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February 20, 2013

Columbia, Maryland  — This spring Howard Community College is offering over 50 noncredit continuing education courses, at least 40 of them offered for this first time. Online registration begins Feb. 20; walk-in, fax, and mailed registrations starts March 8. Mailed brochures reach county residences the second week of March.

New courses are offered in business, communications, entrepreneurship, leadership, child care, computers and information technology, health care, and lifelong learning. There are also new offerings for the 60+ population. County residents also have the opportunity to explore new topics online.

Residents interested in business, communications, entrepreneurship and leadership courses have a variety of topics to choose from, including ICC Residential Energy Plans Review/Field Inspector Exam Prep, But I Hate Sales™ and WSET Level II Wine Certification. New online courses range from digital marketing to revenue generation for nonprofits. 

A new group of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) courses have been designed to help child care professionals and parents develop curriculum learning activities to support critical thinking skills young children need for school readiness and success. Specific course titles include: The S in STEM: Science Questions; The T in STEM: Tekkies, From Cave Kids to 21st Century; The E in STEM: Engineering, How Do We Do That; and STEAM Ahead With Arts Activities. New topics in computer and information technology include developing mobile websites and preparation for Security+ certification. Health care professionals can learn how to provide immediate medical care to the critically ill or injured patients through new emergency medical courses.

New lifelong learning courses cover a broad range of interests from foundations of watercolor painting to learning the groundwork for planning a family reunion.  For Maryland residents age 60 and above, topics in history and finances have been added.  

Most classes are grade-free and exam-free, except licensure/certification offerings. Businesses may also arrange customized training for groups of staff members on the company site or at the college’s business training facilities.

For a full listing of new continuing education noncredit courses at Howard Community College, click here.  For more information, call HCC’s Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development at 443-518-1700 or visit

About HCC
Howard Community College (HCC) is a publicly funded two-year community college serving the educational needs of the citizens and employers in Howard County, Maryland since 1970. With its slogan, “You Can Get There from Here,” the college has forged a variety of partnerships to offer career and transfer programs to over 30,000 students annually at its main campus in Columbia, the Ecker Business Training Center, Laurel College Center, and Mount Airy College Center for Health Care Education. Located midway between two major metropolitan areas, Washington DC and Baltimore, MD, Howard Community College is an affordable, community-based institution that has long been recognized for its ability to inspire learning, and the lifelong pursuit of personal and professional goals. Among its many awards is the prestigious U.S. Senate Productivity Award for organizational performance excellence.