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Governor Martin O'Malley Announces New Workforce Development Team at DLLR

 

ANNAPOLIS, MD (January 12, 2011) - Governor Martin O'Malley today announced the appointment of a new workforce development team at the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR). Lynn M. Reed will serve as Executive Director for the Governor's Workforce Investment Board (GWIB) and Paulette L. Francois as Assistant Secretary for the Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning (DWDAL).

"I am proud to announce this new team of talented, experienced workforce professionals to help lead our efforts as we transition to this new economy, and fight to create and save jobs," said Governor O'Malley. "Lynn and Paulette will help move Maryland into the new economy while ensuring our workforce has the skills they need to succeed. I'd like to commend them for having the courage to step up and serve the people of our State in the toughest of times."

The O'Malley-Brown Administration has set a goal to increase the number of Marylanders who receive skills training by 20 percent by the end of 2012. The strategies to reach this goal include several efforts to enhance the skills of Maryland's workforce. Last year, Governor O'Malley launched the Skills2Compete Maryland initiative to encourage Marylanders to obtain at least two years of post-secondary education in preparation for the middle and high-skill jobs of the new economy; utilized One-Stop Career Centers across the state to provide greater access to occupational and skills training; and increased adult education and community college access among other outreach opportunities.

"In their previous roles with the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, both Lynn and Paulette have proven to be strong leaders," said DLLR Secretary Alexander M. Sanchez. "Both DWDAL and GWIB will continue to flourish under their guidance. As we work to develop enhanced workforce programs and help job-seekers hone their skills to succeed in our changing economy, their foresight and experience will be invaluable to the State of Maryland."

A graduate of Morgan State University, Reed has over 15 years of workforce development experience on the national, state and local levels. Prior to joining GWIB in 2008, Reed served as Senior Director of Business Partnerships for LRG, Inc., a management consulting firm in Virginia. She also directed large national projects and managed over $17 million in grants working with the U.S. Department of Labor, including programs to assist at-risk youth for the Department's Office of Youth Services. Reed was also a manager with the Eastside Career Center in Baltimore and served six years with Baltimore City Community College as Manager of Off-Campus Instruction. As Deputy Director for GWIB, Reed led the Administration's Skills2Compete initiative.

Francois has been Deputy Assistant Secretary since September 2009, after joining DLLR in 2007 as DWDAL's Director of Discretionary Grants. Her grants-management skills led to the acquisition of more than $20 million to administer innovative workforce and training programs. Prior to joining DLLR, she served as the Director of Special Projects for the Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation (AAWDC). Francois began her career in human services with the Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services as Executive Director of the Annapolis and Glen Burnie Family Support Centers. A two-time graduate of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Francois holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Services and a Masters Degree in Education.

The Governor's Workforce Investment Board is responsible for developing policies and strategies to form a coordinated workforce system from a variety of education, employment and training programs. It brings together and focuses workforce development partners and stakeholders on two key outcomes - creating a properly prepared workforce that meets the current and future demands of Maryland employers, and providing opportunities for all Marylanders to succeed in the 21st century workforce. More information can be found at Governor's Workforce Investment Board website.

The Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning oversees Maryland's workforce programs, including the nationally recognized One-Stop Career Centers. DWDAL partners with local workforce agencies to match employers with job-seekers, provide training opportunities, and offer labor market analyses. Within the Division, the offices of Adult Education and Literacy Services and Correctional Education offer similar service and training to specialized populations. More information is available at Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning web page.