JOTF E-Newsletter

February 2008

The Job Opportunities Task Force (JOTF) is pleased to bring you the latest edition of its electronic newsletter. The JOTF E-Newsletter includes news, announcements, and information about upcoming events in the Baltimore area that we hope will be of interest to you. If your organization would like to publicize an event, job announcement, or other information, please e-mail: jessica[@]jotf.org.

In this issue:

JOTF NEWS

NEW REPORT! Patching the Leaky Pipeline: Helping Low-Skill Marylanders Access & Succeed in College
JOTF in Annapolis for Session '08
JOTF Continues With its Marketing Campaign, "PastForward"

 

OTHER NEWS

City Paper, "Lax On Taxes: Little Regulation of Tax Preparers Makes Industry Prime for Fraud" (02/06/2008)
Baltimore Sun, "Motorists seeking insurance relief" (02/01/2008)

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Towson University Hosts Metropolitan Dilemmas and Solutions, "A Focus on Housing in the Baltimore Region" (03/05/2008)
Greater Homewood Community Corporation Holds 7th Annual Scrabble Fundraiser for Literacy (04/05/2008)

 

OPPORTUNITIES

Open Society Institute–Baltimore Announces a Call for Applicants: 2008 Baltimore Community Fellowships (03/14/2008)
Greater Homewood Community Corporation Announces Registration for Adult Basic Education and ESOL Classes (03/31-04/01/2008)
Open Society Institute–Baltimore Call for Proposals: Closing the Addiction Treatment Gap (04/11/2008)
Primo Electric Company / Primenet Inc Job Opportunities

 

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JOTF NEWS

NEW REPORT! Patching the Leaky Pipeline: Helping Low-Skill Marylanders Access & Succeed in College

Although Maryland has one of the nation’s highest proportions of residents with college degrees, the reality is that many students in the state struggle to make it through the education system and gain the academic skills needed to compete in today’s knowledge-based economy.

A new issue brief from the Job Opportunities Task Force (JOTF) documents the challenges facing the large number of Marylanders who either drop out or fail to make a smooth transition from one academic level to the next. The report finds that more than half of all Marylanders in their prime working years—1.3 million local adults—lack a college degree, a basic credential for many good-paying jobs.

The issue brief highlights key problems facing many Maryland students, including affordability, difficultly completing developmental coursework, and the need for student supports. It also offers a series of recommendations for moving students of all backgrounds more smoothly through the post-secondary system and into the workforce.

For more information, or to request a hard copy of the issue brief, contact Andrea Payne at 410-234-8303.

Download JOTF's January 2008 Issue Brief: "Patching the Leaky Pipeline: Helping Low-Skill Marylanders Access & Succeed in College" in PDF format.

(Document is in PDF format.)

 

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JOTF in Annapolis for Session '08

The 2008 session of the Maryland General Assembly is currently underway. Click here to view JOTF's public policy agenda.

If you would like to receive JOTF's weekly public policy updates, please contact Melissa Broome at 410-234-8046.

 

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JOTF Continues With its Marketing Campaign, "PastForward"

PastForward, JOTF's new marketing campaign, is designed to encourage employers to hire individuals with criminal backgrounds.

The campaign materials tell stories of real, hardworking Marylanders who have moved past their criminal record to become outstanding employees and productive members of our community. As part of the campaign, we have produced a 12-minute documentary style film that features success stories of ex-offenders, employers, and public officials. Film clips and additional resource information can be viewed at www.pastforwardmd.org.

Working together, we can open new employment possibilities for people who have made a mistake in their life and who are committed to getting a job and changing their life for the better.

The PastForward campaign has been made possible by a grant from the Open Society Institute - Baltimore.

 

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OTHER NEWS

City Paper, "Lax On Taxes: Little Regulation of Tax Preparers Makes Industry Prime For Fraud" (02/06/2008)

Edward Ericson Jr., writing for the Baltimore City Paper, uncovers the industry of unregulated income-tax preparers in Baltimore making unsecured loans to people with very little money.

Read "Lax On Taxes: Little Regulation of Tax Preparers Makes Industry Prime For Fraud" (02/06/2008)

 

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Baltimore Sun, "Motorists seeking insurance relief" (02/01/2008)

Laura Smitherman, of the Baltimore Sun, reports that whilst motorists are seeking insurance relief, lawmakers are working to pass legislation to lower costs for Maryland Automobile Insurance Fund (MAIF) customers.

Read "Motorists seeking insurance relief" (02/01/2008)

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Towson University Hosts Metropolitan Dilemmas and Solutions, "A Focus on Housing in the Baltimore Region" (03/05/2008)

Metropolitan Dilemmas and Solutions provides an educational, strategic and networking opportunity for a variety of entities including community organizations, non-profits, developers, and a host of others that deal with issues of housing in the Baltimore region.

