There are several resources in the area for workforce training and development. The Western Maryland Consortium provides workforce development services for jobseekers and employers. Jobseeker resources include job search assistance, resume development, career interest testing, skill training, and case management. Employer services include referral of applicants, customized training, financial aid for on-the-job training, recruitment, and screening assistance. Services are generally provided at no cost.
Maryland’s Industrial Training Partnership and Partnership for Workforce Quality programs work with businesses to identify training opportunities. The State of Maryland’s staff partners directly with businesses, reviews operational plans, and designs appropriate training. Companies have complete control over the programs and can modify or extend program design. Matching grants are available for skills upgrade training.
Hagerstown Community College Hagerstown Community College (HCC), the fastest growing community college in Maryland, offers more than 100 programs of study for university transfer or for immediate career preparation, as well as continuing education courses and adult basic education. Associate degrees, certificates and letters of recognition are awarded in the following programs:
In addition to continuing education courses, HCC includes a Job Training Institute (JTI) and Career Center. Several training programs, including computers & technology, medical, and business, are available to students. Career services such as employer connections, job search assistance, and interview preparedness are an asset in training the local workforce.
Kaplan University - Hagerstown Kaplan University - Hagerstown prepares students for challenging careers in the world of business. Quality education and hands-on training programs ease the transition from the classroom to the workforce. Kaplan University - Hagerstown also assists with workforce development needs with skills training, certificate programs, and CEU courses. Kaplan can customize workforce education and training programs around an organization’s needs. Areas of specialty include:
Barr Construction Institute Barr Construction Institute, the educational arm of the Associated Builders & Contractors, is committed to developing a safe workplace and a high-performance workforce through quality education and training. They offer craft, maintenance, and apprenticeship training in the carpentry, electrical, HVAC, and plumbing fields. In addition, they offer continuing education, management education, professional development, and safety training. Construction and maintenance training is recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship & Training, and is accredited by the National Center for Construction Education and Research.
Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics (PIA), recognized as a premier training school for aviation maintenance, opened its newest location at the Hagerstown Regional Airport in Spring 2011. Students will take a 16-month diploma program and become eligible to test for the FAA’s Airframe and Powerplant Certification test.