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Academic Catalog
    May 05, 2021  
Catalog 2013-2014 
Catalog 2013-2014 [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 features an orientation, classroom instruction, and behind-the-wheel training to prepare students to drive safely. 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
  • cooking
  • dance
  • history/current events
  • home and garden
  • languages and culture
  • life skills
  • motorcycle safety
  • music, theatre 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, and Personal Training sessions 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 42,000 students started, maintained credentials, or advanced in a career  in the past three years. 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 Apartment Maintenance Technician
  • Certified Structural Welder
  • Electrical Helper
  • Entry-Level Building Trades Union Worker
  • Entry-Level Carpenter
  • Entry-Level Plumber
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Helper
  • Home Improvement Contractor
  • Home Inspector

Early Childhood

  • Child Development Associate (CDA)
  • 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


  • Bartender
  • Meeting/Event Planner
  • Wedding Coordinator

 Information Technology

  • Auto Cad Operator
  • Cabling Systems Installation Technician
  • Certified Computer Repair Technician
  • Web Page Developer


  • Legal Secretary
  • Paralegal

Real Estate

  • Real Estate Agent
  • Real Estate Appraiser


  • 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’s), Continuing Professional Education (CPE’s) or Professional Development Units (PDU’s) to maintain their license/certification. Also included are mandatory updates and renewals.

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 + (CPEs)
  • EPA-Certified Renovator Certification
  • ISC (2) CISSP (CPEs)
  • National Electrical Code Update (Electrician)
  • Nurse Refresher
  • OSHA 10-Hour Construction
  • Passenger/School Bus Endorsement
  • Project Management Professionals (PDUs)

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+
  • Business Writing
  • Certified Medicine Aid
  • CFC Certification
  • CISCO Certified Networking Associate (CCNA)
  • Certified Information System Security Professional
  • Communication/Soft Skills
  • CompTIA Network +
  • CompTIA Security +
  • Electrical Technical Skills
  • Gas Metal Art (MIG) Welder
  • Gas Tungsten ARC (TIG) Welder
  • HVAC Technical Skills
  • Management and Professional Development
  • Microsoft Office Specialist
  • Pipe Welder
  • Programming Languages
  • Project Management Professional Certification
  • Society of Human Resource Management Certification

Also available are continuing education certificates leading to advancement:

  • Accounting Fundamentals*
  • Electrical Apprentice
  • HVAC Apprentice
  • IT Support Technician
  • Network Administrator
  • Patient Care Technician
  • Project Management Fundamentals*
  • Quickbooks*
  • Supervisory Development*


Center for Trades and Energy Training

The college’s Center for Trades and Energy Training (CTET) 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 Construction and Education Research (NCCER) and 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 classes.  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

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.  These high-demand jobs offer a competitive salary:

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
  • Child Development Associate (CDA)
  • 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
  • Group Fitness Instructor (ACE)
  • Home Improvement License
  • Home Inspection
  • HVAC Journeyman
  • Lifeguard Training
  • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)
  • OSHA 10-Hour
  • Personal Trainer Fundamentals (ACE)
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • Pipe Welder
  • Praxis 1-Academic Skills Assessment for beginning teachers
  • Project Management Professional
  • Real Estate Agent
  • Real Estate Appraiser
  • Stationary Engineer License
  • Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Certification
  • Swimming Pool/Spa Operations and Maintenance
  • Water ART Instructor
  • 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 and Technology Development Center

The Maryland Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC), 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 SBTDC, Southern Region is hosted by the College of Southern Maryland and continues to have convenient locations in all three counties. The SBTDC utilizes a staff of experienced professionals to serve clients in both traditional business assistance as well as specialized consulting. Consulting is confidential, provided at no charge and emphasizes education and guidance in finding practical solutions to business problems. In addition, the SBTDC 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 businesses. The Maryland SBTDC 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