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Why should I consider taking a Continuing Education course and how will it help me?

Where can I find out about Continuing Education classes offered at CCBC?

Am I required to take a placement test before taking Continuing Education classes?

Can I take classes Online?

How do I choose a program of study?

Is it possible to take a credit course as a Continuing Education student?

What are co-listed courses and what are the advantages?

Can I get any career counseling if I discover that I want to take additional classes for credit?

What types of employment training programs do you have?

How do I get my GED?

What is the External Diploma Program?

What type of certificate do I get upon completion of a non-credit program or course?

Can I receive academic credit for Continuing Education courses?

Is financial assistance available for Continuing Education classes? Who is eligible?

Q - Why should I consider taking a Continuing Education course and how will it help me?

Continuing Education courses provide reasonably priced opportunities to develop skills if you are considering a career change, job training or self-improvement. Varied course offerings also provide personal enrichment opportunities for every member of your family.

Most Continuing Education courses are designed to equip you with skills needed in today’s workforce. Completing these courses should lead to greater employment opportunities in the workplace.

Q - Where can I find out about Continuing Education classes offered at CCBC?

The CCBC website contains a wealth of program and course information. Visit the Continuing Education homepage </noncredit/index.html> and go from there. Course information along with a registration form is also contained in the CCBC Continuing Education Schedule of Classes catalog, which is mailed to every home in Baltimore County three times yearly. These schedules of classes are also available at all Baltimore County Public Library locations. The college’s website and schedule of classes contain information for further contact either on-line or by phone. Some courses are also available on-line, upon request. Visit www.ccbcmd.edu/noncredit/online.html </noncredit/online.html> for more information.

Q - Am I required to take a placement test before taking Continuing Education classes?

Generally speaking, placement tests are not required for entrance into Continuing Education courses. At times, more technical courses require either completion of previous classes or attainment of certain competencies and skills. Many Continuing Education classes are part of a comprehensive program of study, so it is best to take these classes in the order suggested.

Enrollment in literacy classes requires an initial assessment for proper placement in class, which will better enable individuals to attain their educational goals.

Q - Can I take classes on-line?

Many courses are available on-line by request. Classes can be accessed over the Internet at any time. Visit the Continuing Education Online Class Center to view information on additional online courses.

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Q - How do I choose a program of study?

Detailed class descriptions are included in the CCBC Schedule of Classes and online at the Continuing Education web site . Program coordinators may also be available to answer questions either by phone or e-mail.

Q - Is it possible to take a credit course as a Continuing Education student?

Yes, but you may be required to take a placement test or have completed other courses as prerequisites before you are eligible to take the credit course that you want.

Co-listed courses are also available.

Q - What are co-listed courses and what are their advantages?

Co-listed courses allow you to take credit classes as a continuing education student. You do not have to go through the credit admission process or meet the normal prerequisites. You choose whether to take tests or complete assignments. Once you select the co-listed class option and register, you cannot change to credit or audit status.

Co-listed classes allow you to get what you want from a course, and they are perfect for students seeking knowledge and not a degree. It is easier and faster to enroll since you don’t have to take the placement tests or meet prerequisites.

Q - Can I get any career counseling if I discover that I want to take additional classes for credit?

Career counseling is an integral component of the CCBC literacy program and several occupational skills training programs. Career counselors work with students enrolled in adult basic education classes, GED classes, ESOL classes and employment training programs to enable interested students to explore career options and the course work necessary to achieve their goals.

Generally, Continuing Education program coordinators can assist students with answers to specific program concerns. They do not, however, do career counseling beyond their area of expertise.

Q - What types of employment training programs do you have?

CCBC offers a wide range of job training opportunities, which reflect current labor market trends.

CCBC’s apprenticeship programs are offered in cooperation with many of the local sponsoring organizations throughout the state of Maryland. Training is offered in the areas of carpentry, construction, electrical, plumbing, etc.

Whether you’re looking to upgrade your job skills, become certified or prepare for work in the computer industry, CCBC offers hundreds of options. Information and a contact person are listed on the web page and in the schedule of classes publication.

CCBC offers many opportunities in health care training to meet the demands of the ever-growing job market. A Health Open House is offered prior to the start of each semester to help those interested in exploring Continuing Education training opportunities in health care, such as: dental assisting, veterinary assisting, surgical technology, reactivation of a professional license, CPR certification and more. Check the college web site or current schedule of classes for the date of the Health Open House.

CCBC is a leading regional provider of customized education and training programs. Annually, CCBC partners with hundreds of businesses and organizations in both the private and public sectors to deliver state-of-the-industry instruction and necessary basic skills. Whether on campus or at the workplace, CCBC’s cost-effective and value-added training helps to develop employee skills. We can make it easy for your staff to adapt to new technologies and better respond to the ever-changing global environment.

Course information, program information and a contact person for all employment training programs are listed on the college's web page and in the schedule of classes publication. Someone is available to respond to your request either by phone or e-mail.

Q - How do I get my GED?

In the state of Maryland, if you pass the General Educational Development (GED) examination given by the Maryland State Department of Education, you earn a high school diploma. CCBC offers both GED classes and the GEDy phone or e-mail.

Q - Is it possible to take a credit course as a Continuing Education student?

Yes, but you may be required to take a placement test or have completed other courses as prerequisites before you are eligible to take the credit course that you want.

Co-listed courses are also available.

Q - What are co-listed courses and what are their advantages?

Co-listed courses allow you to take credit classes as a continuing education student. You do not have to go through the credit admission process or meet the normal prerequisites. You choose whether to take tests or complete assignments. Once you select the co-listed class option and register, you cannot change to credit or audit status.

