Benchmarks of Success Issue 08, March 2019

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Monthly Newsletter  -  Issue 08, March 2019

Maryland Department of Labor Seeking Proposals to Help Women Impacted by the Opioid Crisis

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Funding will provide crucial workforce services to women impacted by the opioid epidemic.


The Maryland Department of Labor announced that Maryland is seeking proposals to provide workforce services to women impacted by the opioid crisis. As part of a $650,000 federal grant awarded in 2018 from the U.S. Department of Labor, funding will be awarded to organizations with a working plan to stem the tide of opioid-use disorder with a particular emphasis of serving women impacted by the opioid epidemic. Read more...


Quick Resources

Benchmarks of Success Resource Page

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Resource Page

Maryland’s State Combined Workforce Plan


2019 Newsletter Issue Dates

4/17, 5/15, 6/19, 7/17, 8/21, 9/18, 10/16, 11/20, 12/18


The American Job Center - Moving Forward Every Day

Alan Crawley

A Reflection - by Alan Crawley, Labor Exchange Administrator, DLLR

The American Job Center has taken on so many different names over the years that it is hard to remember where to start. Most job seekers and businesses affectionately refer to us as the One Stop Center, unemployment building, or the state of Maryland government. No matter how you think of us, it is important to know Maryland's American Job Centers provide a full range of assistance to job seekers and businesses (free of charge).

Today, the American Job Center is comprised of qualified workforce development professionals who come from many different partner agencies and organizations. We work in collaboration to provide employment-related services that provide both job seekers and businesses with the latest techniques to match talent with opportunity. These techniques are vital to the evolving competition process that employment brings to the table.

Often job seekers referred to the American Job Center expect us to serve as a placement agency for employment.  However, what they find inside our doors is the opportunity to concentrate on a career. There are so many programs available to support the path for individual goals.

So remember, the next time you send a job seeker or business to the American Job Center in Maryland, you prepare them for the opportunity that awaits. Our workforce development professionals are here for you to utilize. It is only fair the workforce has everything needed to be competitive in 2019.

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...?

Maryland's Latest Workforce Development Updates

Through inter-agency collaboration, the Hogan administration continues its innovative approach to offering services by providing both employers and employees with the opportunity to improve their performance and thrive in Maryland.

  • Disability Federal Resources to Support American Job Centers. Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success – Henry Ford.  U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration is pleased to highlight available resources administered across different federal agencies to help American Job Centers increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities.  Learn more...
  • Susquehanna Workforce Network stands ready to help dislocated workers.The closure of the New England Motor Freight (NEMF) terminal at 1 Center Drive in North East means the loss of 81 jobs, according to the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. Bruce England, executive director for the Susquehanna Workforce Network in Elkton, said his office is ready to help those NEMF employees find new jobs. Learn more...
  • Kent County Becomes Seventh Maryland School System to Join Growing Youth Apprenticeship Program. Governor Larry Hogan, with Acting Maryland Labor Secretary James E. Rzepkowski and Maryland State Department of Education Assistant State Superintendent Dr. Lynne Gilli, today announced that Kent County has become the seventh Maryland school system to join the growing Apprenticeship Maryland Program. Kent’s participation in the state’s youth apprenticeship program will provide opportunities for Eastern Shore high school juniors and seniors to gain valuable work experience and get an early start on a career pathway. Learn more...

  • Maryland retail, restaurant industries join national push to hire former inmates. “Hiring folks who’ve been previously incarcerated has become a movement,” said Gerald B. Grimes of the Re-Entry Center, the agency in the city’s Northwest Career Center at Mondawmin Mall that helped Arrington find work.
    Learn more...


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Benchmarks of Success Committee Updates

  • Five Benchmarks of Success committees are hard at work... 

    • 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 - met with members of the Communications Committee to discuss the scorecard
    • Communications - promotes the Benchmarks statewide and educates local workforce areas on the value, implementation, and outcomes of the initiative - is developing collateral materials
    • Policy - identifies opportunities which support the Benchmarks implementation via policy changes - will reconvene under new leadership

    ...providing strategic planning and organizational infrastructure to ensure successful implementation of the Benchmarks leadership tool.


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Benchmarks of Success Video Series

July 2018

Introductory Video

Featured Guests: Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Secretary Kelly M. Schulz; Maryland State Department of Education Superintendent of Schools Karen B. Salmon, Ph.D.; Department of Human Services Secretary Lourdes R. Padilla; and Governor's Workforce Development Board Executive Director Michael R. DiGiacomo.

August 2018

Targeted Audience: Management/Frontline Staff/Partners - Parts One, Two and Three

Featured Guest: Secretary Lourdes R. Padilla, Maryland Department of Human Services

September 2018

Targeted Audience: CEOs/Boards/Privates/Non-Profits - Parts One and Two

Featured Guest: Board Chair Louis M. Dubin, Governor's Workforce Development Board

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 - Parts One, Two and Three

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