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Catalog 2012-2013 
Catalog 2012-2013 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Continuing Education: Workforce Development and Community Education

Continuing Education and Workforce Development

The Continuing Education and Workforce Development at the College of Southern Maryland offers a wide variety of programs, courses, and services to meet the needs of our students, community, and local businesses.

CSM continuously updates workforce development offerings to meet the current and future needs of its students for workforce preparation, skills enhancement, and career advancement.  Businesses, non-profit organizations, and government agencies are provided with state-of-the-art training customized to the individual management and production methods. CSM also provides extensive services to entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Children, teenagers, adults, and seniors can enrich their lives through CSM’s Community Education programs including Kids’ and Teen College, Wellness, Fitness and Aquatics classes, and Personal Enrichment courses.  Class topics  range from fitness and sports to the arts, history, technology and much more.

Courses are offered during the day, in the evening, and on the weekends for the convenience of students and local employers. Options include instructor-led courses, online training or self-paced labs.  Most classes are listed on our web site at and in our Continuing Education Schedule of Classes, which is distributed three times a year in the fall, spring, and summer. Courses are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and students are encouraged to register early.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are awarded when appropriate and documented on a continuing education record. The CEU record serves as documentation that a student has completed the course or continuing education certificate and has met the course competencies.


Community Education

Enrich your life with a variety of course offerings targeting youth and adults alike.


CSM meets several continuing education program needs for youth including:

  • driver education
  • homeschool
  • Kids’ and Teen College (academic, personal enrichment, and sports and aquatics classes)

Driver education features an orientation, classroom instruction, and behind-the-wheel training to prepare students to safely drive. CSM also offers defensive driver courses as well as driver improvement courses. More information can be found at

Homeschool classes address special academic needs that are difficult to replicate in the home.

Kids’ and Teen College delivers Saturday Discoveries art, science, and technology classes and conferences during the school year and a flexible summer program offering more than 100 academic, personal enrichment, and sport classes at all our campus locations. Choose from a half- or full-day summer program for as many weeks as needed or all summer long. Extended day options are also available at the La Plata Campus through the St. Charles Learning Center. Visit for up-to-date information.


Adults can enhance the quality of their lives with a wide-variety of classes offered designed to appeal to every interest including for example:

  • arts and crafts
  • computer
  • culinary
  • dance
  • history/current events
  • home and garden
  • languages and culture
  • life skills
  • motorcycle safety
  • music, theater and dance
  • natural health and healing
  • personal finance (including retirement planning)
  • recreational activities and past times
  • writing classes
  • and much more

Wellness, Fitness, and Aquatics

 CSM offers a variety of options to those looking to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The Fitness Exercise Labs and Pool Memberships provide you with a comfortable “no-fuss” exercise alternative with no contracts or initiation fees.

The La Plata Campus offers group fitness courses, physical fitness assessments, and individualized exercise programs. The La Plata and Leonardtown Campuses offer a variety of aquatics courses in a 25-yard lap pool and fitness centers that haves circuit weight training equipment, free weights, exercise bikes, and treadmills.

The Leonardtown Campus also offers a 32,000-square-foot Wellness and Aquatics Center. The center has two swimming pools. The first pool is a six-lane lap pool and the second pool is a therapy pool. The center contains a variety of exercise spaces for aerobics and other fitness activities, as well as an outdoor meditation garden for Tai Chi and yoga. In addition, the facility has specialized fitness assessment rooms for individualized consultations and fitness analysis.

On the Prince Frederick Campus, CSM offers a fitness center with circuit weight training equipment, free weights, and a treadmill, as well as other fitness and wellness activities. 

For more information on wellness, fitness, and aquatics, visit


Ed2Go/Online Courses

If finding the time to attend classroom-based classes is a challenge, CSM offers a wide variety of workforce development and  community education courses online through Ed2Go. CSM’s Ed2Go courses can help develop a new skill, advance your career, or expand upon a talent, all from the comfort and convenience of your home or office. For more information or a listing of online courses available each month, visit


Workforce Development

More than 22,000 students started, maintained credentials, or advanced in a career from 2009 to 2011. CSM is the first-choice provider of workforce development in Southern Maryland.

