The Carroll County Business/Employment Resource Center (BERC) is an American Job Center – a one-stop workforce development center dedicated to meeting the workforce needs of businesses and community residents in Carroll County, Maryland. BERC administers the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) in Carroll County and is dedicated to employment, training, and workforce development. It is an office of the Carroll County Department of Economic Development and part of the Carroll Workforce Development Board.
To develop a highly effective workforce for new and existing businesses, to assist individuals in achieving employment and to encourage lifelong learning.
BERC works with the Carroll Workforce Development Board and partners to develop a strategic, integrated plan that meets the county’s labor force needs and supports economic growth. We lead efforts to engage employers, develop and implement career pathways and enhance coordination with education partners.
Working with local and statewide workforce and labor market systems, BERC is able to target workforce development and training programs to meet business and job seeker goals.
In Carroll County BERC serves as the workforce development arm of the Carroll County Department of Economic Development. We assist existing businesses and those moving to the area with strategies that meet employers’ workforce needs, including incumbent worker training, registered apprenticeship, transitional jobs, on-the-job training, and customized training.
We also collaborate with other county agencies so that our job seekers, whether a low-income adult, dislocated worker, veteran or vulnerable youth, have the opportunity to access all resources that will help them reach economic success.