Career Pathways Initiative



Upper Shore, Maryland


The Upper Shore Workforce Investment Board area encompasses Kent, Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Caroline and Dorchester Counties. The geographical scope of the area is 1800 square miles or approximately 20% of the land area of the state. The population of the Upper Shore Workforce Investment Area is 156,000 people or approximately 3% of the population of the state. Taken together, the land area and population indicate a rural area. The Upper Shore economy is changing. The area has evolved from a natural resource based economy to a manufacturing based economy to most recently, a service-based economy. Hospitality and healthcare are emerging as the growth engines in the Upper Shore economy. Farming, fishing and manufacturing are declining.

The Upper Shore economy has historically been characterized by wages that lag behind the wages in other regions in the state. As the service economy has evolved, wages have remained low. Simultaneously, the region is evolving as an attractive area for retirees. These relatively affluent residents increase measures of per capita income and increase the need for healthcare and other services. The Upper Shore region has been adversely affected by the downturn in the economy. The Unemployment Rate in the region has been greater than the state Unemployment Rate and there are signs of a weak economy in sectors such as hospitality and tourism and construction that have historically been key economic engines for the region. Layoffs and closings have affected every segment of the local economy and manufacturing has been particularly hard hit. Healthcare continues to be a positive sector in the economy, but even in this relatively strong sector, turnover rates are declining so fewer jobs are being filled. The service delivery of the Upper Shore Workforce Investment system has evolved with the shrinking economy, emphasizing Rapid Response services and dislocated worker services to the workers and companies that are experiencing layoffs and closings. The Upper Shore region continues to evolve from an agrarian, seafood and small manufacturing economy into a service-based economy. The area has experienced the same growing pains as other areas in the state and national economy as this evolution has taken place.


The adult population that will benefit from the Career Pathways initiative include participants in ESOL and ABE/GED. The Upper Shore initiative will target students for a continuum of services to transition from ESOL and ABE/GED to the Workforce Investment system and the Community College system. Maryland’s goal of the Institute is to create a delivery methodology for the Upper Shore Career Pathways and will result in:

  • developing and implementing the design and delivery of training that integrates remedial education with occupational skills training including identification of existing and new resources to support the effort;
  • identifying and addressing ways to meet the needs of low-income workers for a wide range of supportive services; and,
  • Forging effective partnerships with training providers, employers, CBOs, and other stakeholders to ensure programs result in employment and career-enhancing credentials.

    Healthcare (with a focus on entry level occupations)


    • Establishment of a non-profit workforce corporation
    • Adult and correctional education is within the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (transferred from the State Dept of Education in July of 2009)


    Team Leader:

    Trudy Chara, Innovations and Programs Manager, Governor’s Workforce Investment Board (GWIB), Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR)


    • Scott Adams, Policy Fellow, Maryland Department of Human Resources
    • BJ Corbin, General Manager, Palmetto Inc.
    • Dina Daly, Director, Caroline County Department of Social Services
    • Guido DeLuca, Counselor/Director of Career Services, Chesapeake College
    • Paulette Francois, Acting Assistant Secretary, Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning (DWDAL), DLLR
    • Ray Grossman, Human Resources Director, Shore Health System
    • Melissa Mackey, Adult Director, USWIB, Chesapeake College
    • Dan McDermott, Executive Director, Upper Shore Workforce Investment Board (USWIB), Chesapeake College
    • Andy Moser, President, Maryland Workforce Corporation
    • Jackie Potter, Director of Continuing Education and Workforce Training & Executive Director, Upper Shore Manufacturing & Business Council (USMBC), Chesapeake College
    • Brandon Roberts, President, Brandon Roberts & Associates
    • Royce Sampson, President, Upper Shore WIB, Royce Enterprises
    • Patty Silver, ESL Instructor, Chesapeake College
    • Patricia Tyler, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Adult Education, DWDAL, DLLR
    • Elaine Wilson, Project Director, Chesapeake College Adult Education, Chesapeake College
    • Scott Warner, Executive Director, Mid-Shore Regional Council


    • Dr. Barbara Viniar, President, Chesapeake College
    • Elisabeth Sachs, Acting GWIB Executive Director, DLLR
    • Rodrigue Vital, New American Workforce Coordinator, DLLR – DWDAL
    • Stacy Rodgers, Deputy Secretary for Programs, Department of Human Resources
    • Dean Kendall, Education Analyst, Career/Workforce Education, Maryland Higher Education Commission
    • Clay Whitlow, Executive Director, Maryland Association of Community Colleges
    • Irene Lee, Senior Associate, Director, Successful Working Families, Annie E Casey Foundation
    • Jason Perkins-Cohen, Executive Director, Job Opportunities Task Force


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    Team Leader

    Trudy Chara, Innovations and Programs Manager, Governor’s Workforce Investment Board (GWIB),
    Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR),
    1100 N. Eutaw St., Room 108, Baltimore, MD 21201
    Office Phone: 410-767-4145