Archive for December, 2010

Lt. Governor Brown Announces 2010 BRAC Higher Education Recipients

Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown announced 11 grants to nine institutions through the BRAC Higher Education Fund (see press release at  This is the third and final year for the grant program, which was created through legislation championed by Lt. Governor Brown during the 2008 session.  To date, 39 grants have been awarded to 19 colleges, universities and community colleges totaling more than $3.7 million.  This year’s grants total more than $865,000.

“Base Realignment in Maryland means jobs. BRAC has started and will only accelerate in the New Year, which means we must continue our commitment to developing the nation’s most highly-skilled and highly-trained workforce pipeline,” Lt. Governor Brown said.  “Our renowned colleges, universities and community colleges have provided a national model for building a competitive and innovative economy workforce.  Through the investments we’ve made together on campuses and in students across our state, I’m confident that Base Realignment will help us pull through the final days of this recession more quickly than our neighbors in other states.  The BRAC Higher Education grants have been some of the most important investments we’ve made.”

The 2010 grant recipients include a Master of Science and Associated Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Supply Chain Management at Towson University and Cybersecurity Training at Anne Arundel Community College, among others.  The full list of grants awarded today includes the following programs:

Computer Information Systems and Cybersecurity Training (Anne Arundel Community College, $90,000)

Engineering Technology Software Skills Certificate for the BRAC Workforce (Cecil College, $40,971)

Government Contracting and Logistics Degree Program for the BRAC Workforce (Cecil College, $51,441)

CCBC Cybersecurity Training Institute Virtual Laboratory (Community College of Baltimore County, $87,218)

Maryland Center of Academic Excellence Collaboration Cybersecurity Virtual Resource Lab (Capitol College, $80,475)

Medical Laboratory Technology Program (Frederick Community College, $90,000)

Online Graduate Courses in Information Assurance (Johns Hopkins University, $89,949)

Plus Two Electrical Engineering Programs (Morgan State University, $85,913)

Meeting BRAC Educational Needs in Cyber Forensics (Stevenson University, $92,488)

Expanding the Reach of the IT Programs (Towson University, $73,844)

Master of Science and Associated Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Supply Chain Management (Towson University, $85,728)

CECOM Hosts Advanced Planning Briefing and Small Business Conference

The U.S. Army Communications and Electronics Command (CECOM) hosted the Advanced Planning Briefing for Industry (APBI) and Small Business Conference on the 1st and 2nd of December, 2010.  The standing room only conference provided industry with a comprehensive overview of C4ISR Center of Excellence requirements and upcoming contract opportunities. 

During Thursday’s sessions CECOM detailed more than $25 billion in upcoming contracts, $17 billion alone on two contracts.  Besides the announcement of the various contract opportunities, CECOM has launched a new website to provided small businesses information on CECOM’s contracting opportunities:

Additional details about the event are available in today’s Baltimore Sun article.

Maryland Department of Education Meeting Demands Created by BRAC Growth

Over the past three decades, Maryland has built a strong foundation, policy by policy, to achieve national status as a leader in educational excellence. Maryland has been recognized as the nation’s number one public school system for the past two years for one simple reason: it does not stand still.

As winner of $250 million in the competitive federal Race to the Top (RTTT) program, Maryland’s objective is to move from national leader to world class status. Maryland’s goal is to continue implementing strategic reforms that will allow our students to not only compete with their peers across the nation but globally. This means recognizing and acting on the new reality that a high school diploma is just the starting point; every student must be prepared to succeed in college or the workplace.

The Maryland State Department of Education’s RTTT program will build on our solid record of school reform with a five-prong strategy that will provide the appropriate challenges and supports to students, educators, and administrators. Maryland’s strategy includes:

Ensuring that • all students are fully prepared for college and careers in the 21st Century

Building a • statewide student data system

Developing and supporting • Great Teachers and Great Leaders

Turning around • low-achieving schools

Increasing Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) resources • for elementary through high school students

In addition, by joining 48 states in adopting the Common Core State Standards, Maryland is part of a nationwide alliance to ensure students have the knowledge and skills for global competition and success in college and the world of work.

Maryland’s educational reforms will prepare our students to compete in the 21st Century global economy.  The educational system will ensure all students, to include families who are coming into the system due to BRAC growth, will participate in a rigorous Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) curriculum.  Maryland’s reform will weave STEM curriculum throughout K-12 to ensure all students are ready for college and eventually compete for employment opportunities available because of BRAC.

Today, Maryland is poised to prepare all students for college and career success in the 21st Century.

For more information about Race to the Top in Maryland, go to:

Office of Governor
WeConnect: Maryland


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