WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representatives Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) issued the following statement announcing $1.9 million in federal funding for Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Scaling Apprenticeship Through Sector-Based Strategies grant program. This funding will go towards the training of CCBC students in healthcare-related apprenticeship programs in conjunction with other colleges, universities, and medical centers throughout the area.

“Our health care economy continues to grow, and making sure students in Maryland are poised to take advantage of that boom and care for patients is critical. This investment will provide CCBC students with hands-on experience needed to succeed in this field, as well as grow our skilled workforce and boost our state’s economy,” the Members wrote. “We applaud CCBC’s determination to provide students with the best opportunities possible, and we will continue working to expand job training programs across the Baltimore region.”

CCBC’s project targets the H-1B industry sectors of Central Services Technician, Medical Front Office, and Medical Assistant and offers the following credentials: Certified Registered Central Service Technician, Certified Medical Administrative Assistant, and Certified Medical Assistant. This project is expected to serve 800 apprentices over a four-year period, filling an important need for Baltimore-area employers. The college’s partnership includes Anne Arundel Community College, Johns Hopkins Medicine and its 11 healthcare affiliate businesses, Baltimore Alliance for Careers in Healthcare, Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development, 1199 SEIU Training and Upgrading Fund, and the Health Career Advancement Program (H-CAP).

This funding has been provided through the Department of Labor’s Scaling Apprenticeship Through Sector-Based Strategies grant program. These grants will support the training of more than 85,000 apprentices in new or expanded apprenticeship programs and increase apprenticeship opportunities for all Americans, including veterans, military spouses, and service members transitioning into the civilian workforce; and groups that are underrepresented in apprenticeships such as women, people of color, and Americans transitioning from the justice system to the workforce.