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Montgomery County Workforce Exchange
Montgomery County Workforce Exchange
Montgomery County Maryland Department of Economic Development

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MontgomeryWorks offers a variety of job-search tools and services at our two workforce centers. We feature the Maryland Workforce Exchange, an internet-based program with everything you need to find a better job or advance your career-24 hours a day, seven days a week. It's a virtual one-stop network that connects you with workforce information, job leads, training opportunities, and a variety of programs and services to help you make the right choices for future success.

You can search for job openings in your community, create specialized resumes to apply for jobs online, learn about careers that are in high demand and find occupational training opportunities.

General Services

For more information about these programs, call (301) 946-1806 or contact a resource specialist at the MontgomeryWorks location near you.

Maryland Division of Workforce Development offers a variety of core services at our local one-stop workforce centers. The division provides tools, resources, and computers and software for researching jobs and labor market, finding opportunities for training and education, and accessing the Maryland Workforce Exchange.

Dislocated Worker Program assists eligible job seekers who have lost their jobs as a result of company closings or layoffs. Contact MontgomeryWorks to find out if you are eligible for job training and placement services through this program.

Adult Program offers workforce services to eligible unemployed or under-employed adults who are seeking a new job or better skills. Participants can gain occupational skills, increase their earnings, and improve their rates of employment and retention.

MontgomeryWorks Rapid Response Team provides assistance to job seekers affected by mass layoffs, plant closings, disasters, and other events that cause job dislocation. If you are unemployed due to a large layoff, ask our staff if you are eligible for additional services.

Intensive Services Unit offers a variety of case management and training services for eligible county residents, including unemployed and dislocated workers and displaced homemakers. Clients can obtain intensive, one-on-one assessment and career counseling, as well as guidance on occupational training that may upgrade their skills.

Re-entry Employment Services Program helps ex-offenders overcome barriers to employment, earn incomes that can support their families, and become contributors to the economic and social well-being of their communities. It provides one-on-one counseling, workshops, and assistance in using employment resources for job seekers who have criminal convictions or are incarcerated in Montgomery County's correctional system.

Disability Program Navigator Initiative increases the ability of one-stop career centers to serve customers with disabilities. Disability "navigators" work with one-stop staff, partners, and businesses to provide accessible employment and training services.

Maryland Customized Employment Partnership (MCEP) between MontgomeryWorks and TransCen, Inc. expands the capacity of one-stop centers to serve people with disabilities. MCEP increases employment options for job seekers with significant disabilities and provides guidance to employers. The MCEP serves individuals making the transition from schools, segregated environments, or disability employment services waiting lists into community employment. Additional information is available at MontgomeryWorks or online at
www.marylandcep.org.

Veteran's Services

MontgomeryWorks' veterans' representatives work with local employers to increase employment opportunities for veterans. They conduct job search workshops and help veterans obtain training and placement services and find and retain jobs. They also work with state and federal partners to provide the full range of job development services to meet the specific needs of veterans-particularly those with barriers to employment. For more information, call the Local Veterans Employment Representative at (301) 946-1806.

Maryland Veterans Employment Partnership provides employment assistance to veterans who have significant employment barriers. For more information, call (301) 946-1806.

Programs for Seniors

Senior Community Service Employment Program, operated by the Jewish Council for the Aging, provides services that can lead to paid, on-the-job training in government and nonprofit agencies for low-income persons age 55 and older. The training offers skills, knowledge, and experience to help participants make the transition to unsubsidized employment.

For more information, contact SeniorEmployment@jcagw.org.

Sales and Service Learning Center

Our premier, industry-driven Sales and Service Learning Center connects retail, service, and other businesses to skilled and certified sales and service professionals. Whether you're employed or in transition, the center offers on-site customer service and sales training, career guidance, connections to customer service job openings, and an internet-ready computer learning lab. It even offers a customer service / ESOL program for non-native English speakers.

Located at the Westfield Shoppingtown in Wheaton, the center will be the official testing site for the National Professional Certification in Customer Service, a nationally recognized credential for the industry. For more information, contact the Sales and Service Learning Center at (240) 403-3600 or info@montgomeryworks.com.

For more information, click here.

Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC)

The recent U.S. Department of Defense Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) 2005 recommendations have major implications for Montgomery County. The Walter Reed Army Medical Center is to be realigned to establish the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland at the current campus of the National Naval Medical Center. It is estimated that this realignment will result in the doubling in size of the current campus and adding anywhere from 3,000 to 4,000 new jobs. Another key BRAC action is the recommended realignment of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), also in Bethesda, which will move approximately 3,000 jobs to Northern Virginia. MontgomeryWorks can assist jobseekers looking for new jobs in BRAC related careers and can also assist those workers impacted by the NGA base closure. See a MontgomeryWorks Resource Specialist for details.

Workshops and Training

Career Development Workshops serve the many job seekers who need new skills for entering or re-entering the workforce. These short-term career workshops provide quality training in a variety of subjects, including resume writing, successful interviewing, job search and career planning, basic computer operation, word processing, and internet searching. We also offer early intervention job readiness workshops for unemployment insurance claimants who want to return to work and an Online Learning Center for developing or upgrading your computer skills.

You may register for workshops at the MontgomeryWorks location nearest you.

Individual Training Accounts enable MontgomeryWorks to provide vouchers for eligible adult and dislocated workers to purchase occupational skills training from providers selected in consultation with their case managers. The training focuses on high-demand industry sectors, such as information technology, biotechnology, health care, construction, and retail, sales, and service-as well as basic literacy and language skills. For a list of approved training providers in Montgomery County, click here.