Empowering Youth for Future Careers: Collaboration Between HCC, HCPS, and SWN Under ‘The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future
Blueprint for Maryland’s Future
In a significant move towards youth empowerment, Harford Community College (HCC), Harford County Public Schools (HCPS), and the Susquehanna Workforce Network (SWN) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to bolster ‘The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future’ through a comprehensive career coaching program.
Representing SWN, Al Reeves, the In-School Youth Program Coaching Coordinator and Program Manager, will work with HCC and HCPS to fortify the scheme’s development, hiring 12 career coaches. These coaches will directly support middle and high school students, with additional assistance for HCPS’s Spanish-speaking students.
HCC will further empower the program by offering substantive training to career coaches and supplying vital resources that enhance the career planning process. HCC’s contribution will open doors to experiential opportunities, such as internships, service learning, and employment under the Maryland Leads program, facilitating students to explore and determine potential career paths.
Superintendent of HCPS, Dr. Sean Bulson, highlights the significance of these alliances, expressing hope that “this program will empower our students with the guidance and resources they need to pave their way to a successful future.”
Set to roll out in Fiscal Year 2024 (July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024), this collaborative program aims to weave a network of support for students, facilitating them with tools to shape a prosperous career, thereby creating a robust workforce and thriving economy for Cecil and Harford Counties.