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July 25, 2013

(Columbia, MD) - This fall Howard Community College is offering over 50 new noncredit continuing education courses. Online registration is now underway; walk-in, fax, and mailed registrations starts Aug. 8. Mailed brochures reach county residences the second week of August.

New courses are offered in business, communications, entrepreneurship and self-employment, child care, English as a second language, health care, and lifelong learning. There are also new offerings for the 60+ population and all county residents 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 media training and starting or growing a small business. New online continuing education courses range from the chance to earn a certificate in customer research to a management certificate. 

STEM-Focused Preschool Curriculum 45 Hours features a series of courses designed to help child care professionals develop STEM curriculum while earning the curriculum half of the 90-hour preschool child care teacher certification.  A new Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED course has also been added for child care professionals with limited or no medical training to receive a course completion card in First Aid, CPR, AED, to meet job, regulatory, or other requirements. Reading and vocabulary courses have been added in the English as a Second Language Program for residents to improve reading, speaking, and writing skills while learning new vocabulary. For health care professionals, new medical office skills courses have been added for medical coding/billers to learn anatomy and pathophysiology, and ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM medical coding.

New lifelong learning courses cover a broad range of interests from French cooking and culture to learning how to manage credit and debt. For students ages 11 through 15, a woodshop apprenticeship course has been added for Nov. 1, when Howard County Public Schools are closed, and an electrical guitar building class has been added to teach students ages 11 through 15 how to create a fully tuned guitar of their own design. For Maryland residents age 60 and above, topics in the arts, social media, 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.

Click here to see the full listing of new continuing education noncredit courses at Howard Community College.  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.