District 34 Maryland State Delegation Awards Harford Community College $260,000 in Bond Initiative Funding for Logistics and Warehousing Program
The District 34 Maryland State Delegation representatives have awarded $260,000 in local bond initiative funding to Harford Community College to purchase equipment and materials and for a new Logistics and Warehousing program and curriculum. This program will benefit Harford County residents by providing the training and support needed to gain employment in these high-growth professions. It will be based in Edgewood at Harford’s Leading Edge Training Center Powered by the Ratcliffe Foundation, in classrooms provided by the Boys & Girls Clubs.
According to the Susquehanna Workforce Network (SWN) and industry partners, a need was identified to include more high-impact, hands-on educational practices for students and displaced workers in order to effectively prepare them for the workforce. The skilled trades are an underutilized and under-recruited profession that is currently experiencing great need within the county. Harford Community College will meet the industry workforce needs indicated by our service partners by developing the Logistics and Warehousing program.
The College will develop an entry-level curriculum custom designed by job descriptions and information from local employers that will lead to scalable employment for local residents.
Led by State Senator Robert Cassilly, Delegates Steve Johnson, Mary Ann Lisanti and Susan McComas, the members teamed up to draft legislation and submit bond bill requests for district projects. “This year, we worked as a team to help deserving groups in our community receive direct funding,” said Senator Cassilly. Five projects were funded totaling $1.110 million. “Providing state matching funds is often a critical first step in getting a good project off the ground,” Delegate Johnson said.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national job outlook for warehouse manufacturing jobs is projected to increase by 4% from 2019 to 2029 due to the growing need to support the nation’s increasing demand for distribution of materials (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019).
“Thanks to the Maryland State Delegation and the foresight of the Harford County District 34 representatives, Harford Community College’s students will now have access to simulator equipment and technology. These tools are necessary for students to get the hands-on experience they need to earn a Logistics and Warehouse Certificate and be ready to join the workforce,” Dr. Theresa B. Felder, president of Harford Community College, said.
About Harford Community College
Harford Community College, the anchor institution for higher education in Harford County, is centrally located on 352 acres near Bel Air. The College offers more than 90 degree and certificate programs of study, as well as a variety of noncredit community education and workforce development courses. For more information, visit harford.edu.
Getting a good project off the ground!
State Senator Robert Cassilly, Mr, Joe Pfaff, President of Cedar Lane Sports Foundation, Del. Mary Ann Lisanti, Mr. Ron Hill, Treasurer for Isaak Walton League of America, Mr. Derek DeWitt, Executive Director, BGC, Dr. Theresa B. Felder, President of Harford Community College, Dr. Austin Hill, HCC Director for Strategic Partnerships, Del. Steve Johnson, and Del. Susan McComas