IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 22, 2016

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Job readiness training for young adults expands
$1 million grant to CCBC will provide educational programming, employment services

Towson, MD — Jobs are out there for young adults who have left school. But some young people have not yet mastered the work values that make them job ready.

Comprehensive educational programming and employment services will be expanded to Baltimore County young adults through $1 million in federal funds awarded by the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development to the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC).

“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 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 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 [email protected] or call 443-840-5671.  

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