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Harford's Leading Edge
Training CenterPowered by the Ratcliffe Foundation

Bringing workforce training to Edgewood, Harford Community College's facility at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford & Cecil Counties is home to workforce programs in construction and trades, manufacturing, warehousing/supply chain/logistics, entrepreneurship, and more. Most programs are eligible for funding through the Philip E. & Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation Scholarships with the goal of getting students into employment immediately following training. This is accomplished through interviewing and resumé writing assistance, networking opportunities with local employers, and the guidance of a dedicated Career Navigator.  

The training students receive in these programs makes them job-ready, and for local employers, that's who they hire first. If you're looking for skilled employees, contact me for the opportunity to tour our facility and meet with our students.
Austin Hill, Director for Strategic Partnerships

Upcoming Training Opportunities

Construction Trades Skills

This three-course program enables you to explore the construction industry and learn practical construction skills. Projects provide hands-on work with heavy equipment simulators and construction tools, preparing you for a job in the construction industry. By the end of the program, you will meet with representatives from local construction companies to discuss employment requirements and opportunities.   

Courses must be taken in order and you must register for the complete program to be eligible for scholarships.

Introduction to Construction Industry
Practical Construction Skills I
Practical Construction Skills II

Heavy Equipment Operations
The next cohort will begin in Fall 2022.

Warehousing, Supply Chain, and Logistics
The next cohort will begin in Fall 2022.

Forklift Certification Training
FRI  |  9 AM–5PM

Choose one of the following dates:
JUL 22  |  AUG 19  |  SEP 23  |  OCT 21  

Complete your training and be eligible to sit for your certification exam in just one day! This course includes both classroom and hands-on training for first-time drivers and those needing refresher training.

Students who successfully complete this course satisfy the requirements of  OSHA’s 1998 revised Powered Industrial Truck Operator Training Standard. Students must pass a written and practical test.

Basic Hydraulics and Pneumatics
MON & WED  |  6–9 PM

In this course students explore one area of Basic Machining and Manufacturing Technology. Students learn the fundamental concepts important to fluid power, which includes both pneumatic (gas) and hydraulic (liquid) systems. You learn about basic components: reservoirs/receivers, pumps/compressors, valves, and cylinders and at the conclusion of the course will be able to apply for jobs as hydraulic and pneumatic technicians in factories, ​laboratories, and offices. 

To Register

Prospective students must contact a Career Navigator for details and then complete an application.