Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Representatives Elijah E. Cummings and Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.), in announcing $1.9 million in federal funding to the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) from the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Scaling Apprenticeship Through Sector-Based Strategies program. The grant funding will help train CCBC students in healthcare-related apprenticeship programs in conjunction with other colleges, universities and medical centers throughout the region.
“Our health care economy continues to grow, and making sure students in Maryland are poised to take advantage of that boom and care for patients is critical. This investment will provide CCBC students with hands-on experience needed to succeed in this field, as well as grow our skilled workforce and boost our state’s economy,” the Members wrote. “We applaud CCBC’s determination to provide students with the best opportunities possible, and we will continue working to expand job training programs across the Baltimore region.”
CCBC’s apprenticeship programs include several health care professions, such as Central Services Technician, Medical Front Office and Medical Assistant. The program offers many credentials, including Certified Registered Central Service Technician, Certified Medical Administrative Assistant and Certified Medical Assistant. This project is expected to serve 800 apprentices over a four-year period, filling an important need for Baltimore-area employers. The college’s partnership includes Anne Arundel Community College, Johns Hopkins Medicine and its 11 healthcare affiliate businesses, Baltimore Alliance for Careers in Healthcare, Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development, 1199 SEIU Training and Upgrading Fund and the Health Career Advancement Program (H-CAP).
The DOL’s Scaling Apprenticeship Through Sector-Based Strategies program supports the training of more than 85,000 apprentices in new or expanded apprenticeship programs and increases apprenticeship opportunities for all Americans, including veterans, military spouses and service members transitioning into the civilian workforce. It also extends opportunities to women, people of color and Americans transitioning from the justice system to the workforce – groups that are traditionally underrepresented in apprenticeship programs.