Frederick is home to Frederick County Workforce Services (FCWS), a one-stop career center focused on closing the skill shortage gap and getting our citizens back to work.
One recent example is Stephen Robinson, a Frederick County resident who had been employed in a leadership position at a Frederick-based IT company when it was acquired by another company located in Pennsylvania. Changes in staffing ultimately resulted in the loss of his employment, and he was referred to FCWS. He was surprised by what he found there: “When I came to FCWS, I expected some basics about resumes or interviewing, but didn’t feel I had much to learn with respect to job search at my level. The orientation covered so much more than I expected,” he shared.
Even though he had a lot of work experience, Mr. Robinson needed to sharpen his technical skills in order to compete in a rapidly changing job market. With support from FCWS, he entered a Cisco Boot camp for the CCIE certification – “Cisco’s highest certification and the IT equivalent of the BAR exam.“ After 7 months of intense studying, completing labs and class work, Mr. Robinson was offered a contractual position with First Data in Hagerstown. Although he had hoped for a permanent position with benefits, he viewed this opportunity as a foot in the door and a chance to prove his value. Five months later, he was offered a full-time job with the company – with a full benefits package.
Mr. Robinson summarizes his experience by stating, “Without the support of FCWS and the class they helped me get into, this would not have been possible.”
Frederick County Workforce Services
Located at the Business and Employment Center