Press Release

February 1, 2010

U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today met with nurse assistant trainees at the Chesapeake College Cambridge Center to talk with them about the importance of job training in this difficult economy.
 Dorchester County has an unemployment rate of 12.1 percent, the second highest in Maryland.
  The statewide unemployment rate for December 2009 is 7.5 percent.


Senator Cardin recently introduce the

Boosting Entrepreneurship and New Jobs Act (S. 2967)
, which is designed to spur job creation and strengthen our economy. His bill would make urgently needed capital available to small businesses, establish a refundable small business tax credit for job creation and provide a tax credit for health insurance expenses for companies with up to 25 employees.


“We need to ensure that our workforce has the skills and training that are needed to succeed in this very difficult job market,” said
Senator Cardin, a member of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee.
  “At the same time, we also have to make sure that businesses – particularly small businesses — have the working capital needed to stay in business and to be profitable.”


Chesapeake College offers job training programs for new and experienced workers interested in acquiring new skills.
  The nursing assistant training program, which the Senator visited, receives funding through the

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act


The Upper Shore Workforce Investment Board also has received more than $363,000 in ARRA funds, making it possible to provide jobs skills training to 323 individuals.
 In addition to its training program for nursing, Chesapeake College also offers job training in the fields of business management, law enforcement, paralegal, refrigeration/heating and food service management, along with many other fields.


While at the Cambridge Center, Senator Cardin also stopped by the Mobile One-Stop Job van and visited with individuals who were receiving job search assistance, including advice on resume preparations, GED counseling and other resources to help in their job search.