Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, Boyd K. Rutherford Gives Keynote Speech at Year Up Baltimore Graduation

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Lt. Governor Rutherford will address Year Up Baltimore’s class 13 graduates as well as city executives, philanthropists and other community leaders who will be in attendance at the ceremony.

Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, Boyd K. Rutherford will deliver a keynote address at a graduation ceremony for Year Up Baltimore’s thirteenth class on Friday, January 19th. The ceremony will take place at Baltimore City Community College’s Liberty Campus from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm where families of Year Up Baltimore students, community leaders, corporate partners, and donors are expected to attend to celebrate the hard work, dedication, and success of the program’s graduates.

“Year Up plays an important role in our communities by motivating our young people and encouraging them in their educational and professional goals,” said Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford. “I’d like to congratulate Year Up Baltimore’s graduates on this outstanding achievement and wish them well in their future educational pursuits and careers.”

“I am proud of Baltimore City Community College’s partnership with Year Up,” said Dr. Gordon F. May, president and CEO of Baltimore City Community College. “Our faculty works closely with Year Up staff to ensure that our students learn critical skills that prepare them for successful careers. Through this partnership, we are rewriting the story of our community. I look forward to seeing these future leaders serve the city of Baltimore in meaningful ways, and will continue to work side by side with Year Up to close the opportunity divide.”

“Because of Year Up’s impactful programming and high support, high expectations model, we are proud to celebrate the success of our thirteenth class of students. Since 2010, Year Up Baltimore has helped more than 400 local motivated young adults change their lives,” said Year Up Baltimore executive director Roland Selby.

Since 2010, Year Up Baltimore has helped more than 520 young adults achieve their professional and educational goals through hands-on technical and professional skills training, college credits and internships on the campus of Baltimore City Community College. These young adults provide Baltimore’s leading businesses – including CareFirst, Johns Hopkins University and Medical Systems and Exelon — with a pipeline of skilled, motivated talent for entry- and mid-level roles in IT, Cybersecurity, and Business.

Year Up Baltimore now serves more than 160 people each year, with 100 percent of graduates employed or attending college full-time within four months of completing the program. Year Up is free for students, who also earn weekly stipends and college credits throughout the year. Learn more about Year Up Baltimore by visiting us on Facebook and Twitter.

The event is open to the press. Please contact Jeanette Radford, 571-317-5650 for more information.

About Year Up
Year Up is an award-winning, national 501(c)3 organization that provides talented and motivated young adults ages 18-24 with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. Through a one-year, intensive training program, Year Up utilizes a high support, high expectations model that combines marketable job skills, stipends, coursework eligible for college credit, and corporate internships at more than 250 top companies. Its holistic approach focuses on students' professional and personal development to enable young adults with a viable path to economic self-sufficiency and meaningful careers. Year Up has served more than 19,500 young adults since its founding in 2000, and will serve more than 4,000 young adults in 2018 across 21 U.S. cities in Arizona, Baltimore, Bay Area, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Greater Atlanta, Greater Boston, Greater Philadelphia, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, National Capital Region, New York City, Providence, Puget Sound, South Florida and Wilmington. Year Up has been voted one of the “Best Non-Profits to Work For” by The NonProfit Times for eight consecutive years, and rated a 4-star charity by Charity Navigator for twelve consecutive years, placing them in the top 1% of tracked organizations.

To learn more, visit, and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter: @YearUp

About Baltimore City Community College
Founded in 1947, Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) is a comprehensive, urban institution accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The College's campus is located in West Baltimore; the institution also has several satellite locations throughout the City. With its broad range of degree and certificate programs, affordable tuition, and extensive outreach, BCCC offers educational opportunities to the citizens of Baltimore City and throughout the state of Maryland. BCCC serves more than 15,000* students annually, providing credits that transfer to four-year colleges and universities as well as workforce training leading directly to job placement. The College is proud of the fact that nearly 100** nations are represented within the student body. *Based on annual unduplicated credit and non-credit headcount for FY 2016. **Based on fall 2015 credit enrollment.

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