A coalition of private and public agencies will introduce what they call a "new work force" to area employees at a special business forum scheduled for Nov. 19.
The forum represents the first formal effort to market the product of local welfare reform efforts in Washington County.
Area business representatives will be briefed on welfare-to-work strategies developed by the Washington County Department of Social Services, Hagerstown Junior College, Arbor Employment Services, and the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. Matching area labor needs with a "ready, willing and able work force" is the goal of the current phase of welfare reform efforts.
"We basically want to introduce our partnership to the community," according David Engle, Social Services director. "We also want to let the community know that there is a work force available at Social Services."
Both HJC and Arbor Employment Services are under contract with the State of Maryland to assist in placing specific populations into the local work force.