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Job seeker connecting with LabCorp representative at recent Healthcare Hiring Event at the Liberty Center on March 26, 2015Bryan Dunn, Marketing Specialist, Department of Economic & Workforce Development

If you live in the Randallstown area, you often drive down Liberty Road to go to Home Depot or Walmart, take the kids to the Randallstown Community Center or perhaps have dinner at the new Ruby Tuesday or Colin’s restaurant. One thing you may have missed is the life-changing work happening at Baltimore County’s Liberty Center, a formerly vacant grocery store on Offutt and Liberty Roads.

The Liberty Center is where over 11,000 people went to change their lives last year, with resources for anyone looking to hone a personal brand and compete in today’s job market.

Free to the public, Liberty Center focuses on career paths, not merely placing jobs. Liberty Center is where Candy Kriegar learned how to leverage her experience as a small business owner to land an administrative position with Utility Line Corporation.  It’s where Toyota Financial Services found Desitini Daniels, who went to Liberty Center to reboot her career after an employment contract ended.  RG Steel worker Robert Goode got the career counseling he needed to get hired as a welder.

 “We love what’s happening at Liberty.  Connecting job seekers with these amazing employers, that’s what it’s all about,” said Will Anderson, Director of the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development.

Since opening in 2011, there has been no shortage of success, just as there is no shortage of opportunity – all it takes is a visit, and a commitment to the future.

Baltimore County Economic and Workforce Development, the Community College of Baltimore County and Social Services collaborate to deliver services and customized programs that get results. Utilizing the facility’s 2,500 student capacity, CCBC offers courses that train people for marketable jobs, while Workforce Development organizes onsite recruitments to help connect people with businesses that are hiring.

Liberty Center is one of three free career centers in Baltimore County, conveniently located in Randallstown, Hunt Valley and Eastpoint.   A convenient Mobile Career Center brings job search resources to communities throughout Baltimore County.  Stop in anytime and see how our career centers can change your life. You might just find your next job. And your next career.

Get directions to a Career Center and access the Mobile Career Center’s schedule of stops.

Don’t miss out on CCBC Randallstown’s Community Open House at the Liberty Center.

Find out more about Career Training and Community Education programs at CCBC Randallstown April 18, 12:00-3:00 pm, 3637 Offutt Road, Randallstown, MD 2113.  For more Open House information call 443-840-4700.


MAP logoBarbara Korenblit, LCSW, Chief, Division of Individual and Family Services
Baltimore County Department of Aging

Baltimore County’s Aging and Disability Resource Center is one stop shop for answers

Many people know the Baltimore County Department of Aging is a great place for information about resources for seniors, but did you know that it’s also a great place to learn about options for people with disabilities? For the last three years, our information office has become Maryland Access Point, an Aging and Disability Resource Center!  Our certified information specialists can connect you or your loved ones to valuable services, programs and special events for older adults and people of all ages with disabilities. 

Now, we have a new feature on our website that will provide timely updates on special events for people with disabilities and their families.  The Aging and Disability Resource Center Advisory Committee Events Calendar features a wide range of special events offered by the Department of Aging and our partner agencies in the disabilities community.  Events ranging from information fairs to employment training and recreational opportunities will be listed in this new calendar. 

For more information on the Maryland Access Point (MAP), call 410-887-2594, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., email us at aginginfo@baltimorecountymd.gov, or go to http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/aging/helpfulnumbers/mapbaltco.html


photo of overloaded outletEd Riesner
Chief Electrical Inspector

We often hear in the aftermath of a house fire that the cause of the fire was electrical. Since we all have electricity in our homes it’s easy to we feel vulnerable and helpless if you don’t understand how electrical fires get started.

Most electric fires are caused by loose connections, dryer lint, improper use of extension cords, old, non UL approved appliances, or worn out and broken switches and receptacles. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, there are more than 26,000 residential fires each year linked to electrical problems. In 2012, 8.3% of fatal residential fires were due to electrical malfunctions.

A little knowledge and some diligence on your part can prevent most fires in your home.

1)    Empty the dryer lint tray after each load. Lint is extremely flammable and can be ignited by the heat from the dryer.

2)    Never use extension cords as a permanent wiring method. The wires in a cord are significantly smaller than the wiring in your walls and, over time will heat up and catch fire. Also consider the use of UL rated cords and the addition of surge protected power strips.

3)    Old appliances, switches, and receptacles should be replaced periodically.* They wear out and the connections inside separate slightly. When this happens, the electricity has to jump through the air to make the connection heating the air around the connection and starting a fire.

How often to change them depends on how often the device is used. Usually, light switches should be changed every 10 years at the latest. They crack internally and dry out. You can't see the problem so it's impossible to know that it needs to be changed. Use your best judgment with switches - the older switches were more solid and actually able to withstand much more that modern switches. Receptacles are a little bit easier. When the plugs no longer fit firmly in the socket it's time to replace the receptacle. When appliance cords become worn or the appliance begins behaving badly, it's time to replace or repair it.

4)    If you have aluminum wiring in your home always have a licensed electrician make any repairs. Improper connections, or connection to devices that are not designed for aluminum wiring can start a fire.

5)    If you observe your lights continually dim then grow bright, this could be a loose connection. Contact your utility company.

6)    If you hear a sizzling noise coming from a switch or appliance; Find the circuit breaker for that circuit and turn it off. Contact a licensed electrician to check the circuit.

7)    If you smell ozone, or an unusual electrical smell, this means that something electrical is heating up. Find the source and turn it off. Call a licensed electrician.

8)    If you observe smoke or sparking contact the Fire Department.

It is always a good practice to make sure that the circuits in the breaker box are properly identified. This will help you find the source of a circuit quickly if you have an emergency.

Always check to make sure any appliance you purchase is approved by UL or some other recognized testing laboratory.

Never use unlicensed electrical contractors. Baltimore County licenses over 4400 electrical contractors who are qualified to serve you.

If you have any questions or concerns you may call 410 887-3960 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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