White an­nounces work­force de­vel­op­ment ini­tia­tive

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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.”

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