Career Starters

Students can earn a continuing education certificate by taking a short sequence of courses designed to develop specific entry-level job skills. These certificates are recognized by many employers and can give students the competitive edge needed to land a job. Many of these programs prepare  students to obtain a professional license or certification. Detailed information on each of our certificates can be found at Continuing Education Certificates are available in the following areas:


  • Entry-Level Administrative Assistant
  • Entry-level Bookkeeper


  • Building Maintenance Technician
  • Certified Structural Welder
  • Electrical Helper
  • Entry-Level Carpenter
  • Entry-Level Building Trades Union Worker
  • Entry-Level Plumber
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Helper
  • Home Inspector
  • Home Improvement Contractor
  • Lawn Care Technician

Early Childhood

  • Center Child Care Teacher for Preschool
  • Family Child Care Provider


  • Administrative Medical Assistant
  • Certified Nursing Assistant/Geriatric Nursing Assistant
  • Dental Assistant
  • Electrocardiogram Technician
  • Entry-Level Clinical Medical Assistant
  • Entry-Level Medical Billing Specialist
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • Physical Therapy Aide


  • Meeting/Event Planner
  • Wedding Coordinator

Information Technology

  • Auto Cad Operator
  • Computer Repair Technician
  • Web Page Designer


  • Commercial Truck Driver: Class A
  • Commercial Truck Driver: Class B (with Passenger/School Bus Endorsement)


  • Veterinary Assistant

Career Essentials

Many licensed professionals and college graduates require certifications to perform certain work or continuing education units (CEU) or  Professional Development Units (PDUs) to maintain their license.

Some examples include:

  • Cardiac Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) or Health-care Professionals and Instructors
  • Certified Medicine Aid Update
  • CFC Certification Preparation
  • Childcare Providers (CEUs)
  • CompTIA Security +
  • EPA-Certified Renovator Certification
  • Forensic Accounting (CEUs for CPAs)
  • ISC (2) CISSP
  • Massage Therapy (CEUs)
  • National Electrical Code Update (Electrician)
  • Nurse Refresher
  • OSHA 10-Hour Construction
  • Project Management Professionals (PDUs)
  • Real Estate Agent (CEUs)

Career Advancers

Career Advancers result in new credentials or advanced skills. Better credentials and skills equal an advantage in today’s competitive job market whether you are looking for a better job or a promotion. Examples include:

  • A+
  • CISCO Certified Networking Associate (CCNA)
  • Certified Information System Security Professional
  • Communication/Soft Skills
  • Gas Metal Art (MIG) Welder
  • Gas Tungsten ARC (TIG) Welder
  • Management and Supervisory Development Training
  • Microsoft Office Specialist
  • Network +
  • Security +
  • Pipe Welder
  • Project Management Professional Certification
  • Quickbooks
  • Society of Human Resource Management Certification

Center for Trades and Energy Training

The college’s Center for Trades and Energy Training (CTED) located in Waldorf boasts over 18,000 square feet of lab and classroom space. The Center is industry-accredited by both the National Center for Constructions and Education Research (NCCER) or American Welding Society (AWS).  CSM’s certified instructors offer hands-on experience in five new labs with state-of-the-art equipment.  Our instructors all come from the field and maintain a journeyman or master’s license or AWS  certification(s), if applicable. In preparation for emerging technologies, the college integrates renewable energy technologies into their curriculum.   CTET delivers Maryland Apprenticeship Council approved related instruction for electrical and HVAC apprentices, a host of career starters and essential certifications, and many advanced-level skills training.  These high-demand fields offer a competitive wage in today’s market:

HVAC Technician

Anticipated Growth from 2008-2018: 20%

Salary Range: $37,200 - $58,600


Anticipated Growth from 2008-2018: 15%

Salary Range: $33,000 - $51,000


Anticipated Growth from 2008-2018: 13%

Salary Range: $33,000-$51,000

Lawn Care Technician

Anticipated Growth from 2008-2018: 26%

Salary Range: $21,000 - 51,800

CSM has strong partnerships with local trade associations, high schools, employers, and the building trades unions that can help when it comes to finding a job, articulation agreements have been signed with Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s Public Schools enabling qualified seniors in related programs to move right into more advanced level of apprenticeship of craft training.

