Community Partnership Brings New Program to Wor-Wic Campus
November 17, 2006

Wor-Wic Community College, the Tri-County Workforce Development Initiative (TCWDI) and the Maryland Department of Human Resources (DHR) have partnered to create a new grant-funded work experience program (WEP) to serve the residents of Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore.

The new WEP partnership will provide pre-employment and on-the-job training for eligible participants at the Wor-Wic campus in Salisbury.

“This partnership is different from other work experience programs on the Lower Shore. Participants will not only receive pre-employment training and on-the-job work experience, they will have access to college services and exposure to additional educational and training opportunities offered by the college,” said Ruth Baker, senior director of continuing education and workforce development at Wor-Wic.

Participants will be referred to the college by the departments of social services (DSS) in Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset Counties.

A work experience coordinator at Wor-Wic will manage the pre-employment training, place participants into work experience positions at the college, monitor their progress and facilitate their access to college-based assessment and career counseling services.

“More than 10,000 local residents receive training for local jobs at Wor-Wic each year. This new partnership provides Wor-Wic with an opportunity to serve a segment of the local population that we do not usually reach,” explained Dr. Ray Hoy, president of the college.

Two days of pre-employment training will be delivered by DSS staff and Wor-Wic instructors. The training is designed to prepare the WEP participants for the next step in the program – on-the-job training.

Up to 20 placements will be developed, with participants working 15 to 30 hours per week for approximately four to six months in areas such as landscape management, office support and food service. Placements will be based on the experience levels and career plans of the participants.

While in their work experience placement at Wor-Wic, the college will provide the participants with academic and vocational assessments and mentoring, as well as career counseling services, to help the participants prepare for a successful transition into a new job once they complete the program.

“This program provides an opportunity for participants to broaden their horizons by making use of the services and training offered at Wor-Wic,” said Baker.

Funding for the new WEP comes from a $121,500 DHR grant, which was made available by funding from the federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program.

The TCWDI, a service at the One Stop Job Market in Salisbury, addresses employment needs on Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore by providing life skills training, work experience opportunities and job development support to local residents to help them reach their goal of self-sufficiency.

For more information about the WEP at Wor-Wic, call Ruth Baker at (410) 334-2815.

NEW PARTNERSHIP. Wor-Wic Community College, the Tri-County Workforce Development Initiative (TCWDI) and the Maryland Department of Human Resources (DHR) have partnered to create a new grant-funded work experience program (WEP) for residents of Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore. The DHR recently presented a check for $94,000 to the Wicomico County Department of Social Services, a portion of the $121,500 state grant that will fund the new program. Representatives who attended the check presentation include, from left, George Van Hook, DHR bureau chief; Dr. Ray Hoy, president of Wor-Wic; Paula Erdie, director of the Wicomico Department of Social Services; Christopher McCabe, secretary of the DHR; Kevin McGuire, executive director of the DHR’s Family Investment Administration; and Joseph Rando, assistant director of social work services and programs in Wicomico County.