Government-funded training programs seek to provide skilled labor for private industry
LA PLATA, Md. (May 01, 2008)—Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.-5th) presented the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) with $286,899 for its Partnership for the Advancement of Construction and Transportation Training program on Monday. According to CSM, the program provides training to meet the growing demand in the construction and transportation industries in southern Maryland.
The funds were appropriated in the federal FY08 Omnibus Appropriations bill passed in December, 2007.
Government statistics indicate southern Maryland is the fastest growing region in the state with a projected growth rate of 33 percent by 2015. The growth in the residential and commercial building industries has resulted in a workforce shortage in both the construction and transportation industries.
In Southern Maryland and in areas across the country, we are currently facing a severe shortage of skilled professionals in the building and transportation trades, said Hoyer. Through the specialized training offered through this program the College of Southern Maryland is uniquely poised to respond to the specific workforce needs of our region and equip workers with the skills they need to excel to the top of their trade.
CSM officials say a good portion of the funding will be used for the development of new curriculum for the construction trades, including a new boot camp training model that prepares students for local apprenticeships in carpentry, HVAC, and electrical work. The 10-week program will provide alternative training, particularly for the under-employed and unemployed workforce in southern Maryland, and will also be available for new high school graduates.
The need for trained professionals in the trades is reaching alarming levels that threaten the well-being of southern Maryland, said CSM President Dr. Brad Gottfried. The funds secured by Congressman Hoyer will permit the College of Southern Maryland to jumpstart an innovative program that could be replicated across the country. We are deeply appreciative of Congressman Hoyer and his commitment to Southern Maryland.