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Job Corps Launches Recruitment Drive in Maryland
Free career training and openings available at Woodland and Woodstock campuses

Job Corps

WASHINGTON (May 9, 2022)—The U.S. Department of Labor’s Job Corps program has launched a recruitment drive in Maryland, offering immediate openings and free career training for low-income students ages 16–24 in the nation’s leading industries.

“This is a great opportunity for young adults in Maryland who are trying to leverage a strong job market,” said National Director of Job Corps Rachel Torres. “We are a gateway to skills, credentials and opportunity. Our students need Job Corps, and the workforce needs our students.”

There are two Job Corps campuses in Maryland: Woodland (in Laurel) and Woodstock. They offer career skills training in high-growth industry sectors, including Advanced Manufacturing, Construction, Finance and Business, Health Care, Homeland Security, Hospitality, Information Technology, and Renewable Resources and Energy.

Job Corps is free for ages 16–24 from low-income households who meet the eligibility requirements, and students can apply and enroll at any time. Job Corps provides hands-on career skills training, on-campus housing, meals, health care and job search assistance. Applicants may qualify if they receive SNAP, TANF, or free or reduced school lunch, or if they are experiencing homelessness or are a foster youth.

The recruitment drive in Maryland is part of a national effort to restore Job Corps campuses to full capacity after pandemic safety measures had restricted enrollments, due to the residential aspects of the program. Job Corps has restored pre-pandemic admission standards nationwide and has immediate openings in Maryland.

For more information about Job Corps, or to begin the enrollment process, visit or call 800-733-JOBS (5627).


Job Corps is a federal career technical training and education program for young people who aspire to higher-paying careers and higher education. With 121 residential and nonresidential locations nationwide, training is available in the nation’s fastest-growing industries to eligible 16- through 24-year-olds. The program is completely free of charge.



Cardin & Van Hollen Announce Federal Funding for Bowie State University Innovation Programs
$4 Million in Congressionally Directed Spending will Support Business Accelerator Program Expansion and Hydroponics Research at Maryland’s Oldest HBCU

U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship

Washington (May 9, 2022)—U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Chair Ben Cardin and U.S. Senate Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee Chair Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today announced $4 million in congressionally directed spending to support innovation programs at Bowie State University, the oldest Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in Maryland. The senators secured $3 million for the Bowie Business Innovation Center (Bowie BIC), as well as $1 million for the university to develop a new laboratory for hydroponics research.

In addition to the announcement, the senators joined university President Dr. Aminta H. Breaux, Bowie BIC Executive Director Lisa S. Smith, graduates of the Bowie BIC business accelerator programs, entrepreneurs, and regional small business leaders for a listening session about the challenges facing Prince George’s County entrepreneurs and small businesses. The senators also heard from graduates of Bowie BIC’s 8(a) Accelerator Program, who informed the senators about their experience navigating the federal contracting process.

“The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated that our nation’s HBCUs are perfectly situated to help connect minorities, women, and other underserved entrepreneurs to the services and resources they need to succeed,” Cardin said. “The $3 million in congressionally directed funding will increase the Bowie Business Innovation Center’s capacity to help underserved entrepreneurs more than ten-fold. The Bowie BIC inspired my UPLIFT Act, which would create a national network of accelerators and incubators on HBCU, MSI, and community college campuses. I remain hopeful that we will pass this legislation to tap into the entrepreneurial spirit that is surging through our communities.”

“The Bowie Business Innovation Center is a pioneering initiative providing underserved small businesses with the tools they need to succeed and better position them to obtain government contracts. That’s why I was proud to join Senator Cardin in supporting a $3 million federal investment for the BIC within the federal funding bill this year,” said Senator Van Hollen. “With these funds Bowie State will be able to expand services for Marylanders—and the Bowie BIC will help other HBCUs around the country replicate its success. We will keep working to bring more growth opportunities by leveraging federal investments to Bowie State and all of our state’s HBCUs, which play an integral role in opening the doors to opportunity to people across Maryland.”

