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Adult Education Programs in Maryland with School Info

Several community colleges in Maryland offer education programs designed specifically for the adult student. Adults can elect to take non-credit courses or pursue a diploma in a wide range of career-related or personal enrichment topics. Two of these schools and the adult education programs they offer are discussed at length here.

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Adult learners have several school and program options for continuing their education in Maryland. Here we look at a few of the available schools and some of the programs that they offer.

Schools and Programs

Adult learners seeking to enhance their professional skills or further develop a special interest can consider programs offered at many Maryland community colleges. Three of these colleges, located in the central and northern parts of the state, are profiled here. These schools offer personal enrichment courses as well as programs for English language learners and adults seeking to complete a general education diploma. Other courses are offered in areas of art, computers, writing, and exercise.

Schools At a Glance

Montgomery College

  • This 2-year institution is located in Rockville, MD.
  • The school offers online and on-campus courses.

Carroll Community College

  • This 2-year school resides in Westminster, MD.
  • The school has online and on-campus courses available.

University of Maryland- College Park

  • This is a 4-year school located in College Park, MD.
  • The school offers online and on-campus courses.

Montgomery College's Adult Education Programs

Montgomery College, centrally located in Rockville, Maryland, offers courses for older adult students in computers, finance, art, language and gardening through its Workforce Development and Continuing Education Department. Programs that are also offered include general education diploma (GED) and English for students of other languages (ESOL) programs.

General Education Diploma Programs

The GED program at Montgomery College prepares students to take the high school diploma equivalency test. Programs are available at two levels for those who require additional education or those who are ready for the GED test.

English for Students of Other Languages Programs

The ESOL programs are offered at various levels to fit the needs of the students. Courses are offered to help English language learners prepare for careers in areas of healthcare, the building trade or customers service, along with a citizen preparation class.

Art Courses

The Workforce Development and Continuing Education department offers several art courses. Course topics include drawing and painting, digital photography, graphic design and digital arts and printmaking.

Information Technology Courses

Computer courses are designed for beginner users. Courses cover computer basics and using the Internet.

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Carroll Community College's Adult Education Programs

Carroll Community College is located in the north central region of the state in Westminster. The college offers personal enrichment courses for adult students through its Continuing Education Department. Courses are offered in the arts, writing, literature and health and wellness in addition to ESOL and GED programs.

General Education Diploma Programs

Carroll Community College's GED program prepares students for the GED exam. Students may enroll in a practice test course before taking the actual exam.

English for Students of Other Languages Programs

ESOL programs at Carroll, available at several locations, are free. Also on the curriculum are advanced classes and online ESOL courses.

Arts Courses

Courses in the arts comprise drawing, painting, watercolors, sculpture and photography. Students interested in crafting may take stained glass and knitting courses, among others.

Writing and Publishing Courses

Adult students can choose from a character workshop in fiction. Also available are courses in writing your memoir, grammar, and the essentials of writing a book.

Health and Wellness Courses

Adult students can participate in fitness classes, including Yoga, aerobics and aquatic exercise. They can learn about preventative and alternative health trends through integrative health lectures or learn the art of yoga and tai chi.

University of Maryland- College Park's Adult Education Programs

Through its Office of Extended Studies, the University of Maryland offers a variety of continuing education, graduate and post-baccalaureate programs, as well as workforce development programs and an MCAT preparation program. Many of these programs are offered on-campus, online and/or in hybrid formats.

Workforce Development Programs

The Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship offers an Innovation Boot Camp, while the Department of Communication offers several programs to enhance the interpreting and translating skills of professional interpreters. The School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures also offers a program on second language acquisition. These programs are available online, on-campus or in a hybrid format.

Post-baccalaureate Programs

These programs are designed to prepare students for a new professional career, prepare students for graduate school or help advance current careers. The school offers a Science in the Evening program that covers topics in biology, physics and chemistry, as well as a Hearing and Speech in the Evening program that prepares students for graduate study in language pathology, audiology and hearing, language or speech sciences.

Graduate Programs

The school offers several different graduate certificate and master's degree programs in areas including psychology, journalism, entomology, communication, business and more. Several of these programs are offered on-campus, online and/or in a blended format. Classes are available in a fall/spring semester format or a twelve-week, four-term plan.

Students in Maryland can find a wide variety of courses and programs to further their education, many of which are available online or in hybrid formats in addition to on-campus. Subject areas range from art to business to psychology.

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