The Maryland House of Delegates passed a jobs training bill on Tuesday, aimed at creating job training programs to help prepare the state’s workforce for jobs in high-demand fields, according to an article in Tuesday’s edition of the Baltimore Business Journal. A joint effort with Senate President Thomas V. 'Mike' Miller, the house bill is co-sponsored by Delegates John Olszewski, Keiffer Mitchell, Like Clippinger, Dereck Davis, and House Speaker Michael Busch. This legislation will create the Maryland Employment Advancement Right Now, or EARN program.
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Maryland's EARN program is designed to bring together state & local government, businesses, and nonprofits by creating a competitive grant process. These entities would compete for grant money to create workforce training programs for certain companies, or for emerging fields for which specialized training is required, such as biotech, cyber security, and advanced manufacturing. The grant will be managed by the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulations, and the goal of the EARN program is to help bridge the gap between workforce needs and the skills possessed by Maryland workers. The bill passed the senate in mid-February, and as it was a central component of his jobs agenda for 2013, it is expected that Governor O’Malley will sign the bill into law.
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