CCBC awarded $1 million to assist with job readiness training

Sep 25, 2016

The Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development awarded CCBC $1 million in federal funds to provide comprehensive educational programing and employment services to Baltimore County young adults.

“Too many employers tell us they are actively looking for workers, but often find some young adults need additional training and mentoring in order to be successful in the workplace. This substantial grant to CCBC engages one of our best educational resources to help young adults bridge the gaps and move forward with their careers,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

Candidates ages 17 to 24 who are out of school will have the opportunity to participate in a bridge program where they will explore and learn about work values, social and life barriers, industry and careers, financial literacy, conflict and anger management, problem solving, time management, job readiness and successful study skills. Eligible participants will also engage in creating individualized life plans, which may include earning a Maryland high school diploma or a continuing education workforce credential, taking credit classes and/or obtaining employment. Case managers, mentors and coaches will provide guidance throughout the program.

“We are extremely excited about this new initiative that will make a positive difference in young people’s lives,” remarked CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis. “At CCBC, we can provide these students with a whole-learning experience that will give them greater confidence in making educational, career and life choices.”

“For many years, CCBC has been a workforce engine, including innovations in our K-12 system with early college and dual enrollment,” said Will Anderson, Director of Economic and Workforce Development. “We are confident that the young people CCBC will serve will not only reach their program goals, but will benefit from exposure to college and life-long learning.”

Baltimore County awarded the $1 million grant to CCBC through a competitive selection process.

County wide orientation sessions will introduce candidates to CCBC and the college’s resources and provide an overview of new workforce programing. Program orientations begin October 18.

For more information about orientation sessions and program enrollment, contact the Community College of Baltimore County at yog@ccbcmd.edu or call 443-840-5671.