Continuing Education and Training offers an array of timely and relevant educational opportunities for Carroll County residents. Courses and training programs assist individuals and groups to prepare and keep pace in career, occupational, professional, personal, and cultural growth areas. Non-credit courses are delivered in formats that are convenient and flexible for learners of all ages and abilities, including self-directed learning, traditional classroom, small group seminars, conferences, field study, clinical practicum, and distance learning. Working closely with local businesses, government, and non-profit agencies, Continuing Education and Training provides customized training that meets specific workplace needs. Through the communication technologies of interactive video, satellite down-link and the Internet, students and employers are linked to regional, national, and global resources.
Career and Continuing Professional Education
Continuing Education and Training offers courses and training programs to prepare individuals to enter the workforce and to upgrade current job skills. Industry certification and pre-licensing qualifications can be obtained in many areas. Workforce Training Certificates are awarded in more than forty programs leading to licensure, industry certification and employment. A Digital Badge is issued to all successful completers of a Workforce Training Certificate. A Digital Badge is an electronic validation of the student’s new skills and can be shared across all online platforms.
Following are current offerings by major content areas, however, new training programs are developed each year.
Healthcare Career Training
Healthcare career training programs are available for individuals currently working in the field who are seeking training in different aspects of healthcare and for those who are considering a career for the first time. Healthcare programs include:
- Certified Medicine Aide
- Certified Nursing Assistant
- Dental Assistant
- Emergency Medical Technician
- Medical Assistant
- Medical Billing
- Pharmacy Technician
- Phlebotomy Technician
- Registered Behavior Technician
- Sterile Processing Technician
Continuing Education courses are also offered for healthcare professionals in a variety of topics throughout the year.
Courses are available for the professionals in the field needing to update computer skills, individuals seeking industry certifications, and for those who have little or no computer experience. Courses in all major computer software suites, internet use, desktop publishing, photo and drawing tools for web publication, networks, computer repair, cyber security, Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification, and other specialized applications are available. Many courses are available online, or as a combination of classroom and online.
IT Certification training is also available. Certification Programs include:
- CompTIA A+
- CompTIA Network+
- CompTIA Security+
- Adobe Certified Associate
- Quickbooks Certified User
Workforce Training certificates in Computer Graphic Design and Digital and Social Media are also available.
Continuing Education and Training offers entry-level classes to prepare students to enter the workforce by completing the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) training requirements for center directors and childcare teachers. In addition, childcare continuing education courses offered at Carroll Community College are approved by the Maryland State Department of Education, Office of Child Care, and assist childcare professionals in meeting their annual training requirements.
A broad array of courses to prepare students to work in, or advance in, a variety of occupations are offered.
- Animal Control Officer
- Commercial UAS (Drone) Pilot
- Electrical Apprenticeship
- Electrical Helper
- Home Improvement Contractor
- Home Inspector
- HVAC Apprentice
- HVACR Technician
- Management Development
- Media Production Specialist
- Personal Fitness Instructor
- Real Estate Sales Agent
- Truck Driver/CDL-A and CDL-B
- Veterinary Assistant
Classes to prepare for the Maryland Home Improvement Exam are available. The College provides four-year apprenticeship programs in partnership with the Electrical Apprentice Program of Carroll County and the Heating and Air Conditioning Contractors of Maryland.
Professional Development, Licensure, and Certification
Through ongoing interaction with state licensing divisions, professional associations, and other colleges, courses are developed to meet educational and continuing professional education needs in the career areas of real estate, insurance, child care, nursing, accounting, behavioral health (social work, counselors and psychologists), water/waste-water treatment, massage therapy, and other professions. Courses are held in a variety of formats including online, interactive video, and traditional classroom settings. New courses are developed each year.
Leadership and Management
Coursework is available in many leadership and management topics including management basics, interviewing strategies, HR legal issues, feedback and coaching, leading change, emotional intelligence, communication skills, fostering diversity and managing conflict.
Carroll Community College provides occupational Spanish language training as an Official Registered Provider for Command Spanish®, Inc. This training is designed to help non-Spanish speaking workers communicate with Spanish-speaking clients, customers, and co-workers in a wide variety of occupational fields, including law enforcement, dental and medical, service industry, banking, and construction.
Advantage C: Your Partner in Corporate Training and Organizational Development
Experts agree that investing in talent is vital to sustainable business growth and to foster an organization’s ability to adapt in an increasingly uncertain environment. Advantage C was founded to help individuals, teams and organizations achieve their potential and provides a variety of flexible and innovative trainings, tools and services to support the demand for continuous development. Our flexible and affordable approach to service helps businesses deliver learning to their workforce in a convenient and personal way, extending ownership for learning and growth beyond the HR organization. From technical skills, such as computer applications or welding, to essential workplace skills, including conflict management and business communications, to management and leadership development, Advantage C can customize solutions to meet your unique needs. All of our services are available online and in-person.
Programs and Services
- Corporate training: Our open enrollment and contract training is designed to meet specific business needs in convenient and flexible formats.
- Professional Coaching: Our accredited coaches provide confidential support to leaders, professionals and/or teams. Areas of expertise include leadership development, performance coaching, conflict coaching, sales coaching, and team development - all in support of meaningful business outcomes.
