BALTIMORE, MD. (November 28, 2012) – Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced the opening of Baltimore City’s four new Community Job Hubs today at the Academy of Success, which houses the Southwest Baltimore hub. Operated by the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development, in partnership with community groups that have established a trusted presence in select neighborhoods, the Community Job Hubs supplement services offered at the City’s three one-stop career centers by offering no-cost classes, taught by professional technology trainers, that prepare residents for 21st-century jobs.
“Our goal of growing Baltimore by 10,000 families can be achieved if we provide opportunities and services, like the ones at the Community Job Hubs, that give the unemployed and underemployed better access to employment connections and digital job search resources,” said Mayor Rawlings-Blake, who announced plans to open the Job Hubs in her State of the City address in February 2012. “Residents can improve their computer skills and earn certifications that will help them find jobs that lead to sustainable careers.”
Classes offer professional coursework, at appropriate basic through advanced levels, that can be accessed through any Internet-enabled computer for independent study. Once learners are assessed and trained on the software, they can progress at their own pace. Residents learn to complete online job applications, expand job search techniques, and create winning resumes. The Community Job Hubs also provide access to academic resources, customized skill training, employer recruitment events, job alerts, and job fairs.
Community Job Hubs are currently in operation or soon to open at the following locations:
Academy of Success, Inc.
200 South Franklintown Road
Baltimore, MD 21223
Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation (GEDCO)
5502 York Road
Baltimore, MD 21212
My Brother’s Keeper
4207 Frederick Road
Baltimore, MD 21229
Southern Community Action Center
606 Cherry Hill Road
Baltimore, MD 21225