Job training office awarded $35,000 for meeting state performance goals CARROLL COUNTY FARM/BUSINESS

January 14, 1993|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Staff Writer

Carroll County's job training office, part of the Mid-Maryland Private Industry Council, received about $35,000 in performance awards last week at the Governor's Workforce Investment Board annual awards luncheon.

The office earned the money, part of an incentive program for state job training offices, when it met a required number of performance goals set by the state, said Diane Massey, Carroll's job training administrator.

The Mid-Maryland PIC consists of the job training offices in Carroll and Howard counties.

"A lot of people are talking about people who are on welfare and what they should be doing," Ms. Massey said. "But we are dealing with people who don't want to be on welfare and want to do things for themselves.

"We are finding it is cost-effective for us to help people become taxpayers rather than tax users."

The council received $15,267 for meeting four out of six of the state's goals for the Job Training Partnership Act program, and $54,554 for meeting all four goals the state set for Project Independence, she said.

All money will be split evenly with the Howard County office, and will help replace money lost through recent county and state budget cuts, Ms. Massey said.

Carroll County's office met JTPA goals for the percentage of young adult participants still employed 13 weeks after they received a job, but did not meet the corresponding goals for job retention by adults and welfare recipients, Ms. Massey said.

The county office also met goals for the percentage of the young adults who entered JTPA and completed the program, and met minimum-wage goals for adults and welfare recipients, she said.

County Project Independence goals that were reached included a requirement that 50 percent of the people the program placed in jobs still be employed after 26 weeks, and a participation standard, Ms. Massey said.

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