Harford's Leading Edge Training Center
Powered by the Ratcliffe Foundation

Bringing workforce training to Edgewood, Harford's new facility at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford & Cecil Counties is home to workforce programs in construction/trades, manufacturing, distribution/warehousing/logistics, entrepreneurship, and more. Students train using using state-of-the-art simulators and are able to network with local employers to secure interviews. Philip E. & Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation Scholarships are available for specified programs. 


Upcoming Training

Construction Trades Skills*

MAY 2–JUN 29

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
MON & WED  |  MAY 2 & 4  |  6–8:30 PM
Practical Construction Skills I
MON & WED  |  MAY 9–18  |  6–8:30 PM
SAT  |  MAY 14  |  9 AM–2 PM
Practical Construction Skills II
MON & WED  |  MAY 23–JUN 29  |  5:45–9:15 PM

No class 5/30 or 6/20.

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 from the following dates:

APR 15   |  MAY 13  |  JUN 24  |  JUL 22  | 
AUG 19  |  SEP 23  |  OCT 21  

Complete your certification 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/Pneumatics

MON & WED  |  MAY 23–JUN 29  |  6–9 PM

Explore one area of Basic Machining and Manufacturing Technology. Students will learn about the fundamental concepts important to fluid power, which include both pneumatic (gas) and hydraulic (liquid) systems. You will learn about basic components: reservoirs/receivers, pumps/compressors, valves, and cylinders. Hydraulic and pneumatic technicians work in factories, ​laboratories, and offices. 


To register or to learn more about these programs, contact our Career Navigator at leadingedge@harford.edu.

* This program may be eligible for funding through the Philip E. & Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation Scholarship. APPLY NOW »