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New Certificates Combine Basic Skills With Training

Feb. 21, 2012
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        Students can receive training for in-demand jobs as hotel front desk clerks or entry-level accounting technicians while improving their reading, writing and math skills by enrolling in two new offerings at Anne Arundel Community College.

        The seven-week Maryland Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (MI-BEST) program offers training in hotel front desk clerk and accounting technology and is offered at no charge to participants through AACC’s partnerships with the Maryland State Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulations and a grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

        Anyone interested should attend one of the three information sessions at the Mount Olive Community Life Center, 2 Hicks Ave., Annapolis: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, March 6; 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, March 7; or 7-9 p.m. Thursday, March 8. Those who enroll must attend one of the four-day orientation and testing sessions, also at Mount Olive Community Life Center: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. March 12-15; or 1-4 p.m. March 26-29. To sign up for the information session or obtain more information about the programs, call Amy Gurtshaw, 410-777-1825 or aegurtshaw@aacc.edu.

        Hotel front desk students will learn front office management, reservation technology, customer service and front desk administration. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Handbook, that field is projected to grow faster than average, 14 percent, through 2018. Accounting technology students will learn Microsoft Word, Excel and Access, as well as QuickBooks, basic accounting and bookkeeping.

        The program is open to any age 16 or older who has not earned a high school diploma or GED. Anyone who is younger than 19 years old must be officially withdrawn from high school. All participants must be able to commit to all seven weeks of classes, which meet five days a week. Upon completion, students earn an AACC continuing education certificate, are eligible to earn the National Restaurant Association Customer Service Certification and can enroll in an intensive four-week GED Preparation class. Students have the best chance of success if they are motivated to learn and determined to succeed.

        By combining basic adult skills with workplace training, the MI-BEST program helps underprepared students, many of whom are unemployed or coming to college to retrain for a new career, move more quickly back into the workforce.

About Anne Arundel Community College
Anne Arundel Community College is an award-winning, fully accredited public two-year institution serving approximately 53,000 students each year through classes offered at more than 100 sites in Anne Arundel County or online. National and regional award-winning studies can lead to a degree, certificate, industry credential, transfer to a four-year institution or career enhancement, personal enrichment and lifelong learning. AACC celebrates its 50th Anniversary beginning this fall.