Co-listed classes allow you to get what you want from a course, and they are perfect for students seeking knowledge and not a degree. It is easier and faster to enroll since you don’t have to take the placement tests or meet prerequisites.

Q - Can I get any career counseling if I discover that I want to take additional classes for credit?

Career counseling is an integral component of the CCBC literacy program and several occupational skills training programs. Career counselors work with students enrolled in adult basic education classes, GED classes, ESOL classes and employment training programs to enable interested students to explore career options and the course work necessary to achieve their goals.

Generally, Continuing Education program coordinators can assist students with answers to specific program concerns. They do not, however, do career counseling beyond their area of expertise.

Q - What types of employment training programs do you have?

CCBC offers a wide range of job training opportunities, which reflect current labor market trends.

CCBC’s apprenticeship programs are offered in cooperation with many of the local sponsoring organizations throughout the state of Maryland. Training is offered in the areas of carpentry, construction, electrical, plumbing, etc.

Whether you’re looking to upgrade your job skills, become certified or prepare for work in the computer industry, CCBC offers hundreds of options. Information and a contact person are listed on the web page and in the schedule of classes publication.

CCBC offers many opportunities in health care training to meet the demands of the ever-growing job market. A Health Open House is offered prior to the start of each semester to help those interested in exploring Continuing Education training opportunities in health care, such as: dental assisting, veterinary assisting, surgical technology, reactivation of a professional license, CPR certification and more. Check the college web site or current schedule of classes for the date of the Health Open House.

CCBC is a leading regional provider of customized education and training programs. Annually, CCBC partners with hundreds of businesses and organizations in both the private and public sectors to deliver state-of-the-industry instruction and necessary basic skills. Whether on campus or at the workplace, CCBC’s cost-effective and value-added training helps to develop employee skills. We can make it easy for your staff to adapt to new technologies and better respond to the ever-changing global environment.

Course information, program information and a contact person for all employment training programs are listed on the college's web page and in the schedule of classes publication. Someone is available to respond to your request either by phone or e-mail.

Q - How do I get my GED?

In the state of Maryland, if you pass the General Educational Development (GED) examination given by the Maryland State Department of Education, you earn a high school diploma. CCBC offers both GED classes and the GED examination. The test is given in Baltimore County once monthly on each of the CCBC campuses. An application must be completed and received by the 15th of the month prior to testing. It is strongly advised that you pass the GED Practice Test prior to sitting for the GED Exam. The GED Practice Test is also given monthly on the Essex and Catonsville campuses. The Practice Test provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate those skills needed to pass the GED Test. GED classes are offered year round throughout Baltimore County. Go to the Center for Family and Adult Literacy page.

Q - What is the External Diploma Program?

The External Diploma Program (EDP) is an option for the more mature adult to earn a high school diploma. There is no classroom instruction involved. It requires the demonstration of both academic and functional life skills, including skills related to occupational preparedness. For more information about the EDP program go to the Center for Adult and Family Literacy web site.

Academic Progress and Graduation

Q - What type of certificate do I get upon completion of a non-credit program or course?

Most Continuing Education programs acknowledge student completion with some “official” recognition, which varies by program. Some programs offer certificates and documentation that describe clearly the outcomes achieved; other programs offer certificates of completion.

Q - Can I receive academic credit for Continuing Education courses?

Generally not, however, Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and certificates are available for many courses.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are based on the number of contact hours for a course. They are earned upon completion of the course and coursework. CEUs cannot be applied to a degree program, but they are often necessary in maintaining certification or licensure in certain careers.

Financial Assistance

Q - Is financial assistance available for Continuing Education classes? Who is eligible?

Some financial assistance is available for some courses. Check with the coordinator of the program you wish to take to see if assistance is available.

Assistance may be available in the form of grants, loans, incremental payments, and federal assistance for job training.

Financial assistance may also be available for specific populations as well as certain programs.

examination. The test is given in Baltimore County once monthly on each of the CCBC campuses. An application must be completed and received by the 15th of the month prior to testing. It is strongly advised that you pass the GED Practice Test prior to sitting for the GED Exam. The GED Practice Test is also given monthly on the Essex and Catonsville campuses. The Practice Test provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate those skills needed to pass the GED Test. GED classes are offered year round throughout Baltimore County. Go to the Center for Family and Adult Literacy page.

Q - What is the External Diploma Program?

The External Diploma Program (EDP) is an option for the more mature adult to earn a high school diploma. There is no classroom instruction involved. It requires the demonstration of both academic and functional life skills, including skills related to occupational preparedness. For more information about the EDP program go to the Center for Adult and Family Literacy web site.

Academic Progress and Graduation

Q - What type of certificate do I get upon completion of a non-credit program or course?

Most Continuing Education programs acknowledge student completion with some “official” recognition, which varies by program. Some programs offer certificates and documentation that describe clearly the outcomes achieved; other programs offer certificates of completion.

Q - Can I receive academic credit for Continuing Education courses?

Generally not, however, Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and certificates are available for many courses.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are based on the number of contact hours for a course. They are earned upon completion of the course and coursework. CEUs cannot be applied to a degree program, but they are often necessary in maintaining certification or licensure in certain careers.

Financial Assistance

Q - Is financial assistance available for Continuing Education classes? Who is eligible?

Some financial assistance is available for some courses. Check with the coordinator of the program you wish to take to see if assistance is available.

Assistance may be available in the form of grants, loans, incremental payments, and federal assistance for job training.

Financial assistance may also be available for specific populations as well as certain programs.

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