Carroll program to receive state spotlight 'School to Work' may be model


&TC; Carroll County's School to Work program will be presented as a model for the state during the "Maryland's Workforce Strategies for the '90s" conference in Baltimore next week.

Diane Massey, head of the county Job Training Partnership Administration, has been invited to speak about the Carroll County program, which guides "at-risk" students through high school and into employment.

Ms. Massey, along with Katherine Myers and Gayla Martin of the JTPA office, will also offer what local officials have learned during the four years the School to Work program has been used in Carroll County.

The county received a federal demonstration grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to create a program in 1989, Ms. Massey said.

"Carroll County has had a lot of experience doing it and we seem to be doing it well," she said of the program.

The conference will address the Clinton administration's and the U.S. Department of Labor's goals for work force development, and what Maryland is doing to meet those objectives, Ms. Massey said.

Legislators, JTPA officials and agencies that work with job training were invited to the conference, she said.

"We will be hearing where [the Department of Labor] wants us to go, and we'll be showing them Maryland's efforts to stay out in front of these things," Ms. Massey said. "Maryland is one of the states that has moved far ahead in addressing critical work force issues."

Conference organizers expect U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, U.S. Representative Steny H. Hoyer and Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke to speak.

State secretaries Mark Wasserman of the Department of Economic and Employment Development, Carolyn Colvin of the Department of Human Resources and Nancy S. Grasmick of the Department of Education are also expected to be present.

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