(December 12, 2018) – Hagerstown Community College was recently awarded a three-year, $98,372 grant from the Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Foundation for the purpose of improving job training programs and enhancing economic development opportunities.
“We’re excited to be able to use the funds from the Fletcher grant to further support our efforts to establish Washington County as a work-ready community through ACT,” said HCC President Jim Klauber. “Working together on this initiative will benefit employees, employers, and the community.”
HCC is leading a county-wide initiative to help Washington County become part of the ACT Work Ready Communities. Through the grant, HCC plans to offer new workplace skill assessments for students, work with employers to help match available jobs to students’ skills (job profiling), conduct community outreach to grow interest in manufacturing jobs in particular, and equip a more extensive lab to meet student needs for hands-on instruction.
“The Foundation’s directors believe that WorkKeys, an innovative, educational program, will help attract new businesses to Washington County, will offer some of our residents educational opportunities which will permit them to enter a more demanding and competitive job market, and will help build a stronger and more dynamic Washington County economy,” said William P. Young, executive director of the Fletcher Foundation.
The mission of the Fletcher Foundation is to provide aid to charitable organizations in Washington County, Md., and help worthy individuals continue their education, improve their lives, and enhance the quality of life in Washington County.
For more information on ACT Work-Ready Communities effort in Washington County, visit www.hagerstowncc.edu/workkeys.