Archive for February, 2011


Maryland education tallied another number one national ranking today as the College Board released its annual report on the rigorous Advanced Placement (AP) program.

The percentage of Maryland seniors who earned a score of 3 or higher on one or more AP exams reached 26.4 percent in 2010, the highest percentage in the nation for the third  straight year and 1.6 percentage points better than 2009, according to the College Board’s “Annual AP Report to the Nation.”   

Maryland also ranked first in the nation in the percentage of graduating seniors who had taken AP exams in the mathematics and sciences disciplines.  Maryland placed second to Florida in the total percentage of seniors completing an AP exam (43.4 percent to Florida’s 43.5).

“Advanced Placement Report to the Nation: 2011,” the College Board’s seventh annual analysis of the college-level assessment program, gives many high marks to efforts taking place in Maryland schools.  For example:

Maryland is one of 14 states recognized for having eliminated the equity and excellence gap in AP achievement for the Hispanic and Latino population.  While Hispanics were 7.1 percent of the Maryland population last year, 7.7 percent of the seniors who scored 3 or higher on the AP exam were Hispanic.

Maryland also has seen a big increase in the percentage of Black/African American students having success on the AP assessments.  Nearly 10 percent (9.9 percent) of students receiving a grade of 3 or better in Maryland were Black/African American.  That is the fifth-highest percentage among states in the nation. 

The Maryland State Department of Education press release can be found at:

Complete results are available at


Cecil College and Harford Community College, in partnership with and Susquehanna Workforce Network, present “Monster Power Seeker” Workshops.  Both workshops will be held on Tuesday, February 22, 2011, at Harford Community College from 9:00 A.M. until noon in Edgewood Hall, Room E132 and at Cecil College, from 2:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M. at the Conference Center, Technology Building on the North East Campus.

Admission to both workshops is free.  All potential participants must enroll on the Maryland Workforce Exchange,, prior to registering for the workshop at  Registration for each event is limited to the first 100 people who sign up.

For assistance on registering on the MWE contact:

Aberdeen Workforce Center – 410-272-5400

Bel Air Workforce Center – 410-836-4603

Cecil County Workforce Center – 410-996-0550

The workshops are geared towards helping possible candidates prepare for the upcoming Defense Technology Intelligence Job Fair to be held on 10 March 2011.  Participants will learn how to: prepare competitive resumes, to include using the right keywords, formatting, tools available to them and what pitfalls to avoid; interviewing techniques and preparation and networking tips and strategy development.

National Academy of Sciences Special Report on BRAC Transportation Concerns

The National Academy of Sciences released a new report, on 7 February 2011, detailing traffic concerns related to the 2005 BRAC moves.  The report states that a side effect of the BRAC moves has been increased traffic congestion, especially in those bases located in metropolitan areas.  

Committee members specify short, medium, and long term recommendations to ease congestion, to include DoD revising the military’s share of road improvements and Congressional appropriation or reallocation to pay for near-term improvements. 

The National Academy of Sciences’ press release and full report can be found at:

Washington Post article:

BRAC City Commuter Happy Hour

LiveBaltimore will be hosting a City Commuter Happy Hour on Thursday, 24 February 2011, from 4 to 8 PM at DellaRose’s Tavern in Canton.  The happy hour is for Baltimore City residents who commute to Aberdeen Proving Ground or Ft. Meade and provide them an opportunity to connect with other commuters to set up carpools, vanpools or other commuting options.  Complimentary food and drinks will be provided. 

Additional information can be found at
DellaRose’s Tavern – Canton
1501 South Clinton Street
Baltimore, MD 21224


Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown, chair of the Governor’s Subcabinet on Base Realignment (BRAC), released of the 2010 BRAC Progress Report. The 2010 Progress Report reflects a number of programs and activities to address the needs of incoming employers, workers and their families, as well as the accommodating communities.

“After four years of building partnerships and preparing the physical infrastructure and human capital to make BRAC a success, we can see the finish line. Still, we must continue to build on what we’ve done to ensure that we stay ready for BRAC through the September 2011 realignment and into the years ahead,” Lt. Governor Brown said. “During challenge times, we’ve protected our priorities and built on our progress. Today – in large part because of the 60,000 BRAC jobs coming to Maryland – we are better positioned than other states to pull out of this recession more quickly.”

The Progress Report highlights the Subcabinet’s accomplishments, including that launch of the BRAC internship Website, a new down-payment assistance match for BRAC families, groundbreakings on vital BRAC transportation projects and the final round of BRAC Higher Education Fund grants. The report also lays out the Subcabinet’s priority focus areas for 2011, including work to build and maintain a highly qualified workforce pipeline, legislative commitments to protect funding for the BRAC Zones. The Subcabinet will lean on established partnerships in state, federal and local government to advance the “High/Low” transportation strategy, implement priority projects, advance Smart Growth projects in BRAC influenced areas and help local businesses – along with small and minority-owned businesses – compete for BRAC-related contracts..

BRAC will create 20,000 direct jobs this year and as many as 60,000 total jobs before 2015.

In 2007, the Subcabinet released the State’s BRAC Action Plan, which lists specific tasks to meet the challenges of growth due to the influx of residents and jobs into the State. Every year since the release of the State’s BRAC Action Plan, a progress report has been published highlighting the accomplishments of the year and details the challenges remaining.

The 2010 BRAC Progress Report is posted online at

Office of Governor
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