Capitol College student Elizabeth Doyle receives SMART scholarship

  LAUREL, Md.  – Capitol College student Elizabeth Doyle has been awarded the Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) scholarship by the Department of Defense. Doyle is currently a sophomore at Capitol College and is working toward her Bachelor of Science degree in Information Assurance. For the duration...

Donald Fry: Maryland’s occupational licensing milieu worth examining

  By Donald C. Fry While business climate surveys almost always rank Maryland highly for its workforce, our state’s generally less-than-stellar rankings for regulatory environment won’t be improved by a new report on occupational licensing. Maryland has the 10th “most-burdensome” occupational licensing laws in the nation and is the 14th “most extensively and onerously licensed state,” according to a national study, “License to Work,” that was published in May by … Continue reading

GBC honors UMBC’s Hrabowski with Regional Visionary Award

  BALTIMORE, Md. – During its May 15 annual meeting, the Greater Baltimore Committee presented University of Maryland Baltimore County president Freeman A. Hrabowski with the Regional Visionary Award for outstanding contributions to improving the region. “In his 20 years as president of UMBC, Hrabowski grew the university from a small commuter college to a top engineering and science school that serves many students in the black community, an accomplishment … Continue reading

Dr. Lillian M. Lowery named new Maryland state superintendent

  The Maryland State Board of Education announced  Dr. Lillian M. Lowery, Secretary of Education for the Delaware Department of Education, has been selected the state’s next superintendent of schools.  Dr. Lowery will take the helm of the nation’s No. 1-ranked state school system on July 1. She will succeed interim state superintendent Bernard J. Sadusky. The State Board will take official action on Dr. Lowery’s appointment at its next … Continue reading

Sadusky: Student learning ‘flatlines’ in middle school

  What happens in middle school can lead to gaps student learning that causes students to struggle in higher grades, Interim State Superintendent Bernard Sadusky recently told members of the GBC’s Education and Workforce Committee. Dr. Sadusky gave an impassioned talk to the committee on April 5 about a plan he has been working on since taking over on July 1, 2011, an informal compilation of focus areas he said … Continue reading

Donald Fry: Mayor’s summer jobs program is opportunity-driven

  By Donald C. Fry The Pew Center for the States, recently reported that elected leaders around the country are recognizing the nation’s 8 percent unemployment rate isn’t simply about too few jobs, it also relates to a workforce that may not be trained to fill the ones that are available. This “structural unemployment” mismatch has put worker-training programs on the agendas of many state and local government leaders, Pew’s … Continue reading

GBC’s Fry: A ‘Plan B’ needed for job creation in Baltimore region, state

Don Fry Commentary on WYPR Listen to commentary How could the Baltimore region experience job losses in six of eight major employment sectors since 2008, yet rank in the top five for employment performance when compared to 19 other key competing U.S. regions? The answer lies in our region’s only two job growth industries over the last several years: the government sector and the educational and health services sector. Employment … Continue reading

Business partners key to community college workforce development

With workforce development looking to be an issue for some time to come, community colleges have carved themselves a nice niche to facilitate partnerships and educate based on the growing demands in the workplace. Strong working partnerships with businesses as well as university-to-university ones like CCBC and Towson are part of the effort to meet workforce development needs. Cutting-edge education and training models with up-to-date equipment and market-viable curricula, as … Continue reading

GBC supports bill creating Maryland Innovation Initiative

Last week, the GBC offered testimony supporting HB 442, an administration bill creating the Maryland Innovation Initiative within the Maryland Technology Development Corporation to better promote technology transfer from research institutions to private sector commercialization. Currently, Maryland ranks first in federal research and development awards per capita; first in university research, and third in research and development intensity but 37th in technology transfer. In order to bridge this gap, Maryland … Continue reading

Donald Fry: Transportation legislation not the only issue on business radar in Annapolis

By Donald C. Fry While business advocates are focusing much attention on Governor Martin O’Malley’s proposal to address Maryland’s crisis in funding its transportation infrastructure, lawmakers are considering a number of other issues that would impact the state’s competitive business environment. Business and transportation advocates are reviewing the details of the governor’s bill filed last week that seeks to ultimately raise an estimated $613 million per year in new revenue … Continue reading