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For immediate release
December 12, 2011

Media contact: Hope H. Davis

CCBC’s new MI-BEST training option helps students earn
their high school diploma and a trade simultaneously

Registration sessions begin in January at CCBC Dundalk

Baltimore, Md. -- The Community College of Baltimore County has launched MI-BEST (Maryland Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training), a new occupational training option developed for people seeking to earn their high school diploma while learning a trade. Classes begin January 30, 2012 at CCBC Dundalk, 7200 Sollers Point Road. Assessment, orientation and registration sessions will also be held at CCBC Dundalk, Bldg. E, Room 100 at the following times:

Session 1 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012
Session 2 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012
Session 3 5 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012

MI-BEST is being offered at no cost to the public through the support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, and the Maryland Workforce Corporation. This intensive series of classes will allow students to enter the fields of Building Maintenance and Construction. They will learn how to keep buildings and mechanical equipment in top shape, learn carpentry, electrical and plumbing skills, as well as learn to design and install siding. Upon completion of the training, students will have increased their academic skills in the five subject areas required to test for their high school diploma and earned a CCBC Continuing Education Certificate in Building Maintenance, helping them open the door to a new career and earn a family-sustaining wage.

MI-BEST is open to all Maryland residents 18 years or older who have not earned a high school diploma and can demonstrate at least an eighth grade level in reading and math skills.

Call 443-840-4700 for additional information on this class series and to determine eligibility, or email Matthew Bernardy at

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