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College to Offer Combined GED and A+ Certification Class

Carroll Community College has been awarded a $50,000 grant to implement Round III of the statewide MI-BEST pilot. The funds will be used to offer a combined GED and A+ Certification class, helping students to earn a high school diploma while starting on a career path in the Information Technology field.

Based on the Washington state Integrating Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) model, MI-BEST offers Maryland residents the opportunity to improve basic skills while earning an industry-recognized credential in a field offering family-sustaining wages. This concurrent model has been piloted in other jurisdictions around the state; this will focus on GED preparation and A+ certification, which prepares students for jobs in the Information Technology sector.

Computer User Support Specialists and related occupations are identified as "Bright Outlook" occupations by the United States Department of Labor; there are also strong indications that there are many opportunities in this field both regionally and locally. Additionally, the recently-released Baltimore Talent Development Pipeline study identified Information Technology as one of the six sectors offering the greatest promise for low-skilled workers to move into family-supporting, middle-skill jobs.

Grant funds have been awarded by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation and the Annie E. Casey Foundation and will support all training costs, including books and test fees.

Carroll will hold an information session for prospective students on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 6 p.m. in room N201. Pre-registration is requested. Contact ged@carrollcc.edu or 410-386-8630 to register.

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