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It takes more than steam to move a train!

Posted on:Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 @ 8:12 am


Mike Kessell registered with the Allegany County Office of the Western Maryland Consortium with the intent of pursuing a training program that would provide not just a job –but a career….

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Job Success with WMC Work Experience Program

Posted on:Friday, March 8th, 2019 @ 3:41 pm


Amanda Lloyd, a certified phlebotomist, received on the job training at Garrett Regional Medical Center through Western Maryland Consortium’s Work Experience Program. Through participating in the two-month program, she gained hands-on experience that enabled her to land a full-time position working in GRMC’s lab department.

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Column: On-the-Job Training Program a tool to connect employers, workers

Posted on:Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 @ 8:38 am


By Susan Small for Crossroads Business Journal HAGERSTOWN, Md. – It’s the age-old adage: Unemployed are looking for a job, underemployed are searching for a better job, and companies are on a quest for qualified employees. As the Washington County (Md.) Business Development staff is out in the community, workforce efforts are often a hot topic. …

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Stewart: Overcoming barriers ‘means the world to me’

Posted on:Friday, October 12th, 2018 @ 1:54 pm


Fort Hill grad enters workforce with sense of purpose * Follow the Consortium on Facebook! CUMBERLAND, Md., Oct. 12, 2018 – A couple of summers ago, Delanté Stewart seemed like he was facing a mountain. Of dishes, that is. Stewart, then 21 years old, had a job at a local restaurant that required him to …

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Stratton: ‘Know that the tough times won’t last forever’

Posted on:Friday, August 31st, 2018 @ 9:21 am


Local woman climbs ladder of success with Consortium’s help * Follow the Western Maryland Consortium on Facebook! CUMBERLAND, Md., Aug. 31, 2018 – In late 2009, Nicole Stratton was at her wit’s end. A single mother of three children ages 13, 10 and 6 months, she was tired of feeling underpaid and overworked in her …

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Herald-Mail: Summer job program a home run for Boonsboro baseball fan

Posted on:Monday, August 27th, 2018 @ 8:03 am

This Herald-Mail photo shows Andrew Himes, a Western Maryland Consortium client, working with at Municipal Stadium with the Hagerstown Suns.

By Janet Heim If Andrew Himes of Boonsboro could pick his dream job, it would definitely be related to baseball. A baseball fan since elementary school, Andrew devotes countless hours to listening to the Baltimore Orioles on the radio in his room. His family doesn’t have MASN, the cable channel that carries Orioles games. He …

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Homecoming: LaVale woman works through barriers to land dream job

Posted on:Friday, August 24th, 2018 @ 8:39 am


CRESAPTOWN, Md., Aug. 24, 2018 — The road back home for Emily Howsare was chock full of ruts and potholes. Her landing spot, however, has been as smooth as silk. Howsare, 20, of LaVale, recently began her new position as teacher’s aide at Calvary Christian Academy in Cresaptown. Howsare had left CCA after 13 years …

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Full steam ahead, never looking back

Posted on:Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 @ 3:24 pm

The world of telesales can be an unpredictable and often stressful experience for an employee.  Meeting deadlines and filling required quotas can seem like an uphill battle at times.  This was the case for Michelle.  After some time in this profession, and after the struggle of managing these deadlines and quotas, she made the difficult …

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Coming back better than ever

Posted on:Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 @ 3:22 pm

Sometimes life throws you a curveball.  And sometimes it throws you right off your feet. For Rachel, it started when the family moved to northwestern Pennsylvania for her husband’s job.  She had been working as an auditor but couldn’t find similar work in their new community.  “That kind of career path just didn’t exist,” she …

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