The Charles County region is made up of a potential labor force of almost 1.9 million (based on active civilian workforce within a 45 minute commute from Waldorf, Charles County's largest city) with a median age of 36.5. More than 88 percent of the region's population has a high school diploma or higher. The region's population is expected to grow 6.46 percent by 2019.
Charles County is one of the fastest growing jurisdictions in the state of Maryland. Waldorf was ranked in 2012 CNNMoney's "Best Places to Live," which highlighted the city's "welcoming vibe and safe streets" and affordable homes. The community has become an attractive place for young, professional families who move to Charles County for the quality of life, excellent schools, and lower cost of living. This continuing influx of talented professionals to Charles County provides businesses and companies access to a robust pool of highly skilled and educated workforce. More than 91 percent of the Charles County population has a high school diploma or higher, which is more than the national average.
Education and Workforce Training
- The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) supports employers' workforce training needs, working with employers such as the Naval Support Facility Indian Head and SMECO. The College provides customized training programs for a variety of industries including energy and defense. The College has under construction a 17,858 square feet Center for Trades and Energy Training facility in Hughesville.
- The Corporate Center at CSM offers comprehensive and customizable training, education, and consulting for organizations seeking to increase employment productivity and organizational efficiency. Services it offers include:
- Providing needs assessments to identify training solutions that will improve business performance.
- Offering state-of-the-art facilities in Hughesville, La Plata, Leonardtown, Prince Frederick, and Waldorf for workforce training. Training is also offered onsite or at preferred location.
- Providing dynamic, professional trainers with extensive instructional and real-world experience, who offer high quality instructional materials and media with the flexibility to accommodate busy schedules.
- The Maryland Workforce Exchange and Southern Maryland JobSource help businesses stay productive through a range of services that match employers with qualified job candidates*, help with training of incumbent workers, and provide information to help businesses with employment issues. This collaboration between the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland (TCCSMD) and Maryland Department of Labor provides general policy and oversight for Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) funds and programs; services are primarily delivered at the local American Job Center. *The weekly Hot Jobs list is advertised and promoted throughout the community.
- Charles County is growing a strong workforce by starting early. With an excellent public education system, Charles County boasts many award-winning educational programs and institutions. As a state, Maryland's public school system has consistently achieved "top-in-the nation" status.
- North Point: North Point High School for Science, Technology, and Industry offers 17 programs that begin in ninth grade. Students interested in one of the seventeen programs apply in eighth grade. Approximately 280 students from each entering class is composed of students from all over the county who have applied and been accepted into one of the programs
- St. Charles High: This school serves as an anchor of a new green community in the St. Charles area and offers opportunities to students and the community that include environmental and natural resource management, technology, and current issues related to these fields of study. St. Charles High School also contains several specialized features available for use by all Charles County Public Schools students including a digital classroom, Science on a Sphere, and Telepresence technology.
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For our latest edition of “Looking Local,” we spoke to Richard Fray, co-founder of Dat Jerk Caribbean Chargrill, located in Waldorf.
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