United Way Family Center Workforce Development

Workforce Development is a community outreach component that strives to meet the job preparedness needs of the residents of the Brooklyn/Curtis Bay communities.  Specific attention is given those who have low educational attainment, are unemployed/underemployed, seeking new skills or career changes.  Each participant is offered case management and advocacy services.

Employment services such as effective resume writing, interview preparation, knowing your legal rights, and other job preparedness skills are offered to each participant through regularly scheduled workshops and on a one-to-one basis as needed.  Overall, participants have increased their earning potential by 20% or more.

GED classes are offered at no cost to the participant.  The completion rate for these classes has surpassed similar programs in the metropolitan area.  On average, participants experienced a grade level attainment in both Reading and Math after one session.  Some participants have experienced an increase as high as 20 points or more.  Nationwide the average academic increase is 3–5points.

Ben Franklin Center Workforce Development

Enrollment Information for Workforce Development Services:

For entrance into any of our programs, participants must come to the Ben Center to complete an application. We do accept walk-ins; you must allot at least an hour for intake. Intakes are conducted Monday through Friday from 9am-3pm or you can call and make an appointment. Please must bring a MD identification and a second form of identification to your intake. Individuals will not be turned away for lack of documentation.

GED Information

GED classes are sponsored by Baltimore City Community College and Ben Franklin Center for Community Schools. You must be 17 years of age to enroll. Classes are offered at no cost to the participant. See below for upcoming classes and testing dates. Classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00-4:00 p.m.  For additional information about GED, please contact Baltimore City Community College at 410-986-3200.

Course Day Date Time Location
Testing & Registration

(Please allow 3 hours for testing)



March 1, 2018

March 6, 2018

12:30 p.m.

12:30 p.m.

United Way Ben Franklin Center
1201 Cambria Street
Baltimore, MD 21225
Orientation Thursday March 8, 2018 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. United Way Ben Franklin Center
Essentials II (PRE GED)
Class Begins

(Tuesdays & Thursdays through June 7, 2018)

Tuesday March 13, 2018 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. United Way Ben Franklin Center