Workforce and Employability Skills Program (WESP)

​​Overview: The Maryland GEAR UP Workforce and Employability Skills Program (WESP) centers on career exploration and educational planning, and the development of employability skills for success after graduation. WESP has a strong focus of outlining the benefits of postsecondary education, and is designed to train students to understand their core values, sharpen their soft skills, and hone their interests through career and job exploration.

Funded Activities: The GEAR UP Workforce and Employability Skills Program supports Maryland’s GEAR UP goals and objectives to increase the number of economically disadvantaged students who intend to pursue secondary education. Funded activities are intended to provide in-school workshops, job exploration counseling, experiential learning, and workplace readiness training and youth employment, while educating students and their families about the advantage of postsecondary education and college financing options.

Eligibility: An accredited public or not for profit independent two- or four-year Institution of Higher Education (IHE) in partnership with Local Education Agency (LEA).

Service Regions: Maryland GEAR UP school districts: Baltimore City, Dorchester, and Wicomico counties.

Project Period: October 5, 2018 to October 4, 2019.

Award Range: Up to $60,000 per institution. Five or more awards are anticipated.

Application Due Date: September 5, 2018 at 4:00 PM (electronic and paper submission).

Send application to: 

Mr. Kendall E. Cook, GEAR UP Coordinator 
Office of Outreach and Grants Management
Maryland Higher Education Commission
6 N. Liberty Street, 10th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201