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Prince George's Community College Hosts Skills2Compete Launch

Photo of Hagerstown CC students with Del. John DonoghueLargo, MD (March 2, 2010) - Prince George's Community College hosted the news conference to announce the launch of Skills2Compete-Maryland, a major O'Malley-Brown initiative aimed at increasing the skills and competitiveness of Maryland's workforce.

Speakers at the news conference included Governor Martin O’Malley, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, PGCC President Dr. Charlene Dukes (shown left), GWIB Executive Director Eric Seleznow and PGCC student David Stewart-Howard.

Photo credit: Jay Baker, Governor's Press Office

Skills2Compete–MarylandOpen New Window is an initiative to align the State administration’s workforce creation efforts and to focus state agencies, community colleges, local Workforce Investment Boards, apprenticeship programs and other stakeholders on preparing more Marylanders for middle-skill jobs – those that require some training past high school but not necessarily a four-year degree.

Community Colleges Support Skills2Compete

Maryland’s sixteen community colleges applaud Governor Martin O’Malley’s decision to launch the national Skills2Compete initiative in Maryland.

We are ready and willing to help accomplish the goal of increasing the skills of Maryland’s workforce by 20% by 2012.

Jobs in the middle skills, those that require more than a high school diploma, but less than a four-year degree, make up half of Maryland’s labor market. Maryland’s community colleges are the places to go for training to meet the middle skill labor demand in Maryland.

Middle skill occupations are the backbone of Maryland’s economy. They are jobs in infrastructure and in Maryland’s economic growth and cannot be outsourced; they are jobs in health care, auto mechanics, computer technology, maintenance, and construction.

To maintain a strong economy, Maryland must invest in a skilled workforce through adult education, career and technical education, and general academic preparation, all of which are available through local community colleges.

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