Connecting Business and Talent in All Professions

Whether you are looking for an entry level position or an advancement in your career, your employment success is the goal.  The Howard County Office of Workforce Development serves a diverse range of individuals, providing valuable services and support to enhance their employment prospects and career development. They include:

  • Job Seekers: The office assists individuals in their job search efforts by offering resources such as job listings, resume assistance, interview preparation, and career counseling.

  • Businesses: The office collaborates with local businesses to meet their workforce needs, offering recruitment assistance, job posting services, and customized training programs to enhance the skills of their workforce.

  • Youth: The office provides career exploration, job readiness training, and work experience opportunities to empower young individuals and prepare them for successful transitions into the workforce.

  • Dislocated Workers: The office offers support and resources to individuals who have lost their jobs, providing reemployment assistance, job training opportunities, and guidance in navigating the job market.

  • Veterans: The office assists veterans in their transition from military to civilian life, providing specialized services such as career counseling, skills assessment, and connecting them with job opportunities.

The Columbia Workforce Center

Work on Wheels| Mobile Resources to Jobseekers

The County’s Office of Workforce Development (OWD) has partnered with the Howard County Library System (HCLS) to launch its Work on Wheels program. This new initiative enhances the Office of Workforce Development's range of services by bringing job seeking resources and services, such as resume reviews, connections to jobs and potential training, to underserved communities throughout the county.


Human Services Campus
9820 Patuxent Woods Drive
Columbia, MD 21046

10AM-12 noon on the following dates in 2024

May 22
June 5
June 19

Work on Wheels

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Apprenticeships for Business


Services offered by the Howard County Office of Workforce Development are supported by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration as part of awards totaling $2,933,986 with 0% financed from non-governmental sources.

Resources & Programs


Employment Resources


When it's time to shift careers, the Office of Workforce Development offers resources and employment services to help job seekers navigate the process.

Our services are designed to assist those returning to the workforce, people seeking a high school diploma, professionals looking for a career change and workers who have been laid off. Eligible job seekers may qualify for skills training, helping them gain a competitive edge.

Whether you are looking for an entry level position or an advancement in your career, your employment success is the goal. Visit our workforce center to take advantage of the many services offered.   

Services are free and include:

  • Job search and resume assistance 
  • Local and national job listings 
  • On-line job applications 
  • Career information 
  • Employment Workshops 
  • Resource Center with access to computers, copy and fax machines, telephones and printers 
  • Veterans services 
  • Youth services 
  • Career development workshops

Equal Opportunity Program


As an equal opportunity program, discrimination in WIOA Title I financially assisted programs or activities is prohibited by federal law and by Howard County Government. Our programs are made possible in part by grants from the U.S. Department of Labor. Veterans and eligible spouses receive priority of service in time and funding. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. If you need an accommodation, please contact Stephanie Hill.

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