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2009 One of Progress and Growth for CSM

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Significant growth has been the theme during 2009 for the College of Southern Maryland as the college has developed and offered more programs and courses, enrollments continue to grow, and online offerings remain in high demand.

Enrollment continues to be record-breaking, with 8,827 students enrolled for Fall 2009—reflecting more than 17 percent more than four years ago. Additionally, to meet the future workforce needs for Southern Maryland, CSM has new academic programs this year in hospitality management, homeland security, computer engineering, electrical engineering, nuclear engineering technology and massage therapy.

Articulations expanded with Capitol College in business and with University of Maryland, Southern Maryland Higher Education Center and the US Navy in engineering. Also launched was Career Starters, non-credit, job-specific, short-term training programs to prepare individuals for entry-level positions in high-demand industries.
 
To accommodate the expanding enrollment and programs, construction continued on the Wellness and Aquatics Center, the fourth building at the Leonardtown Campus. During 2009, the college also opened the Center for Trades and Energy Training on Irongate Drive in Waldorf, a 17,858-square-foot facility that is home to CSM’s non-credit Career Starters trades and apprenticeship programs and advanced skills training. It includes labs for electrical, HVAC, welding and carpentry.

Also under design is the second building for the Prince Frederick Campus, which will house the college’s new Associate in Applied Science in Nuclear Engineering Technology.
 
Community partnerships and outreach have also expanded. Exceeding its goal and raising more than $7.7 million to support the college’s initiatives, the CSM Foundation wrapped up its first-ever major gifts campaign with several opportunities to recognize the many organizations, businesses and individuals who have contributed to this successful campaign.

The CSM Foundation is looking forward to a year-long celebration of its 40th anniversary beginning in January 2010. Other partnerships included the college hosting the first Southern Maryland Regional Piano Competition at the Prince Frederick Campus in which high school students auditioned and performed on the world-class Boesendorfer piano. Deadline to participate in the 2010 competition is Jan. 15.

Additionally the college and its community partners were awarded a grant by the National Endowment of the Arts to offer the second Big Read of "Fahrenheit 451" which will kick off Jan. 30. CSM also partnered with businesses, the military and defense contractors to expand Robotics Competitions to the middle and elementary school levels, and to offer Youth in Technology and other STEM- related activities.
 
This year CSM has reaffirmed its mission, its values of diversity, excellence, innovation, integrity, knowledge, respect and teamwork as it envisions transforming lives through lifelong learning and service. For information, visit www.csmd.edu.

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