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Career Training Open House

Release Date: 3/26/2009

For Immediate Release
Contact: Sylvia Blair
Executive Assistant to the President
Carroll Community College



Westminster, Md., March 26, 2009 - Carroll Community College is the county's resource for career training programs. In response to the recent economic and employment downturn, the college will hold a Career Training Open House for in-demand careers on Saturday, May 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Continuing Education and Training is sponsoring the event.

The unemployment rate for Carroll County has doubled in just one year. In January, 2009 the unemployment rate was 6.7% - 6,334 people out of jobs, compared to 3.4% - or 3,208 people out of jobs in January, 2008, according to the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation.

Now is the time for job seekers to make the best use of their time unemployed by upgrading their skills. Carroll Community College is responding to the workforce need of Carroll County, especially in these economic times, by providing training for the most in-demand jobs as well as the jobs that will be in-demand in the future.

The Continuing Education & Training Career Training Open House offers information on a variety of in-demand careers. Visitors are invited to explore non-credit career training opportunities in allied health and nursing; apprenticeships; childcare; construction trades; "Green" and energy industries; information technology; commercial truck driver and vet assistant.

For those not sure what is the best path for them or who have questions about career training, the open house will also provide an opportunity to meet instructors and Continuing Education staff, see a variety of trucks on display and meet CDL instructors and employers. A table will also be staffed by representatives of the college's credit programs. Participants may also talk to representatives from the Business and Employment Resource Center (BERC).

Staff from the Adult Education Programs (GED, EDP and ESOL) will also be on hand to answer questions on high school diploma options for adults and English classes for speakers of other languages. "Last year, 19% of our students were unemployed; this year it's 34%," said Rebecca Maurio, Director of Adult Education Programs at Carroll Community College. "We are seeing people who have been laid off who have realized they have limited options due to not having a diploma."

There will also be free workshops on resume writing (bring your resume) and interviewing tips.
For more information call Continuing Education & Training at 410-386-8100.



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