Harford Community College helps prepare students for workforce [Letter]

A letter to The Aegis Open Forum:

Editor:

Over our 60-year history as an educational leader in Harford County, our priority has always been to stay ahead of the changing needs of the workforce. We accomplish this by monitoring labor market studies and working with our partners in the Susquehanna Workforce Network (SWN); the Maryland WorkSmart Program, a joint initiative of the Maryland Association of Community Colleges; and the Maryland State Department of Commerce, to develop programs that prepare residents for entry into the job market.

By partnering with local businesses to offer customized workforce training solutions, employers experience increased employee efficiency, productivity and knowledge. In fact, HCC has recently created a new Worksmart Response Team to ensure that employers "Hire Harford First" – as we strive to become first-choice for training and the leading partners of workforce development and economic development. We also work closely with Aberdeen Proving Ground to align our credit and certification programs to ensure that students are poised to move into future employment at APG.

Our Continuing Education Division recently added innovative certificate programs in heavy equipment operations, food science training, drone technology, landscape and grounds technology, cyber defense and entry-level engineering. We offer noncredit certifications and training in computers, health care and human services, professional development and service programs.

Our Apprenticeship Programs & Building Trades certificate programs provide training for in-demand, hands-on careers. Long-term partnerships with the Harford County Electrical Contractors Association and the Heating and Air Conditioning Contractors of Maryland contributed to the success of these programs. We've also partnered with Cecil College to offer Commercial Driver's License training in the region.

As the anchor institution for higher education in Harford County, HCC is committed to ensuring a robust and responsive economic foundation for Harford County by preparing our students for the workforce, and providing businesses with training and development options for their employees.

Dianna G. Phillips

President

Harford Community College

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