At our recent monthly blogger user group meeting, Dawn Bott reminded us that our second anniversary of blogging was approaching. Instead of celebrating with a huge campaign for the “Blogger of the Year” like we did last year, we are celebrating with a reflective post.

About two and a half years ago, the DECO blog’s concept was just a glimmer in Bobbie Laur and my eyes. And now, we have:

While our blog topics vary greatly, we took a look at what posts have been most popular. Here are some of the most popular posts on the blog since our start in 2009.

So, you’re probably wondering… what do we have planned for our third year? The most exciting part of year three is the addition of several new bloggers.

  • Tim Brooks will take a look at cutting edge technology that everyone is curious about.
  • Kelsey Beckett will be blogging away about community engagement activity that is happening at Towson University.
  • Ashley Buzzeo will focus on how the use of GIS is impacting how the state of Maryland does business.
  • And Jenn Lake will provide an interesting perspective on everything marketing.

Here’s to year two. Happy blogging!



As the unemployment rate across the state continues to rise, more and more individuals are looking for training opportunities that may increase their likelihood of gaining employment in this tough economy. Through our WIA Approved courses, (EEOL) is providing the Maryland workforce with additional job training opportunities through our online and in classroom training programs.

We have begun by identifying online courses that will provide Marylanders, like you, with BRAC-related job training as well as training for the present employment needs around the state as a result of the stimulus package. Currently, over 20 of our online courses are approved under the federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) which states, “The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) provides increased flexibility for state and local officials to establish broad-based labor market systems using federal job training funds for adults, dislocated workers and youth.”

Interested? Think you might be eligible? Where to begin?

There are a few steps you need to follow in order to determine if you are eligible for funding.

  • First, contact your Local Workforce Investment Board (LWIB) to receive employment counseling and determine your eligibility for WIA funding.
  • Secondly, determine which course interests you most and determine if that course has a path that will lead to gaining valuable employment-a key step in the process! Typically, counselors will want to see a return on their investment. So, do your research and if you can be confident that once you’ve completed your training you will have increased your chances in gaining employment then you’re headed in the right direction.

Our certification courses are offered in, but not limited to, Human Resources Development, Information Technology, Project Management, Medical Billing, Coding, and Transcription, HVAC, Microsoft Office and Video Game Development. For a complete listing of our WIA approved courses visit:

There has never been a better time
to take advantage of state approved funding for training!