CCBC receives more than $200,000 from the Kathy and Jerry Wood Foundation for career and occupational training

Jan 22, 2015 | by Jacquie Lucy | 443.840.4668 (office) | 443.840.2482 (cell)

Baltimore County, MD - The Kathy and Jerry Wood Foundation has awarded the Community College of Baltimore County’s division of Continuing Education and Economic Development a grant of $230,568 for scholarship support in career and occupational training.

The Kathy and Jerry Wood Scholarship Fund will expand educational opportunities to students preparing for middle-skill jobs that require some training beyond high school but typically do not require a four-year degree.

According to a report by the National Skills Coalition, middle-skill jobs represent the largest share of jobs in Maryland – some 47 percent – and the largest share of future job openings. In addition to the new jobs that will be created as the economy continues to strengthen, the retirement of baby boomers is expected to keep the demand for middle-skill workers high for years to come.

Demand for some middle-skill jobs – particularly in the health care field – is projected to be as high as 29 percent through 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s Occupational Outlook Handbook (2013).

“Historically, these jobs were available to workers who simply had a high school diploma, but changes in production and increasingly sophisticated technology now require students to have more education and preparation,” said CCBC President Sandra L. Kurtinitis. “The Kathy and Jerry Wood Scholarship Fund will help provide certificate-seekers in need with scholarship support and an industry-recognized certification they can earn in a relatively short time period that will provide them with a living wage.”

CCBC plans to structure the scholarship program for students who want to pursue certificates in targeted, middle-skill jobs that are in high demand industries such as manufacturing, health care, hospitality and transportation, and provide financial support to students for fees that can impede certification completion.

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