(Release: April 29, 2013) - During his visit to Hagerstown over the weekend, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown made a stop at Hagerstown Community College to meet with Western Maryland workforce development representatives to discuss the new Employment Advancement Right Now (EARN) Program.
"To grow the economy in Hagerstown and across Maryland, we need to make sure our workforce is fully equipped to take on the challenges of the future," said Lt. Governor Anthony Brown. "By partnering with business to pass the EARN initiative, we're making our state more attractive for employers and creating new job opportunities in Maryland."
Maryland’s EARN Program provides funding through a competitive grant process for workforce training collaborations between businesses, local government, and non-profits. The program is managed by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation (DLLR). Gov. O’Malley has allocated $4.5 million in his fiscal year 2014 budget for the EARN Program.
“We were pleased to host Lt. Gov. Brown and area workforce development officers to further collaborate our training efforts through the EARN Program,” said Guy Altieri, HCC president. “This new legislation is very important because it directly links businesses to Maryland’s workforce and training programs, like those offered at HCC.”
Also attending the meeting were Scott Jensen, deputy secretary, DLLR; Julie Yoder, dean of continuing education and workforce development, Garrett College; Becky Ruppert, professional development, Allegany College; Theresa Shank, dean of continuing education, HCC; Mike Koch, executive director of economic development, Garrett County; Brenda Smith, executive director, The Greater Cumberland Committee; Jim Kercheval, executive director, Greater Hagerstown Committee; Leanne Mazer, executive director, Tri-County Council for Western Maryland; Andrew Sargent, downtown manager, City of Hagerstown; Pete Thomas, executive director, Western Maryland Consortium; Suzette Snyder, labor exchange administrator – Western Maryland, DLLR; Vickie Swink, senior business development representative, Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED); and Angela Thornton, workforce development specialist, DBED.
(Photo caption: HCC President Guy Altieri and Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, following the meeting.)