How to Afford Education and Training
Do you or someone you know want to gain new skills and education for job advancement or a career change?
For those thinking of taking college classes or going to college or trade school full time, there are resources for how to afford education.
From the Enoch Pratt website:
“How to Get Money for College in Maryland”
Includes “Funding for Education: Scholarships and Grants”
Some funds are also available for vocational school or training programs.
The Maryland Educational Opportunity Center (MEOC) provides free counseling, information and technical assistance to adults and youths interested in going to college or other postsecondary schools. Although it is headquartered in Baltimore City, outreach services are also conveniently offered in Howard County.
Maryland Educational Opportunity Center (MEOC)
2641 N. Charles St Suite 101
Baltimore MD 21218
3939 Reisterstown Road
Baltimore MD 21215
St. John Baptist Church
9055 Tamar Drive Columbia, Maryland 21045
410-997-9035 ext. 27
Resources for Ex-offender
Looking for a job when you have a record can be difficult. There are resources available online and in the community.
Jobseekers’ Toolkit has information for ex-offenders on:
• Sample cover letter and interview tips
• Information on federal bonding letter
Northwest One-Stop Career Center --Re-entry Center
A One-Stop Partner
Mondawmin Mall, Suite 302
2401 Liberty Heights Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21215
The One-Stop at Mondawmin is the Re-entry Center for Baltimore City and has connections with employers, in addition to staff who can assist with applications, resumes and more. Other community organizations are also available on-site to give information on topics such as expungement, document replacement, and the federal bonding program.
Staff have information on training programs through the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act. Qualified applicants may be eligible for free training.
Expungement workshops are also offered at the Pennsylvania Ave Branch Library by:
Clean Slate America
Maryland Legal Aid. Lawyer in the Library.
By appointment only. Call 410-951-7813 to schedule an appointment.
Center for Urban Families (CFUF)
2201 N. Monroe Street
From the website:
The Center for Urban Families specializes in outreach to Baltimore’s most hard-to-reach populations, such as the formerly incarcerated and chronically un-employed or under-employed. The CFUF Workforce Development Program (WDP) consists of the following core components:
• Pre-employment services to help low-income workers secure employment (STRIVE Baltimore);
• Job retention and advancement programs to help low-income workers stay employed, advance in the workplace, and move towards family-sustaining wages;
• Market-driven training and certification programs;
• Intensive career and family-focused case management; and, through leveraged support,
• Access to critical work supports and work-related benefits, including transportation subsidies, clothing assistance, and on-site access to a comprehensive supportive service referral system.
Job and Career Information and Assistance
Enoch Pratt Free Library has resources on jobs and careers.
To get started, browse our collection, talk with a librarian, or use the Job Seekers' Toolkit.
We have a good collection of resume books in the Job Center. Examples:
Blue collar resumes: expert resumes for dirty jobs, and clean ones, too by Steven Provenzano
HF5383 .P733 2012Q
Knock 'em dead resumes: a killer resume gets MORE job interviews! By Yate Martin, CPC.
HF5383 .Y38 2014
Also available as an ebook.
Federal resume guidebook: writing the successful "outline format federal resume" by Kathryn K Troutman
The new SES application: writing the Senior Executive Service traditional ECQs and five-page SES resume by Kathryn K Troutman
Some Resume Samples are available on the Jobseekers’ Toolkit.
One-hour job-seeker appointments
Job-seeker coaches continue to offer One-hour appointments to help with job searching,applications, resumes, and cover letters.
Call or drop by the Job Center to schedule an appointment:
Job Center staff and job-seeker coaches work with Information Services staff to provide assistance at the Career Clinics in the Public Computer Center in Central Library. Other branches also offer Career Clinics.
Check our website for information upcoming events on job and career, or call for details.
Jeanne (Jean) Lauber, Workforce Development
Business, Science, & Technology
Enoch Pratt Free Library
Central Library/State Library Resource Center
If you have questions please call 410-396-5317 or email email@example.com