“The $3 million received in federal funding will help to create the Bowie BIC Center of Excellence pilot program that will deliver targeted resources to strengthen HBCUs,” said Aminta Breaux, President of Bowie State University. “The program will also expand the existing work of the only 8(a) Accelerator Program in the country.  We are grateful to Senator Cardin for helping us to secure the necessary funds to ensure continued success. This additional support will allow for the expansion and replication of the Bowie BIC 8(a) Accelerator Program mode through partnerships with other HBCUs. Additionally, we thank Senator Van Hollen for his work in securing $1 million to develop the Laboratory for Hydroponics and Aquaponics Research at Bowie State University.”

The new $3 million direct federal funding award to establish the Bowie BIC Center of Excellence for 8(a) Government Contracting at Bowie State University is a historic development,” said Lisa S. Smith, Executive Director of the Bowie BIC, a non-profit business accelerator located at Bowie State University. “We are truly grateful to Senator Cardin and Senator Van Hollen for their work to secure this funding.  With this funding, our award-winning 8(a) Accelerator Program can be expanded through the Center of Excellence and become a new resource for HBCU’s in America by helping socially and economically disadvantaged companies participate fully in the U.S Small Business Administration (SBA) 8(a) Program and win government contracts that build wealth for the contractors, and bring jobs to their communities.”

The award-winning Bowie Business Innovation Center 8(a) Accelerator program—the first in America—is a fast track for helping certified U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) contractors in the SBA 8(a) Business Development program win federal government contracts. Bowie BIC’s 8(a) Accelerator program focuses on the development of a targeted federal capture strategy, mentoring and networking.

The program served as a model for Cardin’s UPLIFT Act, which would create an Innovation Centers Program within the Small Business Administration (SBA) to award competitive cooperative agreements worth as much as $400,000 annually to HBCUs, minority serving institutions (MSIs), and community colleges to establish and expand incubators and accelerators.

The senators also secured $1 million in direct funding for the Bowie State University Laboratory for Hydroponics Research to position Bowie State students and researchers at the forefront of cutting-edge research in plant biology and agriculture.




Luminis Health Doctors Community Medical Center Recognized With a ‘B’ in Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

Luminis Health

Lanham, Md. (May 10, 2022)—Luminis Health Doctors Community Medical Center has received a “B” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for spring 2022, the highest Leapfrog safety grade of all hospitals in Prince George’s County. This national distinction recognizes Luminis Health Doctors Community Medical Center’s achievements in protecting patients from preventable harm and error in the hospital.

“This is wonderful news for our hospital and our team of caregivers who focus every day on prioritizing and improving quality and patient safety," said Deneen Richmond, president of Luminis Health Doctors Community Medical Center. "Our Leapfrog B grade shows that the initiatives we have put in place for quality and patient safety are working."

The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization, assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to hospitals across the country based on more than 30 national performance measures reflecting errors, accidents, injuries and infections, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harms to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring.

“The commitment of our team to keep patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors is extraordinary,” said Dr. Sunil Madan, chief medical officer at Luminis Health Doctors Community Medical Center. “This recognition shows our patients and community that we always provide high quality, safe care.”

To see Luminis Health Doctors Community Medical Center full grade details and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit


Maryland-based Luminis Health is a nationally recognized health system comprised of Anne Arundel Medical Center, Doctors Community Medical Center, J. Kent McNew Family Medical Center, Pathways, and Luminis Health Clinical Enterprise. Formed in 2019, Luminis Health serves residents in eight counties across the state and offers services in primary care, imaging, specialty care, emergency care, hospital care, as well as mental health and addiction care. With 741 licensed beds and 80+ sites of care, the health system has more than 6,600 employees, 1,900 medical staff, and more than 1,000 volunteers. Luminis Health generates $1.2 billion in operating revenue and contributes $80 million each year for the community’s benefit. Luminis Health is committed to being a beacon of hope and healing for the region, while igniting new possibilities for how and where health care is delivered. Learn more at Connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward for patient safety. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.


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