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Lower Shore Workforce Alliance and Somerset County Public Schools opening doors for students. Click to view video on WMDT News.


LSWA & Somerset county opening doors for students

March 15, 2024 
Chris Brunk

Lower Shore Workforce Alliance and Somerset County Public Schools opening doors for students. Click to view video on WMDT News.

SALISBURY, Md – Somerset County students had a chance to learn about what career opportunities are within their reach today at the American Job Center.

Thanks to a partnership between Somerset county and the Lower Shore Workforce Alliance (LSWA), students got a chance to explore what career paths might be right for them. Somerset County Career Coach and Youth Apprenticeship Coordinator Leigh Pressley noted the broad range of benefits of the partnership, saying, “This will allow our students to be able to do youth apprenticeships, internships, gain work experience. Also soft skills, life skills, and just on the job training that is needed.”

Leslie Porter-Cabell, Workforce director with LSWA, says students don’t have to go far to find a promising opportunity: “We have industries on the lower shore that, if you don’t go to college, there is that career pathway to a livable wage, where they can graduate high school, go right into work, and then actually be able to stay on the lower shore.”

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6th annual JA Inspire returns, connects Maryland students with various career paths

Lower Shore Workforce Alliance showcased their virtual reality headset, giving students a chance to see what it’s like to work in industries from engineering all the way down to healthcare. We’re told that the goal is to let students know they have options. “We help if people are interested in certain kinds of trainings. Some of the high demand ones are CDL, CNA, and welding,” LSWA Job Placement Coordinator Bonnie Nay said.

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Maryland Department of Labor Secretary Portia Wu standing in front of the American Job Center Mobile Unit surrounded by Lower Shore Workforce Alliance staff.

American Job Center

Secretary Wu visits the American Job Center

Maryland Department of Labor Secretary Portia Wu standing in front of the American Job Center Mobile Unit surrounded by Lower Shore Workforce Alliance staff.

Maryland Department of Labor Portia Wu recently visited the American Job Center in Salisbury, one of the largest centers in the state.

The Lower Shore American Job Center and its workforce partners, Lower Shore Workforce Alliance and Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland serve residents and small businesses in Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester counties.

This unique collaboration provides access to job search resources, and participants can also access transportation and childcare to support their professional pursuits while on-site at the AJC.

Job seekers and employers can benefit from mobile services and in-person services like industry training programs, self-paced digital literacy classes and IT certifications, résumé preparation, recruitment assistance, and virutal training simulations for businesses looking to employ locally for leading local sectors.

The Lower Shore American Job Center in Salisbury is open from 8 AM – 4 PM, Monday through Friday. The learn more, visit

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Fundamentals of Construction Graduates

Lower Shore Workforce Alliance celebrated the graduation of its Fundamentals of Construction class on June 16th, 2023. Upon program completion, graduates participated in a recognition ceremony followed by a reception allowing them the opportunity to network and schedule interviews with regional employe

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Lower Shore 4E Partnership

The Lower Shore 4E Partnership envisions a community where businesses and job seekers come together to strengthen the workforce in Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties through implementing strategies that address four essential E’s:

  • ENGAGE – Engaging Businesses and Job Seekers through marketing, virtual and in-person job fairs, easy online applications and reaching out to businesses to listen to their needs and adapt programming to address those needs.
  • EMPLOY – Increasing employment opportunities by offering re-employment incentives to assist businesses in filling positions, online job readiness training for job seekers and businesses, career counseling, job fairs and recruitment events.
  • EDUCATE – Training tuition funding and completion incentive awards toward earning a professional credential and obtaining employment Coaching for those enrolled in online trainings to support achieving learning success. Full access to SkillUp™ Lower Shore to explore career paths and enroll in any of over 5,000 courses.
  • EQUIP – Assisting job seekers, employees and business in addressing barriers to employment, including transportation assistance, referrals to appropriate social service providers, assisting a business set up an apprenticeship program or on the job training program to upskill current employees.

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SkillUp® Lower Shore

SkillUp® Lower Shore initiative is available to help residents take charge of their futures and prepare to get back to work. Offering virtual career services, SkillUp® Lower Shore can help workers improve their employability by offering free and unlimited access to more than 5,000 high-quality online training courses for 180 days.

SkillUp® Lower Shore enables users to demonstrate the kind of initiative employers are looking for by upgrading their skills – even while some traditional means remain inaccessible due to the current environment. Through SkillUp® Lower Shore, the Metrix online learning platform provides unlimited access to more than 5,000 Skillsoft courses – the same courses used by most Fortune 500 companies to train their own employees. Courses (presented in English and Spanish) include:

· Customer Service; Quick Books

· Microsoft Office; Adobe

· Analytical Skills; Data Management/Reporting

· Time Management; Leadership Skills

· Health & Safety; First Aid

· And many more skill tracks

For residents interested in pursuing an industry-recognized certification, SkillUp® Lower Shore offers over 100 certification training tracks.

To review the course catalog and to get your free online learning license, visit today!

If you are interested in further career services, please reach out to Lower Shore Workforce Alliance at

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