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Workforce Pulse Check

Now that Maryland is in Stage One of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, business leaders are facing a huge challenge—reopening. While it’s up to the government of when, the question of how should include input from employees. Now more than ever, traditional understandings and assumptions of employee needs will not suffice—long term organizational success may rest upon an accurate understanding of “the new normal.” The Regional Economic Studies Institute is here to help organizations "check the pulse" of their workforce.


What's Driving Our Economy?

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Unemployment rate spikes amid COVID-19 pandemic

The official unemployment rate for Maryland spiked to 9.9 percent over the last month. However, based on other data the state's estimated unemployment is over 11 percent. VIEW INTERACTIVE ANALYSIS

As of last week, parts of the state have started to reopen specific industries under Phase 1 of the governor’s reopening plan, which will allow some of the state’s unemployed workers to return to their jobs. WATCH VIDEO ANALYSIS

Educational Opportunities

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Save 20% on online certification prep courses

Towson University Continuing & Professional Studies has suspended in-class courses. That doesn’t mean learning and career advancement has to stop. Earn a professional certification with a full schedule of online courses—discounted 20%. REQUEST DISCOUNT CODE

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TU Cisco Networking Academy offering free online courses

TU Cisco Networking Academy is offering free, online, self-paced IT courses to the public for one year. Choose from exploratory and intermediate IT courses to programming and a middle school adventure series for kids. VIEW FREE OPTIONS

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Continuing & Professional Studies offering free fundamentals courses

To further support the community in these times, we're making a selection of fundamentals courses completely free. These self-paced courses will help you learn new skills, advance your career, and prepare you to take more advanced courses that lead to certifications. LEARN MORE

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Osher at Towson University Online Lectures

When Osher courses were canceled, instructors began recording hour-long lectures for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute community. We share them with you here.

Georges Seurat and Pointillism taught by Joseph Cassar, artist, art historian, curator and educator.

The Jersey Boys—Oh What a Night! taught by Ellen Katz, "edutainer," music educator, vocalist, performer.

Casablanca (1942) and the Films it Influenced taught by Peter Lev, TU professor emeritus, author.

The Rise of Benny Goodman taught by Seth Kibel, one of the mid-Atlantic’s premier woodwind specialists.

Holocaust Remembrance: Connecting Memory and Responsibility taught by Jon Aaron, instructor of English, history, and performing arts at McDonogh School.


Supporting Local Nonprofits

Nonprofits address critical community needs, advance the quality of life of Marylanders, and are a powerhouse for economic impact. During this time, they've quickly adapted to meet the needs of their communities while working to sustain themselves.

T. Rowe Price Foundation

T. Rowe Price Foundation

Learn how corporate philanthropic resources can enhance your organization’s disaster preparedness efforts.


Wide Angle Youth Media

Wide Angle Youth Media

Learn how programming for Baltimore youth and communities have shifted.


From the Newsroom

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Community collaboration providing COVID-19 relief

Community collaborations providing COVID-19 relief has been a positive outcome of these difficult times. By coming together, the impact achieved is greater. MORE

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Undergraduate research opportunities increase amid COVID-019 Pandemic

Towson University's response to COVID-19 pandemic includes hiring unemployed students as undergraduate research opportunities to address COVID-019 pandemic. MORE

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Understanding why we worry may help us stop doing it

TU psychologist and professor addresses worrying in the era of COVID-19 and more. MORE

Tyrin Tyson R.N. ’18

‘It’s kind of like a warzone’

TU nursing alumnus Tyrin Tyson R.N. ’18 shares his experience of working as a travel nurse in New York City during the COVID-19 pandemic. MORE

#TUtogether while apart: Recapping Celebration of Graduates Week

Celebration of graduates 2020

Towson University celebrated spring 2020 graduates with a week of virtual events while plans for an in-person celebration are underway. MORE

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