Department of Outreach for Public, Student, Legislative and Corporate Relations

Department of Outreach for Public, Student, Legislative and Corporate Relations

Office of Public Relations

The Office of Public Relations manages internal and external communications, creates and manages special projects, communicates with media, writes press releases, monitors MHEC’s website for accuracy, handles all Public Information Requests, and assists units with public relations matters.

Office of Outreach and Grants Management (OGM)

The Office is responsible for conducting statewide outreach activities with the goal of enrolling and graduating more Marylanders from postsecondary education. Outreach staff members conduct financial aid and college planning presentations; create and issue financial aid and college planning publications, videos, social media, mobile apps, websites, and webinars; and coordinate other activities to encourage college preparation, enrollment, and success for high school students and returning adult learners. Special focus is given to low income and underrepresented students throughout Maryland.

In addition, the Office administers federal, State, and special fund grant programs focused on college access and success, workforce development, scientific research, higher education reforms, and teacher professional development. In addition, OGM administers over $20 million annually in grants. OGM seeks funding by writing proposals and obtaining grants from external sources (federal and philanthropic), administers competitive sub-grant programs, and manages State-funded grant programs.

Office of Legislative Affairs

MHEC’s liaison with State and federal government is the Office of Legislative Affairs. The Office coordinates the preparation of legislation the Department wants introduced, and analyzes other legislation for its impact on the agency.

Office of Corporate Relations

This office coordinates efforts regarding higher education and workforce development with the Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED), the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation (DLLR), and the Governor’s Office of Federal Relations.​​