CSM Hosts Career Starters Open Houses

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The College of Southern Maryland is hosting three Career Starters program open houses beginning with its La Plata Campus on Aug. 8, the Leonardtown Campus on Aug. 10 and the Prince Frederick Campus Aug. 12 to introduce its slate of non-credit training courses for people who want to kick start a career in a high-demand industry in 10 to 16 weeks.

Career Starters programs include classes offered in short sequences for students to gain skills quickly to enter the workforce.  The career fields of business, construction, early childhood, healthcare, hospitality, information technology, transportation and veterinarian are offered through the Career Starters program.
During the open houses, prospective students will have an opportunity to meet with a program coordinator and instructors from each career field, learn location and schedule of classes for individual training programs learn about financing options, and register for classes. All three CSM campuses as well as at the new CSM Center for Trades and Energy Training in Waldorf which will see its grand opening on Sept. 24 will offer Career Starters programs.

The Center for Trades and Energy Training, located at 17 Irongate Drive in Waldorf, will offer training courses focusing on construction trades including building maintenance, carpentry, electrical, heating, ventilation and air conditioning and welding. All other Career Starters training program classes will be offered at CSM campuses in La Plata, Leonardtown and Prince Frederick. Additionally, through Career Services, students can receive assistance in building a resume and developing solid interview skills as well as have access to the college’s online Job Connections employment database.

Career Starters Open Houses will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 8 at the La Plata Campus Center for Business and Industry, Room BI-113; from 4 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 12 at the Prince Frederick Campus, Room 119; and from 4 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 10 at the Leonardtown Campus Auditorium, Room A-206.

For information on Career Starters, visit or call (301) 934-7765 or (301) 870-2309, (240) 725-5499 or (443) 550-6199, ext. 7765.

A regionally accredited community college that provides programs and services with a special focus on local workforce development to maintain and grow a healthy economy and community, the College of Southern Maryland is a two-time silver level recipient of the Maryland Performance Excellence Award. CSM, founded in 1958, is the fifth largest community college in Maryland with campuses in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties. For information about CSM, call (301) 934-7765 or (301) 870-2309, (240) 725-5499 or (443) 550-6199, ext. 7765 or visit

CSM’s campuses are accessible to patrons with disabilities. Audio description for the visually impaired and sign language interpretation for the hearing impaired are available with a minimum two week advanced notice. If you are interested in these services, please contact the academic support/ADA coordinator at (301) 934-7614.

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