Nonprofit a 'lifeline' for jobless

March 01, 2009|By Tyeesha Dixon | Tyeesha Dixon,

In the wake of rising unemployment and a sagging economy, the county is encouraging unemployed Anne Arundel County residents to use the Workforce Development Corp., a career counseling, job search assistance and training service.

The corporation has six centers in the county to help residents looking for work. The centers are in Annapolis, Hanover, Glen Burnie, Fort Meade, BWI Airport and Pasadena.

Those looking for jobs can attend orientation sessions to find out about resources, access employment databases with government and private sector openings, and attend seminars on resume writing and interviewing.

"This service is a lifeline for people who suddenly find themselves out of work," County Executive John R. Leopold said. "At this time when jobs are scarce, skills taught at these centers can make a difference."

Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corp. is a nonprofit that is funded with federal grant money to provide work force and training services to county residents and businesses, according to the corporation.

From July 2007 to June 2008, the organization served more than 35,000 people, 65 percent of whom found jobs, according to the corporation.

With the rising jobless rate, the corporation has seen an influx of people looking for help. The current unemployment rate in the county is 4.8 percent, said Kirkland Miller, president and chief executive of Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corp..

During the past year, the corporation has seen a 43 percent increase in the number of registrants, Miller said. It serves an average of 2,500 people a month, he said.

"Our mission is to help people get back to work," Miller said.

The corporation offers seven distinct programs: the Workforce Investment Act programs, which help people find jobs and occupational training; Youth Programs, including a dropout prevention program at North County High School and summer pre-apprenticeship program; JobsWork!.Arundel, an intensive, job-search assistance service for public assistance recipients; Re-entry Program for inmates; Senior Aide Program for those 55 and older; Veterans Program; and Business Services Program. Special programs also exist for laid-off workers raising a family.

Miller said that despite the economy, there are still job openings in the county.

For more information about the corporation, visit or call 410-987-3890.

one-stop centers

* Annapolis: Community Resource Center, 80 West St., Suite A


* Arundel Mills (Hanover): Sales and Service Training Center

Arundel Mills mall

7000 Arundel Mills Circle


* Glen Burnie: One-Stop Career Center

7480 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Suite 100,


* BWI Airport: One-Stop Career Center

P.O. Box 46024


* Fort Meade: Outreach Center

(Must have military ID)

Building 4432


* Pasadena: Freetown Village Center


7831 Huff Ct.


Source: Anne Arundel County Workforce Development Corp.

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