Energizing New Careers:
Trades and Energy

Opening the Center for Trades and Energy Training (CTET) in Waldorf two years ago, seemed like risky business, considering our country was at the height of one of its worst recessions. But, the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) recognized that while unemployment is up, people return to college for retooling and retraining. Energized by the challenges facing the local and state economies, CSM opened new doors and new programs. With a Department of Labor grant and private donations from a number of generous businesses, CTET opened in 2009 and saw more than 1,100 enrollments in the second year.

Trained and certified electricians, ventilation and heating specialists, skilled trades workers in energy fields, truck drivers, plumbers, and other trades specialists are being trained at the entry-, intermediate-, and advanced-levels for high-paying careers at CTET. This type of training is critical to the unemployed and underemployed. To maintain, enhance and increase these programs, and to expand the center to double in size, additional private funding must be secured. CSM plans to build a new cutting-edge facility outfitted with the most advanced equipment and technology to include multi-skill labs for trade courses, training vehicles, computers, and software.

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