Goal: The goal is to influence the academic curriculum throughout the education continuum to prepare Maryland students, including adults and career changers, for careers in these industries.
Implementation: Start by expanding the composition of the workgroup to include leaders from the industries that use the emerging technology.
Gather information on how the technology is used by Baltimore industries and the current capacity of Maryland’s schools and industries to prepare students for success using the technology.
Establish workgroups to develop curricular recommendations at various educational levels:
- Elementary and secondary education
- Community colleges
Measure success: If successful, the workgroup will facilitate changes in the education curriculum and influence the establishment of new academic programs or certificates. These changes will better prepare Maryland students for jobs using emerging technologies.
Eventually, the GBC can measure success by the evaluating the preparedness of students to work in technology-related jobs, the impact these workers have on industries in the Baltimore City region, and the reputation the region gains as a leader in emerging technologies.
Recommended focus for the first two years – 3D technologies:
This technology impacts:
- architecture and design
Spend the first year expanding the composition of the Education Workgroup to include members from these industries and gathering information from industries that use 3D technologies. Invite industry leaders to discuss the use of 3D imaging and the technological needs of its workforce and invite leaders of schools and higher education institutions to discuss their efforts to educate students to use 3D technologies.
Possible guests include leaders of:
- Baltimore Design School
- Under Armour
- Gaming companies
- Construction companies
- Medical facilities
- Design firms
In addition, the workforce members want to meet with the executive director of Baltimore Promise (Thomasina Hiers) and the executive director of the Fund for Educational Excellence (Roger Shulman) to learn more about their missions to determine if their objectives are aligned with the workgroup’s mission.
In the second year of this project, the workgroup will meet in subcommittees to develop recommendations to change curriculum and/or develop new academic programs and certificate programs to prepare students to succeed using 3D technologies.
After completing the 3D project, the workgroup will select a new emerging technology and reconstitute the Education Workgroup Committee membership to reflect the industries that utilize that emerging technology.
2016 Education and Workforce Committee news:
Dr. William “Brit” Kirwan spoke about the Maryland Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education at the Education and Workforce Committee’s October 6, 2016 meeting. Dr. Kirwan, who previously served as the Chancellor for the University System of Maryland, was appointed by Maryland’s Governor, Senate President and House Speaker to chair the commission. It is charged with assessing Maryland’s K-12 funding formula and making recommendations to ensure students are prepared to succeed.
Dr. Kirwan spoke to the committee about the commission and its upcoming work for the next year. Following the presentation the committee had an open dialogue with Dr. Kirwan to share their ideas and recommendations. At the conclusion of the meeting, Dr. Kirwan provided the committee with a timeline for how the commission will operate for the remainder of the year. The commission will meet twice more this year and submit a preliminary report to the General Assembly by December.
The Education and Workforce Committee heard from Ellie Mitchell, Director of Maryland Out of School Time (MOST), at its September 1, 2016 meeting. Mitchell’s presentation focused on the opportunities for cross-sector learning and high quality programming in the STEM field. In addition, the committee reviewed its draft report on 3D technology which details the state of 3D technology in Maryland and offers recommendations on next steps. The draft will be submitted to the GBC Board of Directors for review.
The Education and Workforce Committee discussed the P-TECH model at its June 2, 2016 meeting.
At the May 5, 2016 Education and Workforce Committee meeting, Bob Ayduhovic, Executive Director of the Maryland Center for Construction Education and Innovation, gave a presentation on the center’s history, background, accomplishments and publications. He also spoke about the need for more skilled trade workers and the challenges faced by the construction industry in recruiting people into construction trades. The committee also heard from Rachel Hise, Senior Policy Analyst for the Maryland Department of Legislative Services, who gave an overview of education funding and issues that came up during the 2016 Maryland General Assembly legislative session.
State Senator Bill Ferguson (D-46) spoke to the Education and Workforce Committee during its March 14, 2016 meeting about his initiatives in Annapolis during the current legislative session and about the many education and workforce issues being considered by the Maryland General Assembly. Senator Ferguson spoke specifically about the Maryland Education Development Collaborative (SB 910/HB 1399) which would create a quasi-governmental agency to advance innovations in K-12 education.
The committee also discussed proposed legislation to create a strategic partnership between the University of Maryland, Baltimore and the University of Maryland, College Park. That bill (SB 1052) was recently approved by the Senate and will now go to the House of Delegates.
Finally, the committee also heard about the GBC’s legislative agenda and efforts during the legislative session.
The Education and Workforce Committee learned about the recently released “STEM: Middle-Skill Career Pathways in the Baltimore Region” at its February 4, 2016 meeting.
The Greater Baltimore Committee and Associated Black Charities released the innovative new report that details the many opportunities that exist in Baltimore for current or aspiring middle-skilled Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workers at a Jan. 6 event in Baltimore.
The report has seven recommendations:
- Strengthen career pathways.
- Offer effective basic skills upgrading.
- Bridge gaps with support services.
- Create ways to gain work experience.
- Build stronger pathways for advancement.
- Build a stronger employer value proposition and promote employer leadership.
- Boost awareness and realistic access to middle-skill STEM careers.
Shaina Hernandez of the GBC and Tanya Terrell of ABC presented the report to the committee.
The committee also heard from its chair Tina M. Bjarekull, who provided an overview of the Maryland FY2017 Proposed Budget.
“A lot of focus right now is on the governor’s budget,” Bjarekull said.
STEM Partnership Opportunities
In an effort to enhance STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) 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 advance the region’s STEM education.
Volunteers from various backgrounds talk with students in the eighth and ninth grades about their profession and give advice for being successful as a professional.
Volunteers act as off-site mentors and resources for STEM teachers. Volunteers provide information about what real-life skills are relevant for students to learn to be better prepared for careers in the STEM fields. Volunteers complete an online profile of their expertise and a few dates they would be available to co-teach. Most volunteers visit classrooms three or four times a year.