apprenticeship opportunities. https://twitter.com/fcpsmaryland/status/1597320913212493825?s=46&t=PeHFT3FK5zXfRJZ9W9Rrbg Woodstock Job Corps' website states:…

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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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Teachers to Focus on Benefits for Education Support Professionals in ’23 Legislative Session

Maryland teachers are focused on support professionals and what they are calling their "Education Support Professionals (ESP) Bill of Rights."  At the October 25 meeting of the State Board of Education, the Maryland State Education Association (MSEA) -- the state's teacher union -- testified on the issues most pressing for Maryland teachers ahead of the 2023 legislative session. MSEA has a strong presence in Annapolis and Maryland politics. At the forefront of MSEA's advocacy will be what…

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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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Can “Bike Buses” Address School Transportation and Environmental Challenges?
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Can “Bike Buses” Address School Transportation and Environmental Challenges?

One school in Oregon thinks "bike buses" -- or group bike-to-school rides -- can help ease ongoing school transportation issues, while also addressing environmental health and promoting physical activity. In Oregon, a physical education teacher launched a "bike bus" program through which students forgo vehicle transportation and bike together to and from campus one day a week. Today, the program has attracted nearly a third of his school's students, transforming how that school approaches busing, physical activity, and…

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Baltimore Co. to Use Surplus, COVID Funds for School Staff Pay Increases

Baltimore County will leverage federal COVID relief funds plus a county budget surplus to provide public school staff with a series of pay enhancements. Baltimore County Executive Johhny Olszewski and Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) recently announced a new enhanced compensation package for the more than 20,000 public school system employees. In total, the County will invest $76 million in the enhanced one-year compensation package. County Executive Olszewski and the Baltimore County Council approved a BCPS…

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Jobs are Up, But Unemployment is Up…So What’s Up?

In August, Maryland added 5,500 jobs, yet the unemployment rate jumped to 4.3%. New preliminary data released on September 16 by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that last month Maryland added 5,500 jobs, while the unemployment rate climbed to 4.3%. The BLS jobless report states: In August, 16 states had over-the-month unemployment rate increases, the largest of which were in Connecticut, Maryland, and New York (+0.4 percentage point each).…

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State Closes with $2B Surplus, School Construction to Get Boost

Maryland again closed the Fiscal Year with a revenue surplus -- this time of $2 billion -- which will in-part boost State funding of school construction and capital projects. At the September 14 meeting of the Board of Public Works (BPW), Comptroller Peter Franchot announced that Maryland has closed its books on Fiscal Year 2022 with a revenue surplus of $2 billion in its General Fund, marking the second year in a row that the State’s…

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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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Help for Teacher Vacancies: National Public, Private Partnerships Launched

Private sector leaders in Human Resources and talent recruitment are partnering with the federal government to help local school districts fill teacher and school staff vacancies. Teachers are leaving the profession at a concerning rate around the country, and hiring new education staff remains a major challenge. Combined with the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, local education agencies (LEAs) are facing a perfect storm scenario around the country. Congress and the federal government have even taken…

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