CSM gives ‘Tip of the Hat’ to trades train­ing

‘There has never been a bet­ter time to be in the trades,’ says CSM of­fi­cial

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Sixty-six new stu­dents were wel­comed to the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land (CSM) Re­gional Hugh­esville Cam­pus, Cen­ter for Trades and En­ergy Train­ing (CTET) this month with a “Tip of the Hat” re­cep­tion in the cen­ter’s CORE con­struc­tion lab, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

The trades­men and tradeswomen, con­sid­ered ‘first-year’ skilled trade stu­dents, are start­ing CORE con­struc­tion, Part 1 HVAC or Part 1 weld­ing classes in pur­suit of cer­ti­fi­ca­tions.

“I can’t tell you how much we ap­pre­ci­ate that you have cho­sen the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land and our Cen­ter for Trades and En­ergy Train­ing for your ca­reer prepa­ra­tion,” CSM Pres­i­dent Maureen Mur­phy told the crowd be­fore hand­ing out ball caps and cake to the at­ten­dees. “The world as we know it, would not ex­ist with­out your ex­per­tise.”

Mur­phy shared a re­port from the Na­tional Cen­ter for Con­struc­tion Ed­u­ca­tion and Re­search that de­scribed the nation’s crit­i­cal need to re­vi­tal­ize the con­struc­tion in­dus­try. “The back­bone of our so­ci­ety rests on the craft pro­fes­sion­als who build our hos­pi­tals and schools, wire elec­tric­ity within our homes and bring us in­door plumb­ing,” she quoted.

“There has never been a bet­ter time to be in the trades,” echoed Dan Mosser, CSM vice pres­i­dent of con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion and work­force de­vel­op­ment. “The na­tion­wide short­age of skilled craft pro­fes­sion­als — car­pen­ters, elec­tri­cians, plumbers, welders, HVAC tech­ni­cians and all the trades — exceed 1.5 mil­lion po­si­tions. To­day, skilled trades pro­fes­sion­als — craft work­ers and jour­ney­men alike — earn on av­er­age $9,835 more an­nu­ally than the four-year de­gree grad­u­ate.”

The 30,000-square-foot CTET, the first build­ing on the Re­gional Hughes-

ville Cam­pus, pro­vides res­i­dents di­rect ac­cess to spe­cial­ized train­ing in ca­reer fields that have sub­stan­tial growth po­ten­tial in­clud­ing weld­ing, car­pen­try, elec­tri­cal, HVAC, plumb­ing and core car­pen­try skills, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

The “Tip of the Hat” wel­come re­cep­tion capped off a week of cel­e­bra­tions across CSM’s cam­puses as the in­sti­tu­tion marks its 60th an­niver­sary dur­ing 2018 and its rich history sup­port­ing South­ern Mary­land’s res­i­dents and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

“We are your com­mu­nity col­lege and we see this 60th mile­stone as be­ing one for ev­ery­one in South­ern Mary­land to share in cel­e­bra­tion,” Mur­phy in th re­lease. “The most pow­er­ful things hap­pen­ing at com­mu­nity col­leges are that en­tire fam­i­lies are be­ing changed for­ever and the op­por­tu­ni­ties just open up.”

Such is the case for firstyear skilled trade stu­dent Roy Naraine, 65, of Wal­dorf. Af­ter fin­ish­ing his mas­ter’s de­gree in hu­man re­sources and man­age­ment from Web­ster Univer­sity last spring thanks to the GI Bill, the re­tired U.S. Navy mas­ter chief with 30 years of ac­tive duty said he de­cided to fol­low in his two sons’ foot­steps by at­tend­ing classes at CSM this se­mes­ter.

Naraine’s son Shawn com­pleted the CSM pre-en­gi­neer­ing pro­gram through the South­ern Mary­land En­gi­neer­ing Part­ner­ship (SMD-E) with the Naval Air War­fare Cen­ter and the Univer­sity of Mary­land at Col­lege Park. Shawn fin­ished a four-year en­gi­neer­ing de­gree in South­ern Mary­land by com­plet­ing his first two years of col­lege at CSM and then trans­fer­ring to the Univer­sity of Mary­land A. James Clark School of En­gi­neer­ing lo­cated at the South­ern Mary­land Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­ter to com­plete his fi­nal two years of stud­ies. He is now em­ployed with U.S. Naval Air Sys­tems Com­mand.

Naraine’s son Jonathan, a Marine vet­eran, also at­tended CSM and re­ceived his as­so­ciate’s de­gree in crim­i­nal jus­tice be­fore trans­fer­ring to the Univer­sity of Mary­land to earn his bach­e­lor’s in the same field.

“This is a lot of fun, and this class keeps me young,” laughed Naraine. “I go to school with my neigh­bor’s kids!”

The new stu­dents wel­comed this se­mes­ter to CTET’s pro­grams from Charles County are: Isa­iah Al­ston, An­gela Barnes, Thomas Berry, Stephen Brown, Bailee Camp­bell, Der­rick Cun­ning­ham, Bre­lin El­liott, Eric Gar­cia Sanchez, Leonard Gary, Tyler Get­gen, Carolyn Gille­spie, Mar­cel Ham­mond, Jor­dan Ham­monds, Jah­nathian Har­ri­son, Matthew Har­ri­son, Cameron Hogue, Keyshaun Jones, Mar­quel Jones, Car­roll Laws, Clif­ford Levins, James Ma­son, Keith Moss, Ran­dall Myers, Roy Naraine, Cole Pepin, Kelvin Proc­tor, Charles Richard­son, Ami­natta Se­say, Wal­ter Shaf­fer, Tyler Shotwell, Ryan Ta­mayo, Rico Thomas and Ja­cob Win­kler.

The 74-acre Re­gional Hugh­esville Cam­pus pro­vides of­fer­ings and pro­grams to serve the en­tire re­gion. The mas­ter plan for the re­gional cam­pus, as de­signed and pre­sented by Grimm and Parker Ar­chi­tects, in­cludes five phases of growth. Learn more about CSM’s Re­gional Hugh­esville Cam­pus on­line at https://www.csmd. edu/about/lo­ca­tions/re­gional-cam­pus/.

PHOTO COURTESY OF CSM

These skilled trade stu­dents are start­ing classes at the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land’s Cen­ter for Trades and En­ergy Train­ing to pur­sue cer­ti­fi­ca­tions in weld­ing, car­pen­try, elec­tri­cal, HVAC, plumb­ing and core car­pen­try skills.

PHO­TOS COURTESY OF CSM

Above left, re­tired U.S. Navy Mas­ter Chief Roy Naraine, 65, of Wal­dorf said he de­cided to fol­low in his two sons’ foot­steps by at­tend­ing classes at CSM’s CTET this se­mes­ter. Above right, “There has never been a bet­ter time to be in the trades,” said Dan Mosser, CSM vice pres­i­dent of con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion and work­force de­vel­op­ment.

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