Fort Meade Workforce Development Partnership

2023 NACo Achievement Award Winner

Howard County, Md., MD

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About the Program

Category: Community and Economic Development (Best in Category)

Year: 2023

The Ft. Meade Workforce Development Partnership provides career and employment services and resources to veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses on the Ft. Meade military base, which is in the central Maryland region yet very close to the Howard County line. This partnership is between two jurisdictions (Howard and Anne Arundel counties offices of Workforce Development) and Ft. Meade. Veterans and military spouses face elevated levels of unemployment or underemployment. Transitioning service members often face uncertainty regarding their move from military to civilian life and benefit from career counseling and mentorship. This program supports these groups by ensuring that job-seeking individuals in need of employment help, such as career planning and job placement, have access to services. Howard County and Anne Arundel County share the salary cost for one full-time employee who provides career and employment services to veterans, recently separated veterans, active-duty spouses, reserve/national guard spouses, veteran spouses, and other transitioning service members. Services may include training, licensing, certifications, employment assistance, ‘work and learn’ opportunities, and supportive services.