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Business partnerships sought for STEM education programs

In an effort to enhance STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) educational opportunities for the Baltimore region’s students, the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education (MBRT) has developed several programs that are volunteer-driven. MBRT is actively recruiting for the following initiatives that pair professionals with students and grade-school educators to...
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Mayor’s 2013 Hire One Youth campaign marches toward goal

Greater Baltimore Committee President and CEO and Hire One Youth Leadership Team chair Donald C. Fry announced March 20 Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s 2013 Hire One Youth summer jobs campaign has resulted in commitments from 89 local businesses to fill 276 jobs with participants of Baltimore City’s YouthWorks summer jobs program. Karen Sitnick, director of the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development, and Patrice Cromwell, director of economic development and integration initiatives … Continue reading

McDaniell College named a “Best Value” private college by Kiplinger

  McDaniel College is among the top liberal arts colleges named a “Best Value” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, and the only Maryland liberal arts college to make the list. The rankings are available online and will be published in the magazine’s December issue (on newsstands Tuesday, November 6). The 200 colleges and universities that make Kiplinger’s list provide strong academics and affordability. Colleges and universities are assessed based on cost … Continue reading

Eight GBC members participate in McDaniel College’s Interviewing Day

  Several GBC members recently participated in Interviewing Day at McDaniel College. This sixth annual event at McDaniel gave students a leg up in the current job market and has been tremendously successful in the past with many students finding jobs or internships that led to full-time jobs after graduation. More than 40 McDaniel students majoring in economics and business administration and/or minoring in accounting, business administration, or economics, as … Continue reading

McDaniel named in “Colleges that Change Lives”

McDaniel is among a select group of 40 higher education institutions across the nation recognized in the newly released edition of the essential guidebook, “Colleges That Change Lives.” Prospective college students and their parents have been relying on the book’s expertise to help them look beyond the Ivies and big research universities to find the right college since 1996, when former New York Times education editor Loren Pope first published … Continue reading

Donald Fry: Employers: workplace skills gap driven by need for IT talent

  By Donald C. Fry It’s common these days for business CEOs and managers to complain that a “skills gap” exists in today’s workforce. I’ve heard numerous accounts of businesses that have job openings but are unable to fill them because they can’t find employees with the skills required for the jobs. Part of the challenge is that the skills needed in the modern workforce go beyond the academic skills … Continue reading

Donald Fry: STEM education: Coaxing young people back to the basics

  By Donald C. Fry Virtually everybody in business, government and education agrees that ramping up knowledge of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) among young people in Maryland’s school systems and colleges is essential for the development of a workforce that can meet the needs of future employers. So, three years after the development of a STEM strategy for Maryland by a high-level gubernatorial task force, how are we … Continue reading

Donald Fry: Businesses must cultivate Baltimore’s youthful talent

  By Donald C. Fry More than 100 private-sector employers participated in Baltimore City’s new Hire One Youth jobs initiative this summer, with nearly 70 businesses placing 275 city youths in their work forces for summer jobs, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced last week. “Baltimore has one of the most successful summer jobs programs in the nation,” she told a roomful of Hire One Youth employers and their student workers who … Continue reading

GBC’s Don Fry to continue as Hire One Youth leadership chair

  Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development hosted a “meet and greet” July 27 for businesses and Hire One Youth employees at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. More than 100 non-municipal employers have provided funding to pay for at least one six-week summer job to support Baltimore City’s 2012 YouthWorks program. Nearly 70 of these business champions directly hired job-ready 16- to 21-year-olds to work at … Continue reading

Donald Fry: State task force: Manufacturing is making a comeback

  By Donald C. Fry For years, experts have been conceding the demise of U.S. manufacturing, lamenting that it’s a victim of overseas low-wage labor and the seemingly inevitable conversion of our nation into largely a service economy. Is manufacturing really dead in America? Not yet, says a recent state task force report on industrial job creation. The report, delivered to Governor Martin O’Malley and state lawmakers in June, notes … Continue reading

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