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 and Partners Develop Materials for Employers Who Hire People With A Criminal Background
• JOTF Co-Hosts Forum to Discuss Impact of Foreclosure on Renters
• Community Colleges, Workforce Development Providers, and Advocates Come Together to Discuss College Access and Success
• JOTF Collecting Details on Baltimore-Area Hard-Skill Training Programs
• Baltimore Sun, "Medicaid reaches more" (07/01/2008)
• Washington Post, "Senate Passes Broad War Funding Measure" (06/27/2008)
• Changes to Federal FSET Program Expand Opportunities for Low-Wage Workers
• Baltimore Examiner, "Area financial counseling nonprofits launch free hotline" (06/10/2008)
• Greater Homewood Community Corporation Registering for Adult Literacy and ESOL Classes Now! (06/17/2008)
• Mortgage Matters: Free Workshops for Struggling Baltimore Homeowners (June/July 2008)
• Mayors Office of Employment Development Seek Project Manager, Workforce Operations / ReEntry Center (06/2008)
• St Vincent de Paul Seek Assistant Director of Learn to Earn Program at St. Ambrose Center (06/2008)
• Primo Electric Company / Primenet Inc Job Opportunities (May 2008)
JOTF and Partners Develop Materials for Employers Who Hire People With A Criminal Background
JOTF and its partners have developed a Guide to Employer Liability in Maryland for employers who hire people with a criminal background. This practical guide explains complex liability concerns in s simple terms, sets the record straight on several misunderstood issues, and provides easy to follow steps to minimize risk. We have also developed a Guide to Business Incentives for employers hiring people with a criminal background. This document describes how employers can obtain tax credits that can total over $5000 per employee for hiring a qualifying ex-offender as well as the federal bonding program.
For direct links to view these guides click here:
For more information, please contact Gerald Ford (410) 234-8931.
JOTF Co-Hosts Forum to Discuss Impact of Foreclosure on Renters
With foreclosure rates on the rise across the U.S., the media, state legislatures, and advocates have focused intensively on how this impacts homeowners. Less attention has been paid to the impact on renters, though there is growing anecdotal evidence that renters are being displaced when their home is foreclosed.
On June 25th, JOTF, the Baltimore CASH Campaign, and the Baltimore Homeownership Preservation Coalition co-hosted a forum to start a conversation around the issue. The event featured two Senior Researchers from the Urban Institute. Tom Kingsley and Robin Smith presented information on national trends, described challenges other communities are facing, and provided a national context for the next wave of the foreclosure crisis. Attendees discussed the status of housing policy in Maryland, and how this impacts local renters.
Click here for Tom Kingsley and Robin Smith's presentation 'Renters and the SubPrime Crisis' from the June 25th forum in PDF format.
For more information on the event, or to request a copy of the presentation, please contact Andrea Payne at 410-234-8303.
Community Colleges, Workforce Development Providers, and Advocates Come Together to Discuss College Access and Success
Over 1.3 million working-age Marylanders lack a college degree, and more education could help many of them move into high-demand, better-paying jobs. Maryland colleges strive to provide these opportunities to students from all backgrounds, but major barriers stand in the way. With high tuition and limited need-based financial aid, cost is often a gatekeeper, particularly for working adults. Students who do enroll are often under-prepared, and struggle to move past developmental coursework.
On June 17th, JOTF held a forum to discuss the workforce development role of local community colleges, and the strategies for moving students more smoothly through the education pipeline and into the workforce. Patty Keeton, Executive Director of Workforce Development at Howard Community College, provided an overview of the work done by community colleges, ranging from degree programs to contract training. Andrea Payne, Policy Analyst at JOTF,discussed the barriers facing Maryland students, as described in JOTF’s latest Issue Brief, Patching the Leaky Pipeline: Helping Low-Skill Marylanders Access & Succeed in College.
Deborah Peoples, Director of Continuing Education at Baltimore City Community College, and Donna McKusick, Dean of Developmental Education at the Community College of Baltimore County, followed with an overview of promising practices for moving students ahead—both through student supports, and non-traditional approaches to developmental education.
For more information on the event, or to request copies of the presentations, please contact Andrea Payne at 410-234-8303.
JOTF Collecting Details on Baltimore-Area Hard-Skill Training Programs
Are you a training provider in the Baltimore area? JOTF wants to learn more about what you do and who you serve!
We are working to compile details on the range of hard-skill training opportunities available to Baltimore residents. Our goal is to build an accurate, comprehensive picture of the workforce development activities happening in the area, and assemble what we find into a resource for local service providers, advocates, and residents.
To make sure your program is included in the project, please get in touch with Andrea Payne at 410-234-8303.
Baltimore Sun, "Medicaid reaches more" (07/01/2008)
Laura Smitherman of the Baltimore Sun reports on the new Medicaid expansion; one of several measures that will eventually take 100,000 Maryland residents off the uninsured rolls, according to state officials.
Read "Medicaid reaches more" (07/01/2008)
Washington Post, "Senate Passes Broad War Funding Measure" (06/27/2008)
US Senate votes to extend Unemployment Insurance benefits by an additional 13 weeks as part of a broader legislative package.
