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Tech Council of Maryland Partners with Year Up National Capital Region for Workforce Development Initiative

The Tech Council of Maryland (TCM), Maryland’s largest trade association for technology and life science companies, today announced that it has partnered with Year Up National Capital Region (NCR) in a workforce development initiative designed to address the need of Maryland employers for skilled technical workers and provide urban young adults with the skills, experience and support they need to flourish in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. Together the groups will host quarterly Workforce Development Roundtable discussions with TCM constituents in the region to discuss workforce initiatives, the first of which is scheduled for January 8 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

“We welcome the opportunity to work with Year Up NCR to identify ways we can create a more robust pipeline of enthusiastic young adults seeking careers in the technology industry, who will meet our members’ growing demand for skilled workers,” said Philip Schiff, TCM’s CEO. “Year Up’s experience in empowering young adults with marketable skills and other opportunities will be valuable as we work together to consider the training, recruitment tactics, diversity programs, internships and employer/higher education partnerships required to build a competitive workforce.”

Year Up will facilitate quarterly Workforce Development Roundtables, which will take place at TCM’s headquarters in Rockville, Md., and serve as the connection between the workforce development community and TCM membership. The roundtables are designed to bring together Year Up, TCM corporate leaders, educators and non-profits for discussions about ways to build more robust STEM pipelines and how to connect the workforce development community with TCM members. Also during the roundtables, leaders will highlight industry trends related to shortages in a trained, technical workforce, and establish a forum to discuss best practices for developing a competitive workforce in the state.

“We are excited to partner with the Tech Council of Maryland to lead a dialogue on creating talent pipelines,” said Ronda Harris Thompson, Year Up’s executive director for the National Capital Region. “With more than 50 percent of our students coming from Maryland we want to ensure we are developing partnerships with Maryland employers and that they see Year Up as a business solution.”

ABOUT YEAR UP INC.

Year Up's mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. Year Up achieves this mission through a high support, high expectation model that combines marketable job skills, stipends, internships and college credits. Its holistic approach focuses on students' professional and personal development to place these young adults on a viable path to economic self-sufficiency. Year Up currently serves more than 1,900 students a year at sites in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, Providence, San Francisco Bay Area, the National Capital Region, and Puget Sound (Seattle). To learn more, visit http://www.yearup.org/ncr or http://www.youtube.com/yearupinc.

ABOUT THE TECH COUNCIL OF MARYLAND, INC.

The Tech Council of Maryland (TCM) is the largest technology trade group serving the advanced technology and biotechnology communities of Maryland. TCM’s mission is to advocate for the interests of the technology community, further the role of technology in the Maryland economy, and nurture an environment where technology companies can collaborate, grow and succeed. For more information, visit www.techcouncilmd.com.

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