- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
Southern Maryland residents south of Prince Frederick will have easier access to employment training services over the next few months.
The Southern Maryland JobSource Mobile Career Center will be at the Middleham and St. Peter’s Parish Middleham Campus, next to SMILE Ecumenical Ministries Inc., on Aug. 21, Sept. 4 and Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The mobile center makes job hunting tools accessible to community members.
“We’re hoping it will turn out to be a really valuable resource for people at the end of the county,” Hugh Davies, a member of the Christian Formation Committee at the parish, said.
A retired director at the U.S. Department of Labor employee, Davies worked for 30 years in employment training services. Now a Lusby resident, he said he sees this as his way of bringing his professional work back to his community.
“Getting information about employment is something the community is concerned about,” Davies said.
This is the first time JobSource has been available at the campus, and Davies hopes it will continue to be a monthly occurrence.
In addition to 12 computer stations, Mobile Career Center staff will be available to help individuals use and understand the computer resources, offer guidance in career planning and review resumes and cover letters.
Davies said this is a great way to receive free, individualized guidance on career development without having to drive 20 miles to Prince Frederick.
Mobile Career Center staff suggest attendees bring a flash drive with them to save their work, such as resumes and cover letters, so they can continue to build upon them for future job searches. The center is also ADA accessible with a working wheelchair ramp providing access for those with limited mobility.
SMILE Ecumenical Ministries is co-located with the Middleham Parish Hall, Davies said, and every Wednesday, many people come to SMILE because it is the first day of the week the food pantry is available. Davies said he has witnessed many people who come to SMILE to receive food supplies for their families and express interest in career counseling and guidance.
In 2010, Forbes magazine named Calvert County the 13th richest county in the nation, with a median household income of $89,040. According to a 2011 Census report, that amount grew to $92,981, compared to the median household income for the state, $72,419. That report stated the percentage of people under the poverty line was 9 percent, with Calvert County at 4.6 percent.
“Why do we have people who need this kind of service in the county?” Davies said is a popular question he hears. He said some residents may forget that certain parts of the county are not as wealthy as others.
“There’s a great deal more need in this part of the county,” Davies said. “It’s a way for us to bring services to this part of the county.”