Counties Approve Funding for Regional Internship Job Bank

Last Updated on Nov 10, 2015 at 9:38am | Business Resources

Article courtesy of Cumberland Times-News.
 
 
The Allegany County and Garrett County commissions on Thursday separately approved $2,000 in funding to create a Regional Internship Job Bank. The job bank will be administered by The Greater Cumberland Committee, a regional economic development organization.
 
“One of the biggest challenges our region faces is keeping young people in the area. The regional internship job bank helps address this issue. Internships help employers find skilled employees and help young people by allowing them a transition into the local workforce. Every time a person has to leave the area to find a job, we are suffering a major loss,” said Allegany County Commissioner Jake Shade, who introduced the measure. 
 
The Regional Internship Job Bank will be a central online database that will allow companies to connect with college students seeking internships and temporary work. Businesses have cited finding qualified employees as a major problem in the region.
 
“The Greater Cumberland Committee is honored to have been asked to serve as the coordinating agency for the regional internship job bank.” said Brenda Smith, the group's executive director. “We recognize that education is the cornerstone of economic development and we feel this formal outreach will be successful in connecting regional employers and college students to fulfill not only intern positions, but possibly opportunities for full-time, permanent employment.”
 
“The Garrett County commissioners are firmly supportive of this program in an effort to retain young workers in our area. We have identified this issue as a major concern and this is one effort to try to keep our talented young people in our area," said Garrett County Commissioner Paul Edwards. "This is a good partnership with Allegany County and The Greater Cumberland Committee to work on a regional issue.”