Businesses honored for helping boost employment

The Workforce Investment Board of the Susquehanna Workforce Network held its 29th annual meeting June 22 at the Minker Banquet Hall in Perryville.

The workforce initiatives spotlighted in the previous year included the "Coming Home" of the Maryland Transition Center from Fort Monmouth, N.J. The Transition Center was instrumental in assisting people transferring to Maryland due to Base Closure and Realignment. The workforce network continues to provide services to BRAC transferees through the Workforce Centers in the region. This past year there has been an increase in service delivery to businesses of 48 percent, an increase in service delivery to job seekers from 21-50 percent, based on the specific service, and an increase in services to youth by 32 percent. The Cecil County Community Impact Grant was successful in providing certificate training for Cecil County residents impacted by the Hollywood Casino at Perryville, according to a news release from the workforce network.

The Economic Competitiveness grant award received by workforce network has enabled multiple workforce development opportunities to be initiated: higher level "occupations in demand" training, on-the-job training, federal job workshop enhancements, pathway development, and the creation of a veterans consortium.

The Donald E. Thomey award is given annually to businesses that demonstrate superior contribution to the community. The two business recipients this year were American Home Energy Corporation and Alcore. The adult program participants recognized for their training and employment accomplishment are Deborah Forsythe and Kelly Welsh. Two youth program participants were acknowledged for their success in training programs funded by SWN: Margie Anton from Cecil College, Back on Track program, was awarded for her academic accomplishments (GED completion and Office Ready Program), her volunteer efforts with Season's Hospice, and her commitment in pursuing a nursing career; David Hamrick from the Harford County Public Schools, Reconnecting Youth Program, was recognized for his academic and occupational accomplishments (GED and Forklift Certification).

The featured growth industry was the Technology industry. Five companies were represented through a panel of five who provided background information on their company and discussed the skill sets "in demand" and the challenges of their industry. The companies and panel representatives were Alliant Techsystems, Jason Brady, IT Director; Bowhead Systems Management, Inc., Kevin Walls, Senior Scientist; SAIC, Diane Gray, Assistant VP, Director IT Solutions; STG, Inc., Randy Dalmas, Technical Recruiter; W.L.Gore & Associates, Mark Steimer, Operations Leader.

The Susquehanna Workforce Network, Inc. is a non-profit organization charged with the development and coordination of a workforce development system for Cecil and Harford counties. The Network operates three Workforce Centers for job seekers, provides support services to the business community and facilities the delivery of services to youth.

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