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  • STEMMIDDLE-SKILL CAREER PATHWAYSIN THE BALTIMORE REGION

    Engineering

    Science

    Mathematics

    Technology

  • Associated Black Charities and the Greater Baltimore Committee

    would like to thank the more than 50 Baltimore region businesses,

    nonprofits, and philanthropic leaders who participated in interviews

    to inform this study. Without your insights, this report on Baltimores

    middle-skill STEM careers would not be possible.

    We would also like to extend a very special thank you to Dr. Freeman

    Hrabowski, President of the University of Maryland Baltimore County,

    for his sound advice & guidance.

    Research & writing conducted by Chris Seals, President Field Guide Consulting

    Interviews conducted by Shaina Hernandez Greater Baltimore Committee

    Chris Seals Field Guide Consulting

    Tanya Terrell Associated Black Charities

    This study was made possible by the generous support of The Abell Foundation & The Baltimore Metropolitan Council/ Opportunity Collaborative

    Acknowledgments

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  • Organization Participants

    3D Maryland Jan Baum, Executive Director

    ABAG Workforce Funders Group Linda Dworak, Director, Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative

    Abell Foundation Robert Embry Jr., President

    Bonnie Legro, Senior Program Officer, Education

    Melanie Styles, Program Officer, Workforce Development

    ApploiDaniel Freedman, Chief Strategy Officer/ Head of Business Development

    Baltimore Alliance for Careers in Healthcare

    Laura Spada, Executive Director

    Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce Keith Scott, President & CEO

    Bank of AmericaJanet Currie, Senior Vice President, Baltimore Market Manager Enterprise Business & Community Engagement

    BGE - Baltimore Gas & Electric Calvin G. Butler Jr., Chief Executive Officer

    Kenneth Lockie, Manager of Talent Acquisition

    Valencia McClure, Director of Communications/Corporate Relations

    David Vosvick II, Vice President of Human Resources

    Stephen Woerner, President & COO

    Biotechnical Institute of Maryland, Inc. Kathleen Weiss, Executive Director

    BithGroup Technologies Robert L. Wallace, President & CEO

    Bon Secours Shawn Mende, Human Resource Manager

    CareFirst Gregory Ewing, JD, MPH, CISSP, Manager

    Comcast Karen Bookard, Senior Director of Recruitment

    Samantha Callahan, Vice President of Human Resources

    Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corp (Cyberworks)

    LeVorn Smalley, Industry Navigator for IT / Cybersecurity

    Danko Arlington, Inc. John D. Danko, President

    Department of Business & Economic Dev. (DBED)

    Carl Livesay, Manufacturing Director

    Digital Harbor Foundation Andrew Coy, Executive Director

    Digit All Systems Lance Lucas, Executive Director

    Exelon Dee Torres, Manager, Talent Acquisition

    GBMC - Greater Baltimore Medical Center Dione Harrison, Human Resources Manager

    Horseshoe Casino Jacqueline Grace, Vice President of Human Resources

    Howard Community CollegeJennifer Bukowitz Keller, Nursing and Allied Health Program Director

    Humanim, Inc. Mary Manzoni, Vice President of Workforce Development

    Susan Tagliaferro, Consultant

    JARC - Jane Addams Resource Center Regan Brewer Johnson, Associate Director - Programs

    Guy Loudon, Executive Director

    Manny Rodriguez, Director of Replication and Strategic Partnerships

    3STEM MIDDLE-SKILLED CAREER PATHWAYS IN THE BALTIMORE REGION

  • Organization Participants

    Johns Hopkins University Dawn Butler, Manager

    Charlene Moore Hayes, Vice President for Human Resources

    Juxtopia, LLC Dr. Jayfus Tucker Doswell, President / CEO

    LifeBridge Health Cheryl Boyer, Vice President of Human Resources

    Anita Hammond, Manager for Workforce Development

    Lockheed MartinStephanie Hill, Vice President & General Manager at Lockheed Martin MST

