Who are we?

TranZed Apprenticeship Services (TAS) is a high-quality, non-traditional apprenticeship program developed to address this country’s need for alternative career paths, as acknowledged by President Obama in his 2014 State of the Union. While federal and private student loan interests soar, college tuition continues to rise. Beyond the affordability consideration, college may not be the best option for a particular student for  variety of other reasons. Employers recognize that a degree alone does not guarantee an employee’s career success. Other countries around the world have embraced apprenticeships as a better or best option for certain employment opportunities and have had great success.

TAS is the most recent affiliate of the TranZed Alliance (Alliance), an organization that began with the establishment of the Children’s Guild in 1953. The alliance has grown to include additional programs to promote the Alliance’s overarching mission: Transformation Education. This culture creates management and staff who are agile thinkers who engage the individual student in the way that he or she learns best.

TAS has begun efforts in the Mid-Atlantic area. Its initial apprenticeship offerings are in the IT sector and in partnership with 3aaa, a top-rated UK apprenticeship company that specializes in Professional Services Apprenticeships. The program is based on the 3aaa model as well as information gleaned from several US focus groups including government officials and potential employers. An apprentice is employed full time and will receive on-the-job through a TAS employer. The apprentice will also receive 144+ hours of classroom training (both academic and soft skills) to maintain the apprentice’s occupational competence and address the employer’s business needs. The particular instruction is very flexible, tailored in partnership with the employer, and will often be project-based. Apprenticeships will be registered with Maryland’s Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

Our Team

Kimberly H. Neal, J.D.
President, TranZed Apprenticeship Ventures
Erin Finnegan
Employer Engagement
Hannah Rosenberg
Alex Gettings
Apprentice Engagement
Jonathan Marrs
Employer Engagement

Our Advisory Board

Diane Jones – Senior Fellow, Urban Institute; former US Assistant Secretary, Postsecondary Education

Annette Merz – former President, FinSecure, LLC

Jim Rosenberg – President, Abato, Rubenstein & Abato, P.A.

Stu Fitzgibbon – former Vice President, European Operations American Sugar Refining Inc. (Domino Sugar)

Joe Fisher – CEO, First Generation College Bound

Dominick Murray – Executive Director, Business & Economic Development, University of Maryland, Eastern Shore

Karen Webber – Director of Education and Youth Development, Open Society Institute, Baltimore

Marie Caputo — CPA, CGFM, CGMA, Principal Public Sector, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP

Ron Hearn – former Community College Senior Administrator

James Sellinger – Chancellor of Education, Archdiocese of Baltimore

Norman Augustine — retired Chairman and CEO, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Neil Mann — former Business Executive and Human Resources Consultant

Marie Cini — Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Maryland University College

Katharine Oliver — former Assistant State Superintendent, Career Technology and Adult Learning, Maryland State Department of Education

Lauren Spada — Executive Director, BACH

Mike Haynie — President and CEO Parkway Management and Consulting Company