Workforce

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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Ignite Entrepreneurship: Tips for Connecting from a Local Broadband Provider

Published: Friday, September 22, 2017

In our latest “Ignite Entrepreneurship” blog, Daniel Thompson, CTO of the newly launched PeakeNet Broadband – a locally owned and operated internet service provider bringing connectivity to rural Maryland communities – shares his insights for other entrepreneurs in Charles County.

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Charles County EDD
10665 Stanhaven Place

Suite 206

White Plains, MD 20695

Phone:  301-885-1345

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“Charles County is a great central location for us to have access to all of our customers. We do business with NSWC Carderock, Naval Research Laboratory, NAWCAD Patuxent River, NSWC Dahlgren, and Indian Head Naval Support Facility, to name a few.”

Scott Decker
Director of Operations

Cardinal Scientific

“We are proud to be a key part of Charles County’s future and we heartily encourage other, cutting-edge companies to join us.”

Doug Egan
Chief Executive Officer
Competitive Power Ventures

“Charles County is where we started our company and where we grew and expanded. We now operate our managed print and managed IT solutions in five states and provide custom apps all around the globe. Our headquarters is still in Charles County, an excellent place to conduct business and recruit highly skilled individuals for our ever growing team!"

Joshua Justice
President

Just Tech

 

“We are proud to be a key part of Charles County’s future and we heartily encourage other, cutting-edge companies to join us.”

Katharine Tate
 Executive Director of Provider Engagement and Community Relations

Righttime Medical Care

“Charles County is a great place for businesses to start, grow, and thrive! We've worked with over 100 businesses since we opened our doors in Charles County, and I've witnessed the majority of these businesses achieve all three.”

Darlene M. Breck

Owner

Southern Maryland Business Center

“Charles County is a great place to do business because of the passion of the business community and the residents who strive to make it the best that it can be."

Andrew W. Welburn

President

The Welburn Organization