    Katherine Trinidad, Communications Director

    Marlin Steel Drew Greenblatt, President

    Maryland Live Stephen Heise, SPHR, Vice President of Human Resources

    Maryland New Directions Grace Lee, Executive Director

    Claire Watson, Program Director

    Maryland Thermoform Scott Macdonald, President

    Mayors Office of Employment Development Baltimore City

    Jason Perkins-Cohen, Director

    M.L. Whelley Consulting, LLC Michele L. Whelley, Principal

    One Source Imaging Solutions Jim Riley, General Manager

    Opportunity Collaborative/Baltimore Metropolitan Council

    Mike Kelly, Executive Director

    Potomac Mike Adelstein, President & CEO

    Robert W. Deutsch Foundation Jane Brown, President and Executive Director

    Neil Didriksen, Chief Operating Officer

    Will Holman, Project Coordinator

    Cindy Paradies, Program Officer

    RTGX Armando Seay, Founder & Executive Vice President

    State Farm Erin Bailey, Public Affairs Specialist

    Christopher Gude, Vice-President Agency/ Sales

    Strategic Thinking for Social Change Martha Holleman, Consultant

    The Business Network for Maryland Off-Shore Wind

    Liz Burdock, Executive Director

    University of Maryland Medical System Jordan Dunham, Recruitment Team Lead

    Jo-Ann Williams, Manger - Workforce Development

    University of Maryland University College Javier Miyares, President

    Dr. Joyce Shirazi, Senior Vice President & Chief of Staff

    Wells Fargo Andrew Bertamini, Regional President - Maryland Region

    Anna Bard, Senior Vice President, Community Affiars Manager

    Whiting Turner Timothy Regan, President & CEO

    Chris Lambertson, Senior Manager

    4

  • IntroductionFollowing the citys unrest on April 27, 2015 Baltimore Citys government leaders, nonprofit organizations, business leaders and community activists have been keenly focused on how to provide better opportunities to more of Baltimores citizens. Baltimore City residents face significant barriers to employment that prevent many from obtaining well-paying jobs. However, there lies great opportunity within the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields for individuals who do not have a bachelors degree but are able to obtain some education, training or certifications. These middle-skill jobs often pay higher wages than careers with similar levels of education and offer many opportunities for advancement.

    The purpose of the study was to examine opportunities and recommend strategies to increase the talent pipeline of workers in middle-skill STEM careers by:

    uncovering career pathway opportunities;

    defining core knowledge, skills and attributes that employers find desirable;

    outlining education and credentialing along each career path; and

    highlighting challenges and barriers faced by workers that keep jobs out of reach.

    Many of the regions largest employers contributed to this study and have expressed or demonstrated an interest in partnering with local educational institutions and workforce intermediaries to train and employ workers for these careers.

    Of those interviewed for the study, there was broad consensus that in order to improve access to middle-skill STEM careers, Baltimores workforce development system will need to create and strengthen sector-based strategies that identify clear and effective on-ramps and career pathways leading to middle-skill STEM careers. Concurrently, they will need to help adult job seekers overcome barriers to employment such as substandard reading and math skills, access to reliable transportation and affordable housing, institutional and racial barriers, and prevalent contact with the criminal justice system.

    This study builds on the work of the Opportunity Collaboratives reports on the Baltimore Regional Talent Development Pipeline and Regional Workforce Development Strategic Plan and identifies several of Baltimores existing career pathways that lead to middle-skill STEM careers. The report identifies opportunities to develop new career pathways and strengthen existing ones. For some STEM career fields, local strategies for increasing access to these careers are well-developed and workforce development resources serving these sectors are reasonably robust. For other STEM fields, resources are underdeveloped with few programs providing effective on-ramps for people with barriers to employment opportunity.

    This study brings attention to the regions promising middle-skill STEM opportunities. A clear understanding of the viable middle-skill STEM career paths will be critical to capacity-building and effective workforce development investments that provide greater access for more Baltimore residents.

    5STEM MIDDLE-SKILLED CAREER PATHWAYS IN THE BALTIMORE REGION

  • Table of Contents

    7 Executive Summary8 What are Baltimores Middle-Skill

    STEM Careers?9 High Opportunity Sectors

    10 Sector 1: Energy10 Sector 2: Advanced Manufacturing11 Sector 3: Information Technology12 Sector 4: Design & Construction13 Sector 5: Healthcare14 Sector 6: Biosciences

    14 Making Middle-Skill STEM Workforce Development Work

    15 Energy15 Jobs In Power and Gas Utilities16 Exelon and Baltimore Gas and Electric16 A Career in Utilities16 Entry Requirements18 Career Paths in Utilities18 Earnings Potential20 Utilities Occupations22 Future Jobs in Offshore Wind

    22 Future Demand for Offshore Wind Technicians

    23 Getting Started23 Wind Maintenance Career Ladders

    24 Wind Technician Education and Training24 Recruiting Wind Technicians24 Wind Technician Career Path and Earnings24 Wind Energy Occupations

    26 Advanced Manufacturing Careers27 CNC Machining and Metalwork27 Beginning a Career In CNC Machining28 Baltimo