ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Signifying a committed, ongoing partnership to help local job-seekers find employment, a memorandum of understanding was signed by Aberdeen Proving Ground and the Susquehanna Workforce Network Oct. 29.
On behalf of APG Army Community Service, Garrison Commander Col. Gregory McClinton and SWN Executive Director Bruce England signed the memorandum during a short ceremony on APG North (Aberdeen).
McClinton spoke of APG's commitment to a positive relationship with the local communities including exploring ways to find and publicize job opportunities within the community. He also spoke about ensuring the installation's gate doesn't serve as a barrier between APG and the greater community.
According to Marilyn Howard, ACS Employment Readiness Program manager, the memorandum was the result of several years of hard work and building relationships within the community and with SWN.
"It's really a win-win for all of us," Howard said. "It will help job seekers make informed decisions and know what resources are out there."
Through this partnership, SWN will provide workshops, referrals and other services to job seekers, in particular Family members of military and civilian personnel at APG. This includes workshops geared toward learning how to apply for federal employment.
"The memorandum serves as formal recognition of a longstanding relationship between Aberdeen Proving Ground and the Susquehanna Workforce Network," England said.
"It provides an opportunity for us to reach the military, the spouses and the entire community on APG and connect them to workforce services and employment beyond the proving ground. It also gives us ongoing access to the experts on APG so we can understand the future workforce needs of the proving ground and their related contractors."
ACS will work as a conduit to connect job seekers within the APG community to SWN, provide support to community job fairs and communicate the installation's workforce needs to the community.
For more information about the ACS Employment Readiness Program, contact Marilyn Howard at email@example.com. For more information about the Susquehanna Workforce Network, visit www.SWNetwork.org or call 410-939-4240.