American Job Center Partners,
Four years ago, the Prince George’s County Public Workforce System embarked on a journey to transform itself into being one of the best local public workforce systems in the United States. We started with the Prince George’s County Workforce Development Board, modifying the branding, improving the composition (being more inclusive) and realigning the Board’s infrastructure. The next step was remodeling and branding the Prince George’s County Public Workforce System as the Prince George’s County American Job Center Community Network. The third step was the creation of Employ Prince George’s, Inc., a quasi-government nonprofit that serves as the principal workforce development entity for Prince George’s County, staff, fiscal agent and administrative agent of the Prince George’s County Workforce Development Board, and the operator of the Prince George’s County American Job Center Community Network. The fourth step in this transformation was adopting the American Job Center branding for our one-stop career centers, the reopening of American Job Center Largo, the opening of the Youth Career Center in Suitland, and the most recent opening of American Job Center National Harbor.
Today, I am proud to say that WE are now a national leader in the public workforce development sector, and WE are seen as one of the strongest public workforce systems in the Country. Our work isn’t done though, now we must develop the infrastructure on the foundation that we built. This month we will release the 2020 – 2024 Prince George’s County Local Workforce Development Area WIOA Local Integrated Plan. Before the end of Fiscal Year 2023 we should release our second State of Workforce Report, a comprehensive analysis and assessment of the Prince George’s County Labor Market. These two documents will be the pillars of our system, one being a strategy document and the second being the data driving the strategy. Our American Job Center partners will be leaders in this effort, as you represent our strongest partners and the partners who shoulder the heaviest load of our system. You aren’t alone though. I am proud to announce that the Prince George’s County Workforce Development Board has selected Eckerd Connects as the One Stop Operator of American Job Center Largo/American Job Center National Harbor and the One Stop Operator of the Youth Career Center. Additionally, the Prince George’s County Workforce Development Board is releasing two RFP’s this year, one for a WIOA Title I Youth Career Service Provider and a second for an American Rescue Plan Act Career Service Provider. Both will help you better serve Prince George’s County job seekers and businesses. The Prince George’s County Workforce Development Board will also be creating and releasing a Local Training Provider List in 2022, expanding the trainings available for the upskilling and certification attainment of Prince George’s County residents.
Lastly, it has been several years since we provided our American Job Center partner staff with uniforms (polos). Our goal is to provide all American Job Center partner staff with a polo and button-down shirt annually. Polos will be red with the Prince George’s County American Job Center Community Network branding, and possibly the American Job Center that you are primarily located at. Button-down shirts will be white with Prince George’s County American Job Center Community Network branding. Angela will be in touch with each partner to get your sizes. If we are going to do great work, you should look great doing it!
Thank you for being a great partner, for being dedicated to serving job seekers and businesses in Prince George’s County, and thank you for being a direct service provider during one of the scariest periods of our time.
Walter L. Simmons
Executive Director, Prince George’s County Workforce Development Board
President & CEO, Employ Prince George’s, Inc.