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Career Starters

Realize your Potential

Contact Us

College of Southern Maryland
8730 Mitchell Road
PO Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646-0910
301-934-2251
askme@csmd.edu

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Visit us at

CSM Center for Trades and Energy Training

17 Irongate Drive
Waldorf, MD 20602

For More Information

 

Business

Paula Coluzzi
301-934-7557,
paulac@csmd.edu

Construction

Dr. Ricky Godbolt
301-539-4733,
rgodbolt@csmd.edu

Early Childhood

John Terlesky, CPP
301-934-7645,
johnt@csmd.edu

Healthcare

Kelly Winters, MSN, RN, CPP
301-934-7503,
kwinters@csmd.edu

Hospitality

Shaunda Holt
301-934-7652,
srholt@csmd.edu

Information Technology

Paula Coluzzi
301-934-7557,
paulac@csmd.edu

Paula Coluzzi
301-934-7557,
paulac@csmd.edu

Transportation

Mary Beth McCollum, CPP
301-934-7870,
marybethm@csmd.edu

Veterinarian

Shaunda Holt
301-934-7652,
srholt@csmd.edu

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  1. What is Career Starters?
  2. Is this training right for me?
  3. What is the teaching method used for Career Starter programs?
  4. How long does it take to complete a Career Starter program?
  5. Are there tests required to enter the Career Starter programs?
  6. How do I get into a Career Starter program?
  7. What does a program coordinator do and how do I contact one?
  8. Where and when are classes held?
  9. Do I receive credit hours for these classes?
  10. Do I receive a certificate upon completion of the class or program?
  11. Will CSM help me with job placement?
  12. Do I need to be a high school graduate to participate in a Career Starter program?
  13. My math and/or reading skills are weak. Can I still attend a career starter program?
  14. Is financial assistance or a payment plan available?

1. What is Career Starters?
Career Starters are non-credit, job specific training programs that prepare you with rigorous short-term training to start a career at an entry level position in a high demand industry.

2. Is this training right for me?
Career Starters programs are for anyone looking to start a career quickly including:
  • Recent high school graduates and GED recipients
  • Underemployed and unemployed
  • Adult Basic Education and ESOL participants
  • Career Changers
  • Veterans leaving the military
  • Any participant seeking job-specific skills
3. What is the teaching method used for Career Starter programs?
Career Starter programs are practical education that offer a lecture and hands-on, lab format in most cases. the only exceptions are early childhood and hospitality programs which are lecture only.

4. How long does it take to complete a Career Starter program?
Most training programs take approximately 10-16 weeks to complete.

5. Are there tests required to enter the Career Starter programs?
No tests are required to enter any of the programs.  In skilled trades classes, CSM will assess your basic skills to read and locate information and to perform applied math skills.  If you do not meet the industry standards for your career goal, continue your trades training while you bring up your basic skills.  Use CSM's FREE on-line, self-development  basic skills training to meet the industry standards.  Complete your basic skills training at home, at CSM's library, or any computer with internet access.

6. How do I get into a Career Starter program?
There is no admission or application process for a non-credit course or certificate program. Step 1. Identify the courses you need to complete your desired career starter program using the Career Starters website. Step 2. Review the latest Continuing Education Schedule of Classes to find the classes you need. Step 3. Register for your class! You may register online or via mail/fax using the continuing education registration form.  

7. What does a program coordinator do and how do I contact one?
A program coordinator is assigned to each industry area to manage the courses. For a complete list of program coordinators visit the Career Starters website. The contact information can be found along the right side of that page or at the top of each individual Career Starter program page.

8. Where and when are classes held?
Classes can be held at any of the College of Southern Maryland campus locations or centers which includes the Center for Transportation and the new CSM Center for Trades and Energy Training opening fall 2009. Classes will be held evenings, weekends, daytime, and/or online dependent upon the program. See our  Continuing Education Schedule of Classes to find a class that fits your schedule.

9. Do I receive credit hours for these classes?
No, credit hours are not provided for career starter classes.
 
10. Do I receive a certificate upon completion of the class or program?
An attendance certificate is provided at the end of each class. Participants can fill out an application for continuing education certificate (CEC) here for each program successfully completed.
11. Will CSM help me with job placement?
Career Services will assist you with your job search by providing services such as resume preparation, interviewing skills, and access to the Job Connections database which posts vacant positions for Washington Metropolitan employers for free.
12. Do I need to be a high school graduate to participate in a Career Starter program?
You do not need to be a high school graduate or obtain a GED unless you are less than 18 years of age. If are are ages 16-18, you must have graduated high school, passed the GED, or provide a dual enrollment form signed by your guidance counselor or lifelong learning specialist.

13. My math and/or reading skills are weak. Can I still attend a career starter program?
Yes. In skilled trade classes, CSM will assess your ability to perform applied math skills, read and locate information. If you do not meet industry standards for your career, we will provide you free, online self-development software to bring those skills up to an acceptable level. you can complete the courses at home, at a CSM library, or any computer with internet access. Plans are to expand this service to all Career Starter areas at a later date. 

14. Is financial assistance or a payment plan available?
Yes. View Information about financial assistance and information about the CSM Tuition Payment Plan.