CSM to Host Career Starters Open Houses

Four Scholarships to be Awarded for Non-Credit Training Programs

LA PLATA, Md. (Aug. 4, 2010)—The College of Southern Maryland is hosting Career Starters program open houses to introduce its slate of non-credit training courses for people who want to kick start a career in a high-demand industry in 10 to 16 weeks. The two events are at the Leonardtown Campus on Aug. 5 and the Prince Frederick Campus on Aug. 10. CSM will also host an open house for the Center for Trades and Energy Training in Waldorf on Aug. 12, to introduce construction non-credit training for people who are interested in carpentry, welding, electrical, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) careers.

Open House guests can enter a drawing for an instant scholarship for the fall 2010 semester with one scholarship to be awarded at each of the open houses.

Career Starters programs include classes offered in short sequences for students to gain skills quickly to enter the workforce. The career fields of business, construction, early childhood, healthcare, hospitality, information technology, transportation and veterinarian are offered through the Career Starters program.

During the open houses, prospective students will have an opportunity to meet with a program coordinator and instructors from each career field, learn location and schedule of classes for individual training programs, learn about financing options and register for classes. The Center for Trades and Energy Training, located at 17 Irongate Drive in Waldorf, will offer training courses focusing on construction trades. All other Career Starters training program classes will be offered at CSM campuses in La Plata, Leonardtown and Prince Frederick.

Additionally, through Career Services, students can receive assistance in building a resume and developing solid interview skills as well as have access to the college’s online Job Connections employment database.

Career Starters Open Houses will be from 4 to 6 p.m. on Aug. 5 at the Leonardtown Campus, A Building, Auditorium; from 4 to 6 p.m. on Aug. 10 at Prince Frederick Campus, Flagship Building, Room 119; and from 4 to 6 p.m. on Aug. 12 at the CSM Center for Trades and Energy Training.

For information on Career Starters, visit http://www.csmd.edu/CareerStarters/ or call 301-934-7765 or 301-870-2309, 240-725-5499 or 443-550-6199, Ext. 7765.

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