On Wednesday, March 5th, 2008, from 10.00 a.m to 3.30 p.m., community organizers, activists, politicians, foundations and academics will bring their expertise on housing issues in the Baltimore Region to Towson University for Metropolitan Dilemmas and Solutions.

Click here for more information and registration details for an educational and strategic experience on where and how we live. Registration is free.

 

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Greater Homewood Community Corporation Holds 7th Annual Scrabble Fundraiser for Literacy (04/05/2008)

Play one of America’s most popular games for a good cause at the Seventh Annual Scrabble® Fundraiser for Literacy on Saturday, April 5 at Calvert School, 4300 N. Charles Street, Baltimore at 6 p.m.

Entry is $30 ($20 for students with ID and seniors aged 62 and over). Proceeds will benefit adult literacy and ESOL classes at the Greater Homewood Community Corporation (GHCC).

Games will be offered at both “competitive” and “social” levels. Winners will receive prizes from local retailers and restaurants. Food, refreshments, and free parking are available for all participants.

The Greater Homewood Adult Literacy & ESOL Program annually provides more than 300 adult learners and non-native English speakers with professionally trained and supervised tutors and instructors.

To register, make a donation, or get information about the Greater Homewood Adult Literacy & ESOL Program, please call (410) 261-3520 or contact Todd Elliott.

Help spread the word, click here for information flier.

 

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OPPORTUNITIES

Open Society Institute–Baltimore Announces a Call for Applicants: 2008 Baltimore Community Fellowships (03/14/2008)

The Baltimore Community Fellowships Program seeks dynamic activists interested in implementing projects that address pervasive social problems in underserved communities in Baltimore City. The Fellowship spans a term of 18 months, beginning fall 2008.For more information on eligibility and selection criteria, please call Pamela King at OSI-Baltimore at 410-234-1091.

The Open Society Institute-Baltimore launched the Community Fellowships program in 1998. It is now a corps of social innovators nearly 100 strong. The program seeks to improve the lives of thousands of Baltimore City residents by bringing new resources to their communities and promoting equal opportunity.

Application Deadline: March 14 by 5:00 p.m.

Click here for full press release (January 21, 2008).

 

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Greater Homewood Community Corporation Announces Registration for Adult Basic Education and ESOL Classes (03/31-04/01/2008)

The Adult Literacy and ESOL program of Greater Homewood Community Corporation is now registering students for classes in reading, writing, math, and English language instruction. For Adult Basic Education, morning and evening classes for the ten-week spring session are free of charge.

Registration for ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes will take place March 31 and April 1 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and 6:00 to 8:00 pm each day. Ten-week classes are available in the morning and evening for Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced learners. There is also an American Culture class. Beginning, Intermediate, and American Culture classes are free. The Advanced class is $150.

All classes begin the week of April 7. Students must register and be tested in order to enroll.

For more information, please contact the Adult Literacy and ESOL staff at 410-261-3524.

The Program is located at 3501 North Charles Street, in the lower level of the University Baptist Church, with off-site classes available on a limited basis.

 

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Open Society Institute–Baltimore Call for Proposals: Closing the Addiction Treatment Gap (04/11/2008)

The Open Society Institute invites proposals for its Closing the Addiction Treatment Gap initiative. The $10-million initiative is designed to increase the availability of resources for the delivery of high-quality treatment for drug and alcohol addiction for all who need it.

Grant applicants must identify a common governmental jurisdiction within which they will affect change. Partnerships at the state, county, or city level are welcome to apply. A minimum of six grants will be awarded in this call for proposals.

For more information, please call Lindsey Caruso at OSI-Baltimore at 410-234-1092, extn. 214.

Completed proposals are due to OSI no later than April 11, 2008.

Click here for full announcement (February 11, 2008).

Click here for Call for Proposal in PDF format.

(Document is in PDF format.)

 

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Primo Electric Company / Primenet Inc Job Opportunities (February 2008)

Since their founding more than 40 years ago, Primo Electric Company has promoted an environment where people take pride in their work. As a result, Primo employees enjoy challenging careers, valuable educational opportunities and a competitive wage and benefit package. All in a workplace that emphasizes teamwork, safety, commitment and mutual respect. Whether seeking an apprenticeship, laborer, journeyman, foreman, or equipment operator position, Primo Electric offers numerous career opportunities.

PrimeNet Inc specializes in helping clients define, optimize, and manage their voice, data, video, and security communication systems. At PrimeNet, pride is more than just a feeling; its a concrete attitude and philosophy that influences every aspect of their business. As a result, employees enjoy challenging careers, valuable educational opportunities (Including onsite BICSI® certification) and a competitive wage and benefits package. All in a workplace that emphasizes teamwork, safety, commitment and mutual respect.

Click here to view Primo Electric Company and Primenet Inc job opportunities as of February 26, 2008.

 

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Newsletter Editor: Jessica Traskey
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