Maryland to Receive $1 Million in Workforce Grants


Funding will improve analysis of workforce programs

BALTIMORE (November 18, 2010) - Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) Secretary Alexander M. Sanchez and Acting Assistant Secretary for Workforce Development and Adult Learning (DWDAL) Paulette Francois announced that Maryland will receive $1 million through the Workforce Data Quality Initiative in partnership with the University of Baltimore's Jacob France Institute. This grant will enable DWDAL to expand longitudinal databases of workforce data that also link to education data, facilitating research and analysis aimed at pinpointing the effectiveness of employment and training programs to better inform workforce system customers. Additionally, this grant will improve existing linkages with the educational system, allow Maryland to complete and distribute extensive longitudinal data, and develop user-friendly platforms as a means of generating performance data on both educational and workforce programs.

"This grant is an acknowledgment of the hard work that DWDAL does on behalf of all Marylanders," Secretary Sanchez said. "We will be able to integrate education data and workforce data, which will give us an even better picture of the public we serve and how to serve them better. Governor O'Malley's Skills2Compete initiative, which focuses on training and skill development to strengthen our workforce, is a prime example of our efforts in this arena."

"These grants are an important part of the administration's efforts to increase the availability and use of high-quality data," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "By developing and improving databases, states will help those seeking training make better informed decisions, all while more clearly demonstrating the link between employment and education in the long-term success of workers."

Maryland was one of thirteen states awarded a grant. Other states included Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia.

To view more information on the Workforce Data Quality Initiative grantees, visit the U.S. Department of Labor website (PDF document, download Adobe Acrobat for free).  For more information on Skills2Compete, visit the DLLR website or Skills2Compete website.