$3.5 million grant to fund Md. chain of career centers

November 01, 1994|By a Sun Staff Writer

The U.S. Department of Labor announced yesterday that it would give the state of Maryland $3.5 million this year to set up a chain of computerized career centers that could eventually allow job-seekers to dial into a state database of openings from their home computers.

Charles O. Middlebrooks, assistant secretary of the Maryland Department of Economic and Employment Development (DEED), said the first grant would be used to purchase a large central computer, software to run a one-stop job application system and as many as 100 terminals to be distributed among 10 career centers around the state.

He said the state hopes to win another $3.5 million from the

federal government in 1995 and 1996, and may open as many as 68 of the centers at community colleges, unemployment insurance offices and the offices of nonprofit community groups, such as the Urban League.

Eventually, he said, DEED hopes that job seekers will be able to go to the centers, sit down at a computer to fill out an unemployment insurance form, fill out a resume, review all the listed job openings in the state and check training opportunities, all in one quick session. By 1996, he said, home computer users should be able to dial in for the information.

He said the state hopes to open the first center, in Columbia, by spring of next year. By the end of next year, about six centers should be open, he said.

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