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HCC’s New Summer Noncredit Courses to Focus on Professional & Personal Enrichment

April 24, 2014

(Columbia, MD) - This summer, Howard Community College is offering new noncredit continuing education courses that can help residents build their entrepreneurial and acting skills as well as explore personal enrichment opportunities. Residents ages 60+ interested in history can choose a new course focusing on the Civil War. Hundreds of returning favorites cover course topics including business, computers and information technology, health care careers, adult basic skills, English as a Second Language, lifestyle and leisure, test preparation, and motorcycle safety. County residents also have the opportunity to explore topics online.

Online registration begins April 24; walk-in, fax, and mailed registrations starts May 8. Mailed brochures reach county residences the second week of May.

Below is a listing of some of the new continuing education noncredit courses at Howard Community College:

  • Starting Your Own Boutique – Residents interested in starting their own small retail business can gain an overview of the various aspects of business ownership and operation.  
  • Getting Started in Acting –  Aspiring actors and actresses can learn the differences in medium, audition techniques, unions, resources, local opportunities, and so much more.
  • Picture This: Image Transfers – Students in this class will learn how to create their own abstract art work using photographs and photocopies.
  • Civil War History: Spies and Women Soldiers – Residents ages 60+ can examine the duties and actions of Civil War spies and women soldiers as well as explore topics including famous spies, spymasters, spy rings of the Union and Confederacy, and espionage methods used during the war.

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 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.