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There are several resources in the area for workforce training and development. The Western Maryland Consortium provides workforce development services for jobseekers and employers. Jobseeker resources include job search assistance, resume development, career interest testing, skill training and case management. Employer services include referral of applicants, customized training, financial aid for on-the-job training, recruitment and screening assistance. Services are generally provided at no cost.

Maryland’s Industrial Training Partnership and Partnership for Workforce Quality programs work with businesses to identify training opportunities. The State of Maryland’s staff partners directly with businesses, reviews operational plans, and designs appropriate training. Companies have complete control over the programs and can modify or extend program design. Matching grants are available for skills upgrade training.

Barr Construction Institute Barr Construction Institute, the educational arm of the Associated Builders & Contractors, is committed to developing a safe workplace and a high-performance workforce through quality education and training. They offer craft, maintenance, and apprenticeship training in the carpentry, electrical, HVAC, and plumbing fields. In addition, they offer continuing education, management education, professional development, and safety training. Construction and maintenance training is recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship & Training, and is accredited by the National Center for Construction Education and Research.

Hagerstown Community College Hagerstown Community College (HCC), the fastest growing community college in Maryland, offers more than 100 programs of study for university transfer or for immediate career preparation, as well as continuing education courses and adult basic education. Associate degrees, certificates and letters of recognition are awarded in the following programs:

  • Alternative Energy
  • Behavioral and Social Science
  • Biotechnology
  • Business, Technology, and Computer Studies
  • Cyber Security
  • Math and Science
  • Nursing and Health Science

In addition to continuing education courses, HCC includes a Job Training Institute (JTI) and Career Center. Several training programs, including computers & technology, medical, and business, are available to students. Career services such as employer connections, job search assistance, and interview preparedness are an asset in training the local workforce.

Kaplan University, a Purdue University School Kaplan University, a Purdue University School prepares students for challenging careers in the world of business. Quality education and hands-on training programs ease the transition from the classroom to the workforce. Kaplan University - Hagerstown also assists with workforce development needs with skills training, certificate programs, and CEU courses. Kaplan can customize workforce education and training programs around an organization’s needs. Areas of specialty include:

  • Analytical and Conceptual Skills
  • Communications
  • Computer Skills
  • Customer Relations
  • Employee and Labor Relations
  • Leadership Styles and Behavior
  • Management and Supervision
  • Managing Time, Stress, and Information
  • Organizational Change and Development
  • Personal Growth
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Special Topics and Comprehensive Programs
  • Teambuilding
  • Technical Skills Development

Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics (PIA), recognized as a premier training school for aviation maintenance, opened its newest location at the Hagerstown Regional Airport in Spring 2011. Students will take a 16-month diploma program and become eligible to test for the FAA’s Airframe and Powerplant Certification test.

University System of Maryland at Hagerstown University System of Maryland at Hagerstown (USMH) The University System of Maryland at Hagerstown (USMH) is a regional higher-education center located in downtown Hagerstown. USMH operates under the auspices of the University System of Maryland (USM). The following institutions offer degrees at USMH: Frostburg State University; Towson University; University of Maryland, College Park; University of Maryland University College and Salisbury University.  USM institutions currently offer 12 undergraduate and 7 graduate degrees onsite. 

Baccalaureate programs include: accounting, business administration, information systems management, early childhood education, nursing, 
criminal justice, cybersecurity, social work and liberal studies. 

Graduate programs include: business administration, elementary and secondary 
education, nursing, social work, and engineering.

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