Many job seekers look for ways to show employers they have received job
training, improved skill sets or gained specific technical knowledge in order
to find a new job or advance in the one they have. Carroll Community College
provides a credential—the Continuing Education certificate—that can help
individuals move up the career ladder, enter a new occupation or receive industry-recognized
licensure or certification.
Carroll’s Continuing Education certificates, offered in such fields as
health care, information technology and skilled trades, can provide a
competitive edge in job searches for people who complete them. Training programs
have been developed in high-demand areas in the region, and new programs are
created as employment needs arise.
A Continuing Education certificate is awarded to a student upon the successful
completion of a non-credit course or courses. To earn certificates, students
must meet all specific requirements including pre-requisites, learning
assessments and attendance expectations. The length of Continuing Education training
can range from 30 hours for an administrative dental assistant to 600 or more
hours for apprenticeship training programs.
Many certificates have stringent competency requirements mandated by state
regulations in order to enter particular fields. Acquiring a Continuing Education
certificate signifies that a student has mastered the course competencies by demonstrating
the skills and, in some training programs, completing formal assessments or
other tests. These achievements can be valuable to an employer during the
In addition to its certificates, Carroll offers hundreds of continuing
education and test preparation courses for individuals seeking to meet a
specific work-related goal. Some certificates are a first step towards
obtaining a degree. A Certified Nursing Assistant, for example, may choose to return
to the College in the Practical Nursing program. The student may then pursue
Registered Nursing, followed by bachelor’s and master’s degrees. These health
care professionals may also come back to Carroll to earn the CEUs required to
stay current in their field, illustrating how in today’s world, education is a
lifetime learning process.