Center for Transportation

CSM also hosts a commercial driving range, Class A and B trucks and buses,. Professional instructors with real-world experience teach a curriculum certified by the Professional Truck Driving Institute for commercial driver license training. The college offers Commercial Driver’s License A and Commercial Driver License B with the passenger/bus endorsement.

Commercial Truck Driver B with Passenger/Bus Endorsement

Anticipated Grow from 2008 to 2018: 13%

Salary Range: $23,700 to $32,000

Commercial Truck Driver A

Anticipated Growth from 2008 to 2018: 13%

Salary Range:$31,900 to $47,500


Professional Licensure and Certification

CSM offers classes and training to prepare students for a variety of state and national certifications. Professional license, certification, and re-certification preparation programs include:

  • American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Health-care Providers
  • American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR
  • Automotive Service Excellence
  • Certified Group Fitness Instructor
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  • Certified Medicine Aide
  • Certified Nursing Assistant/Certified Geriatric Assistant
  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Certified Structural Welder
  • CFC Certification (refrigerant handling)
  • Chair-side Dental Assistant
  • Childcare Teacher for Preschool
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
  • Class A Commercial Driver’s License
  • Class B Commercial Driver’s License with bus/passenger endorsement
  • CompTIA A+ certification
  • CompTIA Network+ Certification
  • CompTIA Security + Certification
  • Electrician Journeyman/Master
  • EPA - Certified Renovator Certification
  • Family Childcare Provider
  • Gas Metal Arc (MIG) Welder
  • Gas Tungsten Arc (TIG) welder
  • Home Improvement License
  • Home Inspection
  • HVAC Journeyman
  • Lifeguard Training
  • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)
  • OSHA 10-Hour
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • Pipe Welder
  • Praxis 1-Academic Skills Assessment for beginning teachers
  • Project Management Professional
  • Real Estate Agent
  • Stationary Engineer License
  • Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Certification
  • Swimming Pool/Spa Operations and Maintenance
  • Water Safety Instructor


Resources for Businesses

Customized Training for Employers

Fundamental to an organization’s success is the ability to acquire and maintain a highly skilled workforce. The Corporate Center (CCT) develops customized training tailored to meet specific business performance needs and deliver it at a convenient time and place. CCT’s diverse training programs meet the needs of employees, business owners, and executives. CCT training programs include specialty areas such as:

  • Allied Health (respite care, daycare)
  • Construction Trades and Skills
  • Management Development and Supervision
  • Leadership Development
  • Project Management
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology/Assurance
  • Business Writing and Presentation Skills
  • Office Technology

CSM instructors have extensive instructional and senior level experience. This real-life experience combines with our interactive and hands-on approach, provides staff with a practical, job-specific skills needed to enhance productivity.

For more information, call 301-934-7835 or visit

Small Business Development Center

The Maryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Southern Region services the tri-county business community and focuses on three-core areas: no-fee confidential business consulting, educational programming, and timely useful information.  The SBDC, Southern Region is hosted by the College of Southern Maryland and continues to have convenient location in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties.  The SBDC utilizes a staff of experienced professionals to provide no-fee businesses and management consulting to businesses in all three counties.  Consulting is confidential and emphasized education and guidance in finding practical solutions t to business problems.  In addition the SBDC offers educational classes and workshops to aid entrepreneurs in articulating goals , evaluating and improving business ideas, researching and attracting needed advisors and resources, and writing business plans to build their business.

 The Maryland SBDC program is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the University of Maryland. For more information, visit

Environmental, Health, and Safety Training and Assistance

Since 1982, the Maryland Center for Environmental Training (MCET) has established a reputation for excellence in environmental, safety and health training and compliance assistance through practical applications. MCET provides site-specific environmental, health and safety training and services for municipalities, private businesses and industry, and state and federal agencies. Employers and employees who partner with MCET integrate regulatory compliance into their site-specific training and day-to-day activities. Combined with applications of best management practices geared to the actual performance of their duties, the participant’s learning experiences will focus on and relate to their working environment. For more information, call 301-934-7500 or visit