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HCC’s New Spring Noncredit Courses Respond to National & Local Trends

February 20, 2014

(Columbia, MD) – This spring, Howard Community College is offering nearly 50 new noncredit continuing education courses. Among them are a series of wellness and stress relief courses that focus on mindfulness meditation—an initiative that helps people cope better with life’s everyday challenges as recently featured in TIME magazine, The Baltimore Sun, and other national and regional publications. More new wellness classes cover bone health, family nutrition, dementia, and other personal health topics.

To meet local workforce and individual professional development needs, new courses will also be offered in child care; certifications and licenses; entrepreneurship and self-employment; and health care. There are also new English as a Second Language courses, lifelong learning classes, and offerings for the 60+ population. Online registration begins February 20; walk-in, fax, and mailed registrations start March 11. Mailed brochures reach county residences in early March.

Residents interested in entrepreneurship can take in-person classes about how to connect to the Hispanic market and how to start a professional makeup business. An online entrepreneurship class offers the chance for professionals to earn a Continuing Education Entrepreneurship Certificate.

A new certification preparation course provides training to anyone who operates or plans to operate a powered industrial lift truck or forklift. This course meets two of the three Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements for certification. For residents who speak English as a second language and need to sharpen their writing skills, a set of grammar classes have been added.

A series of three-hour classes are available to help child care professionals align their programs with Maryland EXCELS as well as to help child care providers reach higher Maryland child care credential levels. For health care professionals, the fundamentals of clinical laboratory testing and physical therapy and occupational therapy training have been added.

New lifelong learning courses cover a broad range of interests from marketing fiction to singing. Private instruction will also be available for experienced motorcyclists to improve their riding skills. For Maryland residents age 60 and above, there are new topics in the arts and history.  

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 view a 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.

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.