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County Executive Leopold Offers Cyber Training and Other Aid to Displaced Northrop Grumman Workers

Workforce Development Corporation has presence at plants

Annapolis, MD (March 2, 2011) - County Executive John R. Leopold today offered assistance to potential displaced workers at the Northrop Grumman Corp. Electronic Systems plants in Linthicum and Annapolis who were notified of planned layoffs.

“The announcement that 500 employees will take early retirement or face layoffs is a sobering reminder that those of us who have jobs in this economy are very fortunate,” County Executive Leopold said.  “The coming of the U.S. Cyber Command offers another opportunity in that we can retrain some of these Northrop Grumman employees to enter a new career.”

County Executive Leopold provided a budget increase this year for Workforce Development Corporation in anticipation of job losses.  Director Kirk Murray has opened more job training and placement locations throughout the County, and also added training courses specifically geared toward Cyber Security.  Last summer, Workforce development worked with 41 Northrop Grumman employees.  Eleven of those participated in Cyber Security training and two participated in project management training. Twenty-four returned to work.

Northrop Grumman announced today that it will seek early retirement for 500 Maryland workers at its four Maryland locations, including Linthicum and Annapolis.

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