Maryland eliminates four-year degree requirement for thousands of state jobs
(WEAA) On Tuesday, Governor Larry Hogan announced a new workforce development initiative to eliminate the four-year degree requirement for thousands of state jobs.
“Through these efforts we are launching today, we are ensuring that qualified, non-degree candidates are regularly being considered for these career-changing opportunities,” said Governor Hogan. “This is exactly the kind of bold, bipartisan solution we need to continue leading the nation by giving even more Marylanders the opportunities they need to be successful.”
Maryland has partnered with Opportunity@Work —a non profit that connects overlooked communities with job openings— to hire STARS (workers Skilled Through Alternative Routes).
“It is more important than ever that we work together to find new ways to build a steady pipeline of talented, well-trained skilled workers for the jobs of the future. That means pursuing bold, innovative ideas and being committed to leaving no skilled workers behind,” Hogan said.
Maryland is the first state to eliminate the bachelor's degree requirement for so many state jobs.
“Just today, we’ve added more than 300 government jobs that are currently open and available, which no longer require a four-year degree…” Hogan announced. The jobs have already been listed on Opportunity@Work’s Stellarworx platform, stellarworx.org.
Just today, there are more than 300 state government jobs currently open and available that no longer require a four-year degree. We are partnering with @OpptyatWork to identify individuals to fill these positions, all of which are now listed at https://t.co/YIZoNqosa6.— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) March 15, 2022
@GovLarryHogan announced that @StateMaryland is THE FIRST state to eliminate bachelor's degree requirements from thousands of state jobs.— Opportunity@Work (@OpptyatWork) March 15, 2022
They'll also work with @OpptyatWork to market these roles to #HireSTARs (workers Skilled Through Alternative Routes)https://t.co/mZB2UiP2nd