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State Accepting Proposals to Invest in Career Pathways

Maryland to expand career pathway opportunities for adult learners

BALTIMORE (Oct. 20, 2017) – Labor Secretary Kelly M. Schulz today announced that the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation is utilizing $1,000,000 of federal workforce resources to invest in demonstration projects that support career pathway initiatives.

"This Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act funding will help set adult learners onto career paths that support them in achieving higher lifetime earnings," said Schulz. "A strong career pathway system ensures Maryland’s job seekers are offered education and skills training along with the necessary credentials to meet industry demands."

Through this competitive grant proposal, the Department is investing in Governor Hogan’s strategic vision for the state to provide an improved quality of life for all Marylanders. The state’s workforce plan envisions a workforce system committed to changing the lives of job seekers, their families, and communities.

"By investing in career pathways, the state’s local workforce agencies and partners will strengthen the link between adult education, workforce training, and our businesses," Schulz said.

With this funding opportunity, the Department of Labor seeks innovative proposals from Local Workforce Development Areas to develop demonstration projects that will increase training and employment opportunities for Marylanders who do not yet possess high school diplomas. The Department will fund demonstration projects that pilot interventions involving proven strategies, such as pre-apprenticeship training, English Language Acquisition, distance learning, bridge programming, pathways to employment for out-of-school youth, and more. Community partners and adult education providers are encouraged to partner with Local Workforce Development Areas to participate in this opportunity.

For more information about Maryland Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title I and Title II training opportunities, please visit the Maryland Department of Labor website or e-mail the Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning.

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