- Business Consulting: Clients have access to our professional network of subject matter experts who can work with your team to lead or support critical initiatives. Our industry knowledge in a wide-range of areas, coupled with dedicated project support, allows organizations to achieve business goals faster.
- Facilitation: Organizations can leverage our skilled facilitators to ensure their next focus group, strategic planning session, or important meeting is a success.
- Leadership Peer Advisory Group (LPAG): We facilitate unique learning opportunities to help local business leaders develop themselves, their organizations, and their communities.
- Research-Backed Assessments. Advantage C is an Everything DiSC® Authorized Partner, providing clients with a variety of assessment tools and services, designed to improve work relationships, elevate performance, and shape organizational culture.
- Licensure and certification preparation: We offer training designed to meet state, national, and industry requirements.
- English for speakers of other languages (ESOL): We offer communication skills training and Spanish for the workplace.
To further its mission of providing services to the business community, the College has established partnerships with Maryland Department of Commerce, Carroll County Office of Economic Development, Business and Employment Resource Center, Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, Carroll County SHRM, Carroll Technology Council, Maryland Job Service, Carroll County Public Schools, and numerous other agencies and business associations.
Carroll is a member of Maryland WorkSmart network helping to service the needs of Maryland businesses in partnership with the Maryland Department of Commerce. Additionally, Carroll partners with community colleges across the region, nation and the globe to meet corporate training needs world-wide. Partnerships with national and international training organizations bring renowned training curriculum to local employers. Established educational partnership enable delivery of widely acclaimed programs in customer service, sales training, team leadership and development, management and supervision, quality and continuous improvement, and personal development. 360 Degree Assessments with consulting and training services are also available to assist with leadership development and executive coaching.
For businesses interested in maximizing the health and wellbeing of their employees, corporate wellness programs can be designed for specific employer and employee needs. CPR, first aid, ACLS, and other safety programs are offered that help keep employees safe and ensure company compliance with OSHA/MOSH. Carroll Community College is an approved training center for the American Heart Association. All First Aid, CPR and AED courses are taught by certified instructors.
Miller Resources for Entrepreneurs
Miller Resources for Entrepreneurs provides educational programming, networking opportunities, and referral services for entrepreneurs and small business owners throughout the region. In conjunction with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Miller’s services help develop the local economy and support Carroll’s neighborhoods and communities.
- Classes: Entrepreneurs and small business owners can take advantage of a variety of courses to assist with all facets of business start-up and growth.
- Events and Networking: Miller hosts special business events and networking opportunities.
- Consulting: College credit and non-credit students can gain free small business counseling through SBDC resources.
- Referral Services: Miller helps students explore and access available local, state and federal resources.
Adult Education Programs
The College offers adult diploma programs that help to improve the basic skills needed at work, at home, and in everyday life. Courses prepare students to take the GED® exam and earn a high school diploma. Instruction is given in math, reading, social studies, science, and writing and is tailored to the skill level of the student. GED® practice tests are available for those who want to determine their readiness for success. Academic advising is available for those who wish to continue with job training or a college education.
English for Speakers of Other Languages
The College offers English courses for foreign-born adults who want to learn or improve their English. Course size is small to meet the needs of the students. Intensive instruction is given in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students also learn about the American culture and civics. The Basic English classes are free of charge. There is a charge for Academic Level English. Students are tested to determine their class placement.
Adults, youth, and children of all ages are inspired by personal development activities that stimulate creativity, broaden knowledge, expand perspectives, and support healthy living. A broad selection of courses and activities are designed to accommodate changing lifestyles and new programs are continually added to reflect community interests.
Arts and Humanities
A variety of courses are offered to enhance and expand knowledge through the visual, musical, and written arts. Both beginning and experienced artists are nurtured and encouraged to enhance their skills in the creative arts through courses in drawing, painting, craft, photography, and writing. Additional courses in history, culture, and foreign language are offered.
Health, Wellness, and Safety
A wide variety of courses designed to enhance good physical, emotional, and mental health are held on a regular basis. Courses range from aerobic dancing and yoga to alternative practices and personal health. Special safety courses for motorcycle enthusiasts as well as personal safety.
World View courses and programs provide perspectives and information designed to cultivate global understanding and bridge cultural differences in a rapidly shrinking world. Throughout the year, World View activities explore a variety of personal, collective, informational and historical viewpoints of the world through courses, seminars, lectures, and special events.
A collection of courses intended to enrich the daily activities of life are offered on a regular basis. Special programs focus on home and garden themes, outdoor adventure and the culinary arts. New topic areas designed for personal development are continually being developed.
Senior Adults at Carroll
Senior adults may engage in learning experiences designed with their interests and needs in mind. Courses are offered at community senior centers and on the College campus in art, computer applications, humanities, world view, and more.
Kids@Carroll + Teen College
Young people are welcomed on campus. School-aged children and youth, ages 6 - 15, may take advantage of Summer!Kids@Carroll and Teen College, a weekly summer enrichment program in a camp-like environment. Age appropriate enrichment programs in science, art, crafts, world culture, technology, and more are offered. Programs are also offered during the school year.