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Workforce Development

Partners, Programs and Resources

Finding and keeping a skilled workforce is the driving force behind your company’s success.  Human capital is an important commodity in any industry.  REDI partners with the resources below to help you find, keep and train your employees.

WorkSource Montgomery links economic development and workforce efforts in the County through a variety of services geared towards bot the employer and employee. Services for employers include talent development and retention, market research, recruitment, and screening.

  • Skillup Montgomery – This regional resource supported by WorkSource Montgomery is designed to help Montgomery County build a workforce ecosystem that supports positive economic development. Job seekers can explore career paths, view local job postings and receive workforce services. Employers can search for qualified candidates, post jobs and receive in-depth consulting to address hiring and training needs.
  • Grant Relief for Onboarding Workers (GROW) Grant – Financial assistance for qualifying businesses negatively impacted by the pandemic to cover the cost of onboarding training of new hires.
  • Community Asset Map – A searchable database of services to help employees including career counseling and development, child care, job placement and follow-up services, leadership development, occupational skill training, support for individuals with disabilities, and work-based learning among others.
  • Montgomery County Career Advising Program (MoCo CAP): A collaborative effort headed by WorkSource Montgomery in partnership with Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), Montgomery College, and the Universities at Shady Grove to develop and deliver Career Advising Services for all Montgomery County Public Schools Middle and High School students

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) helps prepare students entering the workforce with special programs:

Montgomery College Workforce Development and Continuing Education Division provides workforce training, including customized and contact training.

UMBC at the Universities of Shady Grove has collaborated with Montgomery College and Montgomery County Public Schools to offer a unique STEM focused program:

  • STEM Ready: Support and services for students to pursue a seamless pathway to a 4-year college degree in select STEM fields, with a focus on expanding the diverse career-ready pool of graduates in the region.

Maryland Workforce Exchange allows employers to post and manage multiple job offerings, search the pool of job seekers, access training programs and human resource information, and more.

Maryland Department of Labor resources:



Workforce Education Roundtables

To help employers map out a road to recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic, REDI’s Workforce Education Committee, chaired by REDI Board Member Dr. Kimberly Kelley of Montgomery College, hosted several virtual roundtable discussions to help Rockville and other area businesses address timely issues employers faced. Watch the video replays below.

June 2020:  The Impact of COVID-19 on the Regional Economy (presentation only)
Featuring: Dr. Kevin Long, Acting Interim Chief of Staff, Montgomery College, Presenter 
Breakout Session 1 Facilitators:
Dr. Annica Wayman, Associate Dean for Shady Grove Affairs, Natural and Mathematical Sciences, The Universities at Shady Grove (lead)
Dr. Genevieve Floyd, Supervisor, Career and Postsecondary Partnerships, MCPS
Dr. Sanjay Rai, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Montgomery College
Ann Marie Gunning, Manager, Maryland Department of Labor
Whitney Harmel, Vice President of Membership and Development, Maryland Chamber of Commerce
Ryan Gandy, Deputy Director, REDI

Breakout Session 2 Facilitators:
Steve Greenfield, Dean of Business, Information Technology and Safety, Montgomery College (lead)
Dr. Kathryn Davis, Dean, Business, Hospitality and Paralegal Studies, Montgomery College
Richard Alvarez, President, The Brand Institute
Ginamarie Best, Navigator/ATR, Maryland Department of Labor
Marji Graf, President & CEO, Rockville Chamber of Commerce
Dr. Kimberly Kelley, Vice President/Provost, Arts, Business, Education, English, and Social Sciences, Montgomery College


September 2020: Workforce Education and Employer Needs 
Dr. Ernesto Chanona, Senior Manager, Office of BioHealth and Life Sciences, Maryland Department of Commerce (Moderator)
Leonard Howie, Acting CEO, WorkSource Montgomery
Mark Drury, Vice President of Business Development, Shapiro and Duncan Mechanical Contractors
Ed Harrington, Maryland/DC Regional President, John Marshall Bank
Leslie Torbett, Vice President of Talent Acquisition, TISTA Science and Technology Corporation
José Ochoa, Chief Business Office, Altimmune
Barbara Ebel, Labor Exchange Administrator, Montgomery County Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning, Maryland Department of Labor


December 2020:  Spaces, Places, and Skills:  Creating Community, not Silos
Featuring:  Dale Cyr, CEO and Executive Director, Inteleos (Moderator)
Morgan Sullivan, Senior Managing Director, JLL
Bob Fox, Chairman and Principal, Fox Architects
Brian Cotter, Senior Vice President of Leasing, JBG Smith
Stacy Rollinger, Director of Human Resources, The Emmes Company
Natalya Bah, Workforce Development & Continuing Education, Montgomery College
Jamal Douglas, Workforce Development & Continuing Education, Montgomery College
Connie Dudley, Graduate Program Director, University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)


March 2021:  Turbulence on Re-entry—Employers, Employees and the Vaccine
Featuring:  Michael Gottlieb, Attorney and Founder of Momentum Law Group (Moderator)
Dr. Joe Sliman, Chief Medical Officer, The Emmes Company
Dr. Arlene Pietranton, Chief Executive Officer, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Lynn Perry Parker, Attorney & Founder, LPP Law
Jennifer Hester, Chief Human Resources Officer, The Emmes Company


May 2021 – New Cyber-threats in the Next Normal: Issues Employers Need to Address as Work Environments Evolve
Featuring:  Joe Roundy, CISSP, Cybersecurity Program Manager at Montgomery College (Moderator)
Harry Perper, Principal Cybersecurity Technologist, MITRE
Alexander Stolz, North American Business Head, Ekran System
Mark Meszaros, CEO, vCIO, at Digital Industry
Tom Breeden, Supervisory Special Agent, FBI Baltimore Cyber 2