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ABAG Member, Abell Foundation Says Community Colleges Must Focus Training: Baltimore's Emerging Jobs

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March 19, 2015

Baltimore Sun

Workforce analysts say more good-paying jobs are coming to the Baltimore region in health care, information technology, transportation and bioscience.

Yet area community colleges are not doing enough to Baltimore residents for those jobs, according to a new report released Thursday by the Abell Foundation.

According to the foundation, Baltimore is seeing growth in several categories of jobs that have "strong demand and modest educational requirements.” It recommended that community colleges offer more programs to train workers in those sectors — and do more to spread the word that training is available and affordable.

The foundation challenged Baltimore City Community College and Community College of Baltimore County to help city students get on paths to those jobs, many of which require an associate degree or less but pay more than $34,000 a year.

"High school graduates or people looking for a job do not have the information they need to know which training programs, which certificate programs and which post-high school technical programs are effective,” said Robert Embry, president of the Baltimore-based Abell Foundation.

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