Benchmarks of Success Monthly Newsletter - Issue 03, September 2018

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Monthly Newsletter  -  Issue 03, September 2018

Success Story


Cassandra becomes gainfully employed due to collaborations between government, business, community college, and non-profit

Unable to secure gainful employment, returning citizen Cassandra was unable to provide for herself and her family. Besides needing expungement services, she desperately needed assistance with childcare--a key component for retention in the workplace.  Read more...

Quick Resources

Benchmarks of Success Resource Page

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Resource Page

Maryland’s State Combined Workforce Plan

2018 Newsletter Issue Dates

   10/17, 11/21, 12/18               ____________________________

Benchmarks of Success Video - CEOs, Boards, Privates, & Non-Profits

As promised, part one of video three in the Benchmarks of Success video series is now available on the DLLR website. Featuring Governor's Workforce Development Board (GWDB) Chairman Louis Dubin, this video focuses on Benchmarks messages of interest to CEOs, boards, and private/non-profit organizations.

Parts 2 of video three will be released September 21.

Lou Dubin & Rich Reinhardt

Workforce Partners

Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation                        Maryland Department of Human Services

Maryland State Department of Education                                                Governor's Workforce Development Board

Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development                            Maryland Workforce Association

Did You Know...?

Six Benchmarks of Success committees are hard at work! Below are committee updates:

  • Executive Steering - provides strategic leadership for the rollout and implementation of the Benchmarks initiative - meets quarterly
  • WIOA Alignment - oversees and coordinates the activities of the Benchmarks committees - meets monthly
  • Data and Dashboard - creates a sustainable system supporting local areas in utilizing the Benchmarks to continuously improve the quality of their service delivery - continues to complete Strategic Goal calculations and develop dashboard design
  • Professional Development and Technical Assistance - produces, disseminates, and facilitates professional development and technical assistance programming supporting WIOA partners regarding the significance of the Benchmarks and how they can be used to drive continuous improvement - has completed a draft PD plan and draft slideshow presentation to be approved by WIOA Alignment Committee
  • Communications - promotes the Benchmarks statewide and educates local workforce areas on the value, implementation, and outcomes of the initiative - continues to follow the approved Communications Plan by releasing monthly videos and newsletters targeting specific audiences; is developing outreach collateral; has developed a slideshow presentation and plans are in the works to "apprentice" committee members to deliver the presentation at various meetings across the state; will be redesigning the Benchmarks web page layout
  • Policy - identifies opportunities which support the Benchmarks implementation via policy changes - continues to make significant progress towards finalizing the Local and Regional Planning Guidance


Maryland Department of Labor and Enoch Pratt Free Library Partner to Expand Workforce Resources at Central Library:

DLLR and the Enoch Pratt Free Library announced an expanded partnership in support of Marylanders seeking workforce services. Baltimore residents now have greater access to these services as well as in-person support from DLLR staff in the Enoch Pratt Central Library located at 400 Cathedral Street. Additionally, library staff will provide resources to customers within the American Job Centers several days a week. Read more...


Maryland Workforce Administration Develops Collateral Illustrating the Impact of Recent WIOA Legislation:

Under the recent WIOA legislation, Maryland Workforce Association members utilize Title 1 funding to deliver workforce services to adults who have barriers to employment, dislocated workers who lost their jobs through no fault of their own, and youth ages 14 to 24. Most importantly, WIOA encourages alignment and coordination of services provided by many agencies at the local level which increases efficiency.  See booklet...

Upcoming Videos

October 2018

Targeted Audience: Jobseekers/General Public                                                                                                    Featured Guest: State Superintendent Karen B. Salmon, Maryland State Department of Education 

November 2018

Targeted Audience: Employers                                                                                                                            Featured Guest: Secretary Kelly M. Schulz, Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation 

December 2018

Targeted Audience: Elected Officials - Federal, State, and Local                                                                                  Featured Guest: Secretary Kelly M. Schulz, Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation