The Susquehanna Workforce Network last month signed a memorandum of understanding with Aberdeen Proving Ground intended to support personnel entering the civilian job market as well as people seeking employment at the northeastern Maryland installation.
Both parties have worked in partnership for years, but a formal agreement was needed to comply with Army regulations, reported the Cecil Whig.
“It truly is a win-win, because as an office of one, Susquehanna Workforce Network brings a lot of resources,” said Marilyn Howard, the employment manager for the Army Community Service’s Family Support Center. “They benefit by getting increased communication of what is going on at the installation.”
The partnership got under way after the last round of BRAC when Fort Monmouth, N.J., was designated for closure. In response, the workforce group developed a transition center for personnel relocating to Aberdeen.
The new agreement will increase the organization’s contact with civilians and military personnel at Aberdeen, as well as their families, said Bruce England, executive director or the workforce network.
The network holds workshops for new hires at the proving ground to explain what resources are available to them on and off the post. The group also hosts resume and interview workshops, career assessments, and technical training for those seeking a new position on the installation, according to the story.
“Working with Susquehanna Workforce brought me a lot of insight into the opportunities that exist,” Howard said. “I want our population to know all that is offered outside of our gates, because the gate isn’t a barrier.”