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College to Offer Combined GED and A+Certification Class

Release Date: 1/6/2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Sylvia Blair
Executive Assistant to the President
Carroll Community College
410-386-8411

Carroll Community College to Offer Combined GED and A+Certification Class

Westminster, Md., --Carroll Community College (Carroll) has been awarded a $50,000 grant to implement Round III of the statewide MI-BEST pilot. The funds will be used to offer a combined GED and A+ Certification class, helping students to earn a high school diploma while starting on a career path in the Information Technology field.

Based on the Washington state Integrating Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) model, MI-BEST offers Maryland residents the opportunity to improve basic skills while earning an industry-recognized credential in a field offering family-sustaining wages. This concurrent model has been piloted in other jurisdictions around the state; this will focus on GED preparation and A+ certification, which prepares students for jobs in the Information Technology sector.

Computer User Support Specialists and related occupations are identified as “Bright Outlook” occupations by the United States Department of Labor; there are also strong indications that there are many opportunities in this field both regionally and locally. Additionally, the recently-released Baltimore Talent Development Pipeline study identified Information Technology as one of the six sectors offering the greatest promise for low-skilled workers to move into family-supporting, middle-skill jobs.

Grant funds have been awarded by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation and the Annie E. Casey Foundation and will support all training costs, including books and test fees.

“This is an outstanding opportunity for people to jump-start their education and careers, earning not only a high school diploma but also a credential that local employers will recognize and value,” says Becki Maurio, director of Adult Education Programs and the project lead. “Adult Education has a history of working with graduates to help them transition into further education and training; this opportunity to blend GED and occupational training to accelerate participants into good-paying jobs is very exciting.”

Included in the program will be employer panels, job fairs and visits to local businesses to help students understand and prepare for careers in IT.

“CompTIA’s A+ certification has always been recognized as a certification that provides entry into the IT field as well as a good stepping stone for IT professionals to move on to higher level certifications and advance their careers. Employers recognize the value of the A+ certification and many require it for all of their computer technicians and support specialists,” says Matt Day, director of Workforce Training and Business Services.

Carroll will hold an information session for prospective students on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at 6 p.m. in room N201. Pre-registration is requested. Contact ged@carrollcc.edu or 410-386-8630 to register.

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Note to the Media: For best response to your inquiries, please call Sylvia Blair at 410-386-8411 or e-mail sblair@carrollcc.edu.

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