Glendening details scholarship, job-creation plans Restructured business department proposed

October 14, 1997|By Thomas W. Waldron | Thomas W. Waldron,SUN STAFF

OCEAN CITY -- Gov. Parris N. Glendening told a Maryland business group last night he is considering a new state scholarship program for top students who major in science, engineering or computer fields.

While he offered few specifics, Glendening said the program would make grant money available to students who earn at least a B average, agree to study in specificed fields and stay in Maryland for a time after graduation.

"It is critical, as we move into the 21st century, that we ensure our colleges and universities have graduates in the fields of science, engineering, computers and technology," Glendening told a Maryland Chamber of Commerce dinner.

The governor's proposal for a scholarship program in all fields for Maryland high school graduates with a B average or better failed in the General Assembly earlier this year.

The scholarship program under consideration appears to be a scaled-down version of that proposal.

The governor also described his plans for attracting more jobs to Maryland.

The state, he said, is working on a system to provide a one-stop permit process for businesses and individuals applying for an occupational business license.

Glendening said he is also preparing to restructure the state Department of Business and Economic Development to focus more on job training.

He noted that Maryland has been climbing in the rankings of states in job creation and income.

"I believe even our biggest detractors have to say that things have changed for the better in Maryland," the governor said.

Pub Date: 10/14/97

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