January 11, 2013
Karen L. Sitnick's job is jobs — helping people find them. As director of the Mayor's Office of Employment Development in Baltimore, she oversees an effort that isn't simple, even in the best of times, as residents struggle to overcome education gaps and other challenges. The recession and slow recovery have tested job seekers and their helpers alike. Baltimore's unemployment rate is averaging about 10 percent this year, better than the 12 percent in 2010 but still far above prerecession levels.
November 28, 2012
Baltimore is opening four "community job hubs" to help residents looking for employment, the city said Wednesday. The hubs, intended to supplement the city's three one-stop career centers, will offer free courses on such topics as job search techniques and resume development. Residents can also get information on in-depth training, job fairs and other employment-related activities. The hubs, some open and some about to open, are at the Academy of Success Inc., 200 S. Franklintown Road; Govans Ecumenical Development Corp., 5502 York Road; My Brother's Keeper, 4207 Frederick Road, and Southern Community Action Center, 606 Cherry Hill Road.
October 29, 2012
Fort Meade's rapid growth in the past few years has made it the state's largest employer, but getting a foot in the door — or, rather, inside the guarded fence line — can be daunting. Many of the Army installation's 56,000 jobs require a security clearance. And though it's one base, Fort Meade contains 95 employers, including the National Security Agency and the Environmental Protection Agency. When local officials held an event last week to demystify Fort Meade hiring, 300 people showed up, armed with notebooks and resumes.
October 12, 2012
Sunday, Oct. 14 Festival The Department of Recreation and Parks' annual Arts and Music Festival concludes from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Quiet Waters Park, 600 Quiet Waters Park Road in Annapolis. The event features various exhibitors offering goods in leather, pottery, textiles and other media. There will also be food, demonstrations, musical performances and antique appraisals. Admission is $6 per car per day. Free parking. Information: 410-222-1777. Monday, Oct. 15 Political forum The American Association of University Women, the League of Women Voters and the Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of Maryland are co-sponsoring a Congressional Candidates Forum from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, 611 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.
September 26, 2012
U.S. and state labor officials will cut the ribbon Thursday on a new workforce center for job seekers and employers. The Laurel Regional Workforce Center, intended to help people in Anne Arundel, Howard, Prince George's and Montgomery counties, will help workers with job searches and connect them to training. Businesses can get assistance finding employees. The center, at 312 Marshall Ave., will draw from a larger area than county workforce centers in an effort to make more connections in a region that has high levels of cross-commuting.
August 30, 2012
The Maryland Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation/DLLR is holding a Fort Meade Community Job Fair, Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Club Meade, 6600 Mapes Road, on Fort Meade. All job seekers, veterans and nonveterans, can meet prospective employers. Bring résumés and dress for success. Participants should arrive early, and anticipate lines at the installation's gate and at the job fair. Other sponsors of the job fair include Fort Meade Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation; DLLR/Anne Arundel One Stop Career Centers; Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corp.; Army Community Service; Navy Fleet and Family Support Center; and Army Career and Alumni Program.