New vice president of continuing education at Carroll Community College excited; outgoing VP bids goodbye after more than 3 decades

Libby Trostle
Libby Trostle (Submitted art)

With the new year comes new leadership at Carroll Community College’s Continuing Education and Training.

Libby Trostle, the college’s senior director corporate services and workforce development, has been appointed to and assumed the role of Vice President of Continuing Education and Training at the start of the year, replacing Karen Merkle, who is retiring after more than three decades at Carroll.


Trostle said she previously focused on heading up the workforce training area, which sections like included career training, certification training and business training's.

“It’s exciting because it allows me to have a great impact on the continuing education area,” she said, later adding, “it’s going to be a greater challenge, but also greater reward.”

The campaign, “Investing in a Brilliant Future,” was announced at the annual Starry Night Gala Dec. 7, and already has hit $6.2 million of its total goal through the quiet portion of its fundraising, according to a news release from Carroll Community College.

Trostle said she’s excited to have the opportunity to help shape the future of continuing education at the college, and work to grow programming.

Trostle, who said she considers herself a both a lifelong learner and a non traditional learner because she got her degree later in life, said people can really take advantage of the opportunities the college provides to help them further their career and education.

What Carroll provides is critical, she added, because it gets people into the workplace faster.

Merkle said Trostle is a good fit for the new position, and has new ideas.

“I’m really happy that [Trostle is] taking over,” Merkle said, later adding, “she’s ready.”

But for Merkle, saying goodbye to the college is a big change, she said.

“It’s really hard to leave a place you love to work,” she added.

Karen Merkle
Karen Merkle (Submitted photo)

Merkle served under all three presidents at the college, and according to a news release from Carroll, helped bring the non-credit instructional offerings and programs designed to meet the workforce development, professional development and personal enrichment needs of individuals, businesses and organizations to fruition.

According to the release, she also launched new programs including first in the state signature programs: East Coast Animal Control Academy, Veterinary Assistant Training, Unmanned Aerial Flight Certifications and over 30 Workforce Training Certificate programs leading to industry certifications and licensure and employment.

She was also responsible for expanding Carroll’s business training and entrepreneurial services through Advantage C Corporate Training and Services, and Miller Resources for Entrepreneurs, according to the release.

Merkle oversaw the off-campus grant funded programs including the Community Mediation Center and Adult Education programs, and provided the County’s littlest learners experiential learning opportunities through Summerkids@Carroll+TeenCollege, according to the release.

Merkle said she’s excited for retirement, and moving on to new things in her life like being outdoors, cycling and being active.


And, she said, it’s time for others to take over and continue the work she’s done. It’s time for new energy, she said.

“I think the college is in a great position,” Merkle said.

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