GBC’s Fry: New report underscores Maryland’s work force development challenges

Don Fry Commentary on WYPR Here’s a forecast that demands attention: More than 908,000 new jobs and job openings due to retirements will be created in Maryland by 2018. Sixty-three percent of those jobs will require some form of college education, according to a recent Georgetown University report. By...
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Donald Fry: New report underscores Maryland’s workforce development challenges

By Donald C. FryA recent report on the education requirements projected for the nation’s work force in 2018 sends a compelling message to students, administrators and teachers in Maryland’s K-12 schools, as well as to our state’s higher education institutions. The report issued on June 15 by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Work Force, cites a “growing disconnect” between the types of jobs employers need to fill … Continue reading

The GBC seeks information on member internship opportunities

The GBC Education & Workforce Committee’s Higher Education Subcommittee would like to obtain information from members regarding internships. One of the GBC’s initiatives is to “build a world class workforce.” In order to prepare and develop a highly educated workforce that is competitive to meet the challenges of today’s knowledge-based global economy and grow the economic base, it is important to develop Maryland talent that stays in Maryland after graduation … Continue reading

Donald Fry: State stumbles in enacting new education collective bargaining process

By Donald Fry On May 4, Governor Martin O’Malley signed a largely under-the-radar bill that quietly gives teachers unions in Maryland a new and significant advantage in the collective bargaining process with local school boards. The bill, innocuously titled “The Fairness in Negotiations Act,” repeals the Maryland State Board of Education’s authority to resolve public school labor relations disputes. It also repeals the authority of local school boards to make … Continue reading

GBC-supported tax credits gain passage in 2010 Assembly session

In a 2010 General Assembly session punctuated by more fiscal shuffling to close yet another budget deficit, lawmakers managed to pass a number of bills, including several key tax credits, that could favorably impact the state’s business competitiveness. GBC-supported measures that passed the General Assembly included bills to continue and broaden an incentive program for historic building rehabilitation, to fund tax credits for bioscience investment, to extend tax credits for … Continue reading

Casey named ninth president of McDaniel College

In a special meeting on Dec. 17, McDaniel College’s Board of Trustees unanimously selected Dr. Roger N. Casey as the ninth president of the 142-year-old private, liberal arts and sciences college in central Maryland. Dr. Casey, 48, who currently serves as the vice president of academic affairs and provost of Rollins College (Florida), will succeed Dr. Joan Develin Coley, who announced her retirement last spring and will complete a transformative … Continue reading

GBC’s Pre-K subcommittee discusses additional after-school programs

In an effort to focus business resources on expanding and strengthening after-school programs, the GBC’s PreK-12 subcommittee received presentations from two additional after-school programs: Peer-to-Peer Youth Enterprises and Higher Achievement. As reported in the August 26 GBC Leader, the subcommittee has concluded that there are not enough engaging and positive activities for Baltimore City’s young people during out-of-school hours, including the summer months. The GBC PreK-12 subcommittee, formed from the … Continue reading

GBC subcommittee focuses on after-school programs

A GBC subcommittee is seeking to focus business resources on expanding and strengthening after-school programs. There are not enough engaging and positive activities for Baltimore City’s young people during out-of-school hours, including the summer months, concludes the PreK-12 subcommittee of the GBC’s Education and Workforce Committee. The Pre-K subcommittee is chaired by Tanesha Boldin, of PNC Bank. The Pre-K committee is one of three subcommittees of the GBC’s Education and … Continue reading

GBC’s Fry: Baltimore City schools making a comeback

Don Fry Commentary on WYPRRecent standardized test scores confirm what business leaders who watch Baltimore City schools have instinctively sensed – the city’s public schools are making a comeback. The Baltimore City Public School System’s 1st and 2nd graders are now meeting or exceeding the national average in math and reading. This is a big deal for a school system where early-grade achievement has routinely languished below the average of … Continue reading

Some successes for business emerge from difficult General Assembly session

Despite what has been a difficult session for both lawmakers and business advocates, a number of GBC-supported bills that will have a positive impact on Maryland’s business climate and economic growth gained passage, including measures to extend and improve the bioscience investment tax credit, provide local incentives for transit oriented development, and to strengthen the minority business enterprise program. Meanwhile, a bill to re-regulate electricity — which was strongly opposed … Continue reading