White announces workforce development initiative
Baltimore County Public Schools Interim Superintendent Verletta White announced the upcoming launch of the BCPS Works initiative.
The effort, announced during the Nov. 8 Baltimore County Board of Education meeting, was developed by the BCPS leadership team in response to White’s charge to strengthen workforce development and apprenticeship opportunities for students.
“The BCPS Works initiative will focus on financial literacy, entrepreneurship, youth internships, and apprenticeships,” said White. “We will continue to partner with those in the business community to offer authentic, real-world experiences for our young people from elementary to high school.”
According to White, BCPS Works will be aligned with industry standards and fiscally responsible. The initiative will be staffed by a grant-funded coordinator and will not require any additional full-time employees in the BCPS operating budget.
“The coordinator will communicate,” White said, “between and among the BCPS offices of College and Career Readiness, Career and Technology Education, and School Counseling as well as with the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development, in support of the Apprenticeship Maryland CTE Program, which has been endorsed by Governor Hogan.”
“BCPS Works,” White said, “will be critically important to providing that ‘gift with purchase’ that we talk about – ensuring that students graduate, not only with a diploma, but also with a resume.”