Benchmarks of Success Issue 10, May 2019

View this bulletin as a webpage

Benchmarks banner with tag

Monthly Newsletter  -  Issue 10, May 2019

The College of Southern Maryland's Adult Education Program


Students transition to construction trades pre-apprenticeship under EARN grant


The College of Southern Maryland’s (CSM) Adult Education staff is dedicated to supporting students in accomplishing their goals and encouraging them to pursue their next steps.This often includes post-secondary education or workforce training. One way to support recent graduates and GED candidates as they take the next step in their career paths is through the recent $150,000 EARN Maryland grant that CSM received from the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR).

CSM’s Construction Workforce Partnership for Southern Maryland was awarded the grant to provide full tuition assistance for 40 individuals pursuing a career in the skilled trades via CSM’s pre-apprenticeship program. This opportunity provides actual workforce curriculum and instruction that will lead to real employment opportunities. 

girl hammering

CSM’s Adult Education staff connected interested students with the EARN Maryland grant intake specialist. Most students met the program entry requirements, and with the help of EARN Maryland funds, enrolled in the pre-apprenticeship program.

To date, nine students have registered for the six prescribed construction classes and started their coursework. Recently, a student in a GED class announced he was now OSHA-10 certified. He was proud and the Adult Education staff are delighted at his success.

All students, upon completion, will have their certification in OSHA 10, flagger, confined space entry, excavation safety, and first aid, CPR and AED. They will also complete the Construction Trades Core Skills class that is necessary to continue their career development in fields such as carpentry, electricity, HVAC and plumbing.

In a population that often faces barriers to employment, the EARN Maryland grant has provided students with a chance to build skills and receive workforce training. Ultimately, local EARN Maryland partner companies will have the chance to interview and employ the newly skilled workers. This is a win-win for our students, programs, and community.



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

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


A Success Story

rusty welding

Saying Yes for Success: Upper Shore American Job Center Partners Working Together for Rusty

Rusty didn’t like going to high school very much and in his junior year he dropped out. After working a dead end job for a few years, Rusty engaged with American Job Center partners in the Upper Shore to transform his life. The Division of Rehabilitation Services, Adult Education, Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning, the Upper Shore Workforce Scholarship Office and Chesapeake College’s Perkins Career and Technology Education, and the Chesapeake College Foundation all had a role in the transformation. Read more...

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.


Benchmarks of Success Newsletters


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 - continues to develop the scorecard
    • Communications - promotes the Benchmarks statewide and educates local workforce areas on the value, implementation, and outcomes of the initiative - has developed the two-sided informational flyer
    • Policy - identifies opportunities which support the Benchmarks implementation via policy changes - is reconvening under new leadership

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


Please share your feedback!

We would love to hear from you! Please take this brief survey and let us know how we are doing with getting the word out regarding the Benchmarks of Success!

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