Read "Senate Passes Broad War Funding Measure" (06/27/2008)
Changes to Federal FSET Program Expand Opportunities for Low-Wage Workers
The federal Food Stamp Employment and Training Program (FSET) is designed to help Food Stamp recipients build the skills they need to advance into more stable, higher-wage jobs. As a part of Farm Bill reauthorization, Congress recently approved two changes that make FSET more effective and more accessible to low-wage working families.
First, Congress removed the cap on hours of participation. Previously, an FSET participant could complete no more than 120 hours of work and/or training over the course of a month. This restriction made it difficult for low-wage workers to take advantage of training opportunities that could help them move up the career ladder, while at the same time maintaining enough work hours to make ends meet. Congress removed this barrier by allowing workers to exceed 120 hours of participation on a voluntary basis.
Second, the program was expanded to fund job retention services. Previously, FSET funds could only be used to provide training and supports leading to work. Under the new law, service providers will be able to provide up to 90 day of follow-up job retention services.
Baltimore Examiner, "Area financial counseling nonprofits launch free hotline" (06/10/2008)
The Baltimore CASH, Maryland CASH and the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Maryland and Delaware have partnered and launched a financial counseling telephone service for anyone regardless of financial status.
Read "Area financial counseling nonprofits launch free hotline" (06/10/2008)
Greater Homewood Community Corporation Registering for Adult Literacy and ESOL Classes Now!
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. All classes begin the week of July 14. 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.
For flier information please click here for PDF format.
Mortgage Matters: Free Workshops for Struggling Baltimore Homeowners (July 2008)
With the rising cost of living, more and more people are worried about paying their mortgage. Mortgage Matters, a free community workshop presented by the Baltimore Homeownership Preservation Coalition and sponsored by Baltimore Housing, can help you or the clients you serve learn more about what to do to manage a mortgage.
At Mortgage Matters, you’ll get the straight story from professionals who are trained to help homeowners understand their mortgages. Find out what to do if you’ve already missed a mortgage payment or think you might fall behind. Learn where to go – and not go – for free individual advice, and what you need to bring when you see a housing counselor. Hear how you can improve your chances for avoiding foreclosure and what to do if foreclosure seems inevitable.
Workshops will take place in Baltimore City at Pratt Library Branches throughout the summer. Download the flier to distribute to your clients, and for a full schedule or workshops: Mortgage Matters Flier.
Mayors Office of Employment Development Seek Project Manager, Workforce Operations / ReEntry Center (06/2008)
This position performs administrative/management work at the supervisory level. Work involves managing the activities of the Re-entry Center (ReC), a comprehensive employment and training center specifically designed to assist ex-offenders in connecting to work and community. It is anticipated that approximately fifty percent of the work schedule will involve directing and managing the activities of the Re-entry Center.
The position primarily focuses on:
• identifying and securing resources to maintain and expand the services for job seekers and employers at the ReC.
• managing center operations and ensuring performance goals are set and achieved by the center
• building a network of representatives from state and local government, non-profit organizations, faith and community based organizations and private business to create a broad menu of services for ex-offenders to promote their successful transition to employment.
For full job description please click here.
St Vincent de Paul Seek Assistant Director of Learn to Earn Program at St. Ambrose Center (06/2008)
St. Vincent de Paul is an independent, faith-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people who are suffering from the effects of poverty meet their basic human needs and achieve a better future for themselves and their family.
Learn to Earn is a comprehensive workforce development program that helps both unemployed and underemployed individuals find and retain jobs. Over 300 people a year are assisted in attaining employment through the Learn to Earn program. Learn to Earn is based at the St. Ambrose Center in the Southern Park Heights community in Baltimore City. Founded in 1972, St. Ambrose Center works with the community to improve the lives of low-income individuals, families, and children. Each year, the Center reaches more than 40,000 persons with its broad scope of services.
The Learn to Earn program is seeking an Assistant Director who will be responsible for the direct oversight of the Learn to Earn program, including planning for new programs; updating current programs; and supervision of Employment Specialist, Career Development Specialist and GED and Adult Literacy staff. Also responsible to assist with the supervision and operation of St. Ambrose Center including staff, programs, volunteers, and the overall activities of the physical plant.
Qualifications: Masters degree with three years experience in workforce development. Two years of supervisory experience with experience in program planning and development and supervision; minimum of three years successful experience in working directly with persons who are materially poor and/or homeless; Excellent written and verbal communication skills; working knowledge of computers.
Other/Comments: Ability to facilitate team meetings and staff development activities; willing and able to work a flexible schedule; access to automobile, possession of a Maryland Driver’s license, works out of St. Ambrose Center at 3445 Park Heights Avenue, but some travel to other program sites, meetings etc. is required.
Compensation: Competitive salary and Benefit package
Deadline for applications:
July 11, 2008
Please click here for the St Vincent de Paul of Baltimore Employment Application in PDF format.
Please submit application, resume,
with cover letter and references by July 11, 2008 to:
Laura Spada, Ed.D.
3445 Park Heights Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21015
Primo Electric Company / Primenet Inc Job Opportunities (May 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 May 2008.
Newsletter Editor: Jessica Traskey
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