November 8, 2019
Join MACo, Associated Black Charities , the MD Center on Economic Policy , and Maryland Hunger Solutions for an eye-opening symposium on policy making through a racial equity lens. Learn how to make more equitable policies for the good of all Marylanders.
This event will focus on supporting policy makers in understanding the benefits of using a racial equity lens in creating more equitable policies for Maryland; authentically engaging the communities - especially those that have been historically marginalized; and highlighting "Best Practices" in counties.
Early Registration Ends TODAY!

“Building for the Future”
December 4-6, 2019
Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel, Cambridge, MD


Conduit Street Podcast Corner:
On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson discuss the latest news and notes from Annapolis, including some interesting races and intriguing ballot initiatives from Election Day, as well as a recap of the latest meeting of the [Kirwan] Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education – including the latest drama surrounding the panel as proponents and opponents of its recommendations ramp up their advocacy efforts.
Listen to any MACo Podcast Episode:
Counties In Action
Mayor Young Announces Creation of Children's Cabinet
Montgomery County Launched Its "Be Safe, Be Seen" Campaign
Talbot Held Development Meeting for New Frederick Douglas Park

Corporate Partner Corner

On National STEM Day, MACo's Bronze Corporate Partner Panasonic announced they have invested $1.9M and reached nearly 40,000 students in STEM education initiatives since 2018.

Unfortunately, coding classes aren’t offered in 90% of U.S. high schools. Furthermore, in 33 of the 50 states in the U.S., computer science classes aren’t counted as high school math or science graduation requirements. 

This gap presents an opportunity. By addressing the lack of computer science education for students in underserved communities, access to new employment opportunities can be created. At the same time, businesses can foster the talent they need to fill these emerging positions. Still, how exactly do we help connect students to skills, confidence and leadership building?

Bridging the gap

To address this, Panasonic is working with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation in the process to help America fulfill its workforce needs going forward. One initiative includes the launch of a coding institute in Newark, home of Panasonic’s North America headquarters. Subsequent institutes Reno, NV, Atlanta, GA and Calexico, CA are also planned. These institutes will operate as an extension of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s successful Coding as a Second Language program. 

The Coding as a Second Language program is a national initiative to introduce and teach Latino youth computer programming. The program makes pathways in tech accessible to underrepresented minorities and transform communities by providing access to technology where there is otherwise little available. What started in Los Angeles as a pilot program has now grown to 50 different markets.

These programs include six weeks of instruction. Along with a mentoring component, there are follow-ups that offer additional support. These connections can lead to industry apprenticeships and full-time opportunities.

For more information, visit Panasonic's website.

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