County offering funding to train high-tech workers The...

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March 19, 2001

County offering funding to train high-tech workers

The Howard County Employment and Training Office has funds available in two programs to enable local employers to attract and train high-tech workers. The programs, H1B and Metrotech, are financed by the U.S. Department of Labor. Both programs are employer-driven and enable businesses to recruit, train or upgrade training for IT workers.

Columbia-based Microcosm Inc., specializing in hardware and software solutions for micro-imaging in semiconductors and biological sciences, was the first company in the Baltimore area to have had a training proposal approved under the H1B program. Enabling Technologies and Amerivault Corp., both in Columbia, have also been approved.

Howard County Employment and Training is continuing to approach employers with high-tech work force needs.

Information: Cheryl Queen, 410-313-7393.

Chamber of Commerce plans networking meeting

Howard County Chamber of Commerce will hold a Business after Business networking meeting from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. March 27 at Cool Cow Soft Serve Ice Cream Shoppe, 4900 Waterloo Road, Ellicott City.

Paul Skalny, Susan Rapaport, and Todd and Scott Arterburn will celebrate the opening of their new venture. The cost is $10 for members; $20 for nonmembers.

Information: 410-730-4111.

Entrepreneurs group seeks women for training class

Women Entrepreneurs of Baltimore Inc. offers intensive three-month business-skills training for economically disadvantaged women who have a viable business idea or a business in need of development.

Post-training business consultation, mentoring, financing strategies, community networking assistance, Internet training, government-procurement workshops and resource sharing are available to participants.

Candidates must attend a screening from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 7 to be considered for the class that begins in May. The application deadline is April 2.

Information or to request an application: 410-727-4921.

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