careers in today’s economy often means going back to college to equip yourself
with new skills. Community colleges are often the first place to which career
changers turn, and for reasons beyond their good value.
colleges have served adult learners for decades. They understand the challenges
faced by older students who often have family and job responsibilities.
Community College, we offers many short-term training programs and certificates to
quickly prepare you for your new career. Carroll has flexible learning options,
including evening and online courses, to fit your busy schedule. We will help you investigate financial aid opportunities and the advantages of its
tuition payment plan.
We embrace student learning as its primary and defining
mission, and support learning through small classes, free tutoring, instructional
technology, and personal attention from faculty who know you by name. For many,
Carroll is a better choice than a large university campus with its 200-seat
these challenging economic times, getting the most value from your educational
investment is more important than ever. Check the tuition and fees charged by
the other institutions you may be considering and see if Carroll Community
College is your wisest investment for higher education. You’ll find that, with
support from Carroll County and the state, plus the college’s cost-efficient
operations, Carroll’s tuition and fees are less than half those of a University
of Maryland campus and a quarter or less of what you’d pay at a private
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understand that college could help your career and enrich your life. But can it
fit into your busy life? We know you have other obligations, so the
college offers classes in several formats to accommodate adult lives.
with traditional 9 to 5 jobs, we offer an extensive lineup of evening
classes. In fact, a fourth of our instructional activity takes place after 6
p.m. And many of these classes meet only one day a week, saving commuting
expenses and minimizing the disruption of your daily routine.
courses provide the most flexibility. Though often called “distance education”
since commuting to campus classes is eliminated, the real advantage of online
courses is control over time. While
course assignments will usually have hard deadlines, you control when and where
you do the work. In a typical semester, Carroll offers over 50 courses entirely
online, though for some courses you may have to come to campus for exams. A
majority of the credits needed for an Associate of Arts degree in General
Studies, Arts and Sciences, or Business Administration can be completed online.
You can also earn General Education credits online regardless of your degree
format attractive to adult learners is the hybrid course, which combines online
learning with occasional campus classroom meetings. A common format has the
class meeting on campus one night every-other week, with web assignments in
between. You get much of the convenience of an online course, but with the
reassurance and benefits of periodic face-to-face interaction with faculty and
Carroll offers a
number of two-year degree programs to prepare you for immediate entry into a
career. Many of these programs also offer one-year certificates, and even
shorter-term letters of recognition. (While many of the courses in these short-term
programs will transfer to the bachelor’s degree, some specialized courses may
not. See an advisor
if you plan to transfer.) A credential in one of these career areas may be your
path to a rewarding future.
In addition to degree-credit programs,
the college’s Continuing Education and Training area offers multiple ways to
get trained for entry-level positions that don’t require a degree. To see the
entire range of non-credit options, see the current issue of the Continuing
Education and Training class schedule Balance.
Prepare for paraprofessional positions
in accounting offices of business and government agencies. You will learn
accounting principles as applied in offices with extensive use of technology. Students
already possessing a bachelor’s degree can earn a certificate to qualify for
candidacy to take the Maryland CPA examination.
Learn the skills to succeed as a health
information technician in a hospital, nursing home, physician’s office,
ambulatory care or other health facility. Completers of the certificate are
eligible to sit for the licensure examination offered by the American Health
Information Management Association. Complete the three-course letter of
recognition in Medical Records Coding to get employed sooner; the courses are
part of the certificate program.
Prepare for entry into the law
enforcement profession, or improve your opportunities for promotion, by
completing the Associate of Applied Science degree. The program provides the
theoretical and technical skills needed to succeed in a rewarding criminal
Gain the technical and human relations
skills you need to succeed in the modern office environment. Completion of the
certificate program validates your information technology competencies and
prepares you for administrative/executive assistant and office manager
positions. Or choose shorter-term specializations in legal secretary or medical
transcription. Many of the courses are self-paced. Choose individual courses to
gain specific skills if a credential is not needed.
and Information Technology
working with computers? Carroll offers several ways to get the training you
need to enter or advance in the information technology field.
an entry-level position as a CAD operator, engineering technician, CAD
detailer, or design assistant, working under the guidance of architects and
engineers. Students interested in more advanced study in engineering or
architecture might include CAD courses in their General Studies program.
creativity plus images, typography, layout, color, and interactivity to meet
client marketing objectives within budget in print, web, and multimedia
applications. Combine computer competencies, design principles, creative
expression, and customer service for jobs in design studios, advertising
agencies, in-house creative departments, digital video firms, web development,
or your own business.
a career in computer technology or to transfer to a baccalaureate institution.
Learn how hardware, software, and networks interrelate to provide information
management solutions in business, government, education, and other settings.
Completion of the information systems program prepares you for entry-level IT
positions such as computer programmer, network or database support technician,
help desk associate, or hardware repair technician.
don’t need a degree, you might take individual credit courses to meet your
needs, or consider a non-credit option. Continuing Education offers a number of
shorter-term, non-credit programs to get you trained for quicker entry into a
computer occupation, or to prepare you for IT industry certifications.
for skilled health care workers promises to be strong as the population ages
and current workers retire. Carroll Community College offers a variety of degree
programs to get you into the health services industry, prepare you for
certifications, and advance your career.
college’s Continuing Education and Training area offers a number of ways to
prepare you for entry or advancement in a health care profession. Some of these
non-credit options require fewer than 100 hours of training, providing a fast
track into the health care field. Entry-level training lets you start your
career in a year or less and may provide the first rung in a career ladder to
more advanced and higher paying positions.
Community College has entered into a partnership with Frederick and Howard
Community Colleges to provide an expanded set of health care programs in Mount
Airy. The Mount Airy College Center for Health Care Education is expected to
open in fall 2012. Located in the Twin Arch Business Park, the center will
offer credit programs and continuing education certificates from all three
colleges to residents of the three counties at in-county tuition rates.
offers several opportunities for those interested in a
teaching career. These include courses approved by the Maryland State
Department of Education (MSDE) for teacher certification, MSDE-approved courses
in Early Childhood Education for child care professionals, an Associate degree
in Early Childhood Education, and Associate degree programs to prepare you for
transfer to four-year institutions to pursue the bachelor’s degree. If you
think teaching is for you, we have the courses and programs to help you reach
Carroll Community College offers your most affordable higher education option,
many may find paying for college a challenge. There are several ways to afford
college that you should explore. Carroll’s online and evening classes might fit
around your work schedule—unlike most four-year college students, most of
Carroll’s students attend part-time. Taking one or two classes a term is one
way to reduce the financial burden while still making progress on your
of your financial situation, you might complete the Free Application for
Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov as the first step in exploring your
financial aid options.
to manage the cost of college is to enroll in Carroll's automatic tuition
payment plan, called the FACTS plan. Depending on when you enroll, the plan
requires a down payment followed by monthly payments. There are no interest or
finance charges assessed on your outstanding balance; instead, you pay a small
fee per semester. Monthly payments are deducted from your bank account or
charged to your credit card.
affordable tuition, evening and online courses, and experience serving older
students, Carroll Community College is your best choice for gaining the skills
and credentials you need to advance your career and enrich your life.
Carroll offers a variety of programs designed for academic and career-oriented preparation. We have transfer agreements with numerous 4-year colleges and universities, making Carroll the smart choice for students seeking a seamless transition. Find out more about becoming a student at Carroll today.
Our Continuing Education division offers more than 1,000 on-campus, online and hybrid classes to help you enhance your career, empower your employees or enrich your personal interests. Find out more about these programs today.