$1 mil­lion grant to CCBC will pro­vide ed­u­ca­tional pro­gram­ming, em­ploy­ment ser­vices

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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 yog@ccbcmd.edu or call 443-840-5671.

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