Susquehanna Workforce Center at University Center Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Open House to Mark New Partnership

 (Left to Right) Nancy Spence, Director of University Center; Mary Ann Bogarty, Workforce Investment Board Pres. & VP of Harford Bank;Richard Slutzky, Pres., County Council of Harford County, Maryland; Delegate Susan McComas, Maryland House of Delegates, LD 34B; Bruce England, Executive Director of The Susquehanna Workforce Network; Mayor Michael Bennett, Mayor of Aberdeen; Barry Glassman, Harford County Executive; Secretary Kelly Schulz, MD Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation (DLLR); and Steven Overbay, Deputy Director, Office of Economic Development gather for the ribbon cutting and official opening of the Susquehanna Workforce Center at University Center on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015.

(Left to Right) Nancy Spence, Director of University Center; Mary Ann Bogarty, Workforce Investment Board Pres. & VP of Harford Bank;Richard Slutzky, Pres., County Council of Harford County, Maryland; Delegate Susan McComas, Maryland House of Delegates, LD 34B; Bruce England, Executive Director of The Susquehanna Workforce Network; Mayor Michael Bennett, Mayor of Aberdeen; Barry Glassman, Harford County Executive; Secretary Kelly Schulz, MD Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation (DLLR); and Steven Overbay, Deputy Director, Office of Economic Development gather for the ribbon cutting and official opening of the Susquehanna Workforce Center at University Center on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015.

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    For Immediate Release

 

Local and State Officials, Including Secretary Shulz to Speak at the Ribbon Cutting Event

Aberdeen, MD (October 29, 2015) – Today, the Susquehanna Workforce Network (SWN) and the University Center (UC), formerly known as the HEAT Center, will hold an Open House and ribbon cutting ceremony for the official opening of the Susquehanna Workforce Center at University Center from 2:00-4:30 p.m. The ribbon cutting will be held a 2 p.m., followed by an Open House & Business Expo beginning at 2:30 p.m. State and local officials, including the State of Maryland’s Secretary of Labor, Kelly M. Schulz, will be in attendance.

SWN entered into a partnership with UC to co-locate in the heart of the I-95/Rte. 40 growth corridor ensuring valuable resources are available to businesses. This partnership will help to attract a more technology savvy workforce and assist local residents gain employment and career opportunities.

“Susquehanna Workforce Network and UC will help bring new and innovative means of hiring new employees in and around the region, as well as a streamlined approach and unique inroads for those searching for employment,” said Bruce England, Executive Director of SWN. “This partnership is a model for other partnerships in Maryland and is an exciting opportunity for the area and state.”

The Open House will feature some of the unique services and employment readiness programs offered at the Center. Certified Employment Specialists will conduct demonstrations of Interview Stream and Prove It. The Center staff is certified in résumé writing, job search assistance, career advisement, labor market information and human resources. Attendees will have opportunities to access the center’s job bank, Maryland Workforce Exchange, a nationally recognized interest inventory Woofound and gain access to the variety of resources available to help residents discover and achieve their employment goals.

“After months of preparation, we’re eager to have ‘the Center’ up and running,” says Nancy Spence, Director of UC. “The timing of this partnership couldn’t be better, as we have been busy bolstering our business resources, including new and enhanced technology, to help better aid the manufacturers and businesses in our region that need a place to call home when training their new workforce. Additionally, we feel this partnership will also help better equip career changers in Northeastern Maryland who need the higher education offerings we provide.”

The Susquehanna Workforce Network is a recipient of Maryland’s Employment Advancement Right Now (EARN) grant. Funding from this grant is intended for skill enhancement of job seekers and the growth of the manufacturing industry in the region. Members of the Manufacturers Coalition were instrumental in the grant being awarded to SWN and will participate in a business expo during the Open House. Attendees will have the opportunity to
learn about these manufacturing enterprises and the opportunities they create for employment and in advancing the economic competitiveness of the region.
Spence continues, “The additional services brought about as a result of this partnership make our campus the epicenter for workforce and business resources in Harford County and all of Northeastern Maryland.”

SWC-UC has been able to work with businesses and local residents since July 2015. During that time, they hosted several customized recruitments for businesses seeking to employ locally. The Susquehanna Workforce Network’s Business Service Representatives have been able to facilitate customized recruitments and provide the Workforce Center Employment Specialists and Center customers with specific occupational opportunities that are in demand by local businesses. This collaborative effort has expedited the re-employment and employment of job seekers, which has proven to be a successful strategy for both businesses and job seekers.

“The opening of the Workforce Center at UC will leverage assets of the partnership, develop synergies and afford the opportunity to collaborate and further align services with various community, workforce and economic development organizations,” continued England. “This will facilitate career and employment possibilities for residents and help area businesses grow.”

About University Center
University Center (UC) is a convenient, multipurpose, and tech-friendly facility used for business training and higher education located in the technology and economic growth center of Northeastern Maryland. UC partners with top universities and colleges including: Notre Dame of MD University, Johns Hopkins University, Morgan State University, University of MD College Park, UMBC, and Towson University. UC offers three bachelor degrees, one post bachelor certification, multiple engineering classes, nine master’s degrees and one Ed.D program. Its tech-friendly facility is a valued resource to many businesses and government agencies needing to conduct training and hold small conferences in Northeastern Maryland. University Center is managed by Harford Community College and is housed in a County-owned building on State of Maryland property. For more information visit: ucmaryland.com.

About The Susquehanna Workforce Network, Inc. (SWN)
The Susquehanna Workforce Network, Inc., is a non-profit organization that executes workforce strategies that contributes to the economic competitiveness of the region. SWN is led by the regions Workforce Investment Board, which oversees, coordinates and plans workforce services in Cecil and Harford Counties. The Network co-operates three Susquehanna Workforce Center’s in the region, collaboratively provides workforce attraction, retention and development services to the business community and facilitates the delivery of specialized workforce services to youth. For more information: swnetwork.org.

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