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Grants to to boost Maryland jobs

Posted on June 5, 2017

A new round of grants will boost Maryland jobs.

The state recently announced the nine recipients of the 2017 EARN (Employment Advancement Right Now) Maryland Implementation Grants. The awardees were selected as the partnerships best able to meet industry-identified workforce needs and train Marylanders in the skills employers demand.

EARN Maryland, which has been recognized as a national best practice for its innovation, is an industry-led program that encourages collaboration among employers, non-profits, higher education, local workforce development boards and local governments. These most recent awards include the participation of nearly 70 employers and will train more than 700 Marylanders.

“Growing this nationally-recognized, industry-led initiative is a common sense way to continue meeting our administration’s top priority of improving Maryland’s economy and putting more people to work,” said Governor Hogan. “I offer my congratulations to these new partnerships and look forward to seeing our Maryland employers grow and expand with a highly trained workforce.”

“The Governor’s investment in the EARN Maryland program demonstrates the Administration’s commitment to providing new avenues for businesses to excel while increasing opportunities for Marylanders,” said Maryland Labor Secretary Kelly M. Schulz. “The Department is committed to growing the program to ensure that Maryland is improving business outcomes by expanding the talent pipeline to continue to propel our economy forward.”

Under Governor Larry Hogan’s leadership, the funding for this initiative has doubled — with an added $4 million dollars for cyber and green training in FY18. Given this added investment in the EARN program, the initiative will solicit new proposals that seek to meet the workforce training needs of the green and cyber industries in the coming weeks. Awards provide funding to start or maintain partnerships of at least five employer partners and provide employment and training opportunities to Maryland’s workforce.

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