Who we are
Serving the general public in Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties, the Western Maryland Consortium is a regional workforce development agency. We strive to help workers improve their skills and find employment, leading to self-sufficiency as quickly as possible. Skilled training is limited to those with a demonstrated need and is aligned with the skill shortages that have been reported by local employers.
The Western Maryland Consortium is part of Maryland Jobs Now (MJN), a network of high-performing, results-oriented workforce organizations that invest in employment and training strategies, services, and initiatives to help Marylanders secure good-paying jobs in a thriving economy.
Services available through the Western Maryland Consortium include:
- Job Search Assistance
- Resume Development
- Internet Job Search
- Career Information
- Interest Testing and Evaluation
- Case Management
- Skill Training
If you are interested in improving your skills or need assistance with your job search, please contact the nearest Western Maryland Consortium office.
Company History. Since 1974
Formed in 1974, the Western Maryland Consortium was created through an agreement between the Boards of County Commissioners of member counties – Allegany, Garrett, and Washington – to provide workforce development services to regional residents.
The mission of the Consortium is to provide informational, educational, and job training services to unemployed or underemployed adults, youth, and dislocated workers who are residents of western Maryland.
Our services are funded under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) with the goals of increasing employment, retention, earnings, and occupational skills of participants. As a result, the State of Maryland and nation as a whole will experience improved workforce quality, reduced welfare dependency, and enhanced productivity and competitiveness.
The total of all WIOA grant funding available for Fiscal Year 2024 is $3,456,716. WIOA grants are fully funded by the U.S. Department of Labor through a combination of grants covering multiple years as described below.
The multi-year ARPA II grant is fully funded by the Federal government through the American Rescue Plan Act and distributed by the State of MD/U.S. Department of Labor for distribution to the Local Workforce Areas. The available funds for FY24 